Abortion

Missouri Democrats Retract Welcome to Pro-Life Voters

Pro-life and a Democrat? Missouri's Democratic Party isn't interested.

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Missouri's Democratic Party has no room for voters who lean left but oppose abortion.

In June, the party added an amendment acknowledging that abortion is a contentious issue and emphasizing that pro-life Democrats are "welcome." The amendment did not change the party's longtime platform, which recognizes a woman's right to abortion.

"We respect the conscience of each Missourian and recognize that members of our party have deeply held and sometimes differing positions on issues of personal conscience, such as abortion," the amendment read. "We recognize the diversity of views as a source of strength, and welcome into our ranks all Missourians who may hold differing positions on this issue."

The amendment survived less than two months. The state party's central committee voted overwhelmingly on Saturday to remove and replace it. The new amendment affirms "a woman's right to choose and the right of every person to their own bodily autonomy and to be free from government intrusion in medical decisions, including a decision to carry a pregnancy to term, and oppose any efforts to limit access to reproductive health care."

What's wrong with courting voters whose views on abortion don't match the majority of party members? According to Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber, it's all about party unity. "We got it right, and the final product is something that can unify the whole party," Webber tells The Kansas City Star.

But Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, says Missouri Democrats are simply alienating potential voters. "At what point will the abortion-rights progressives be held accountable for prioritizing their single issue above the health and success of the Democratic Party?" she said in a statement.

Nobody asked the Missouri Democratic Party to oppose abortion itself. The amendment in question simply allowed for a bit of ideological diversity. That might hurt them in the Show Me state. Both houses of Missouri's legislature are currently controlled by the GOP, and Gov. Mike Parson (R) is a pro-life conservative. At the state level, Democrats obviously aren't doing a great job of appealing to Missourians.

At the federal level, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D–Mo.), who's very much pro-choice, is widely seen as one of the Democratic senators most likely to lose her seat come November. Pro-life groups have pounced on her pro-choice bonafides, as has her Republican opponent, Attotney General Josh Hawley.

Instead of welcoming pro-life liberals, Missouri's Democratic Party is leaving them out in the cold, says Darryl Jeffries, a pro-life Democrat who attended Saturday's committee meeting. "It just sounded like I was disenfranchised and wasn't welcome," Jeffries tells The Star. "I call myself moderately pro-life; I don't have all the answers. But the language I heard was 'We really don't want to hear from you people.'"

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41 responses to “Missouri Democrats Retract Welcome to Pro-Life Voters

  1. >>>”At what point will the abortion-rights progressives be held accountable for prioritizing their single issue above the health and success of the Democratic Party?”

    4 minutes after they are held accountable for prioritizing their single issue above the health and success of babies.

    1. “At what point will the abortion-rights progressives be held accountable for prioritizing their single issue above the health and success of the Democratic Party?”

      Hopefully never? 😀

    2. Jebus, the phrase “shooting themselves in the foot” takes on a different meaning when they have drawn bulls eyes on said feet.

  2. Shorter article: regional party reaffirms desire to remain irrelevant in the country outside of a few coastal enclaves

  3. Money talks: Pro-lifers are not welcome for the coastal progs who bankroll the DEM party

  4. They’re pro-choice only if you make the right choice. A woman choosing to be pro-life is not a woman’s right to choose they’re going to support. Just more of the Orwellian vocabulary where fascists call themselves anti-fascists, racists call themselves anti-racists and intolerant people call themselves tolerant.

    1. Not only is that choice supported, Democrats fight for ensuring adequate neo-natal and post-natal care for children, support for education (they can see nearby Oklahoma going to a four day school week, and neighboring Kansas where districts had to end the year early due to lack of funding) and better funded state universities.

      Oh, you were saying that the women want to choose what other women do?

      1. Yes, I’m talking about the women who fight to make other people pay for their choices.

      2. Democrats love to support women’s choices.

        Joe Salazar, Colorado Democrat while voting to prevent women from being armed for self defense on college campuses: Women Don’t Need Guns If They “Feel Like They’re Going To Be Raped”

        –Begin quote–
        Supporting HB13-1226 was Colorado Democrat Rep. Joe Salazar. While arguing for the disarmament of college students, Salazar said that even if women feel like they’re going to be raped, that’s no justification for carrying a Glock in your purse or book bag.
        “It’s why we have call boxes; it’s why we have safe zones; it’s why we have the whistles,” Salazar opined.
        “Because you just don’t know who you’re gonna be shooting at. And you don’t know if you feel like you’re gonna be raped, or if you feel like someone’s been following you around or if you feel like you’re in trouble when you may actually not be, that you pop out that gun and you pop … pop a round at somebody.”
        –End quote–

        1. “It’s why we have call boxes; it’s why we have safe zones; it’s why we have the whistles,” Salazar opined.”

        2. Wow. “SJWs always project”.

          So…we don’t accept a woman’s assessment if she feels like she’s in danger of being assaulted or raped, but we DO accept a woman’s assessment if she feels someone might use words that would make her feel bad.

          I cannot help but note that the difference between the situations is that in one, she’s appealing to a mob of affirmation-giving, like-minded, progressives and in the other she’s resorting to her own agency to defend herself. And this Salazar fuck is in favor of the wrong one.

  5. Meh. Kind of surprised to see this here Joe. Not a bad article. But it shouldn’t be a surprise that Dems dont want to appeal to voters outside of the inner cities.

  6. It’s almost like you people think it’s the government’s job to make them do good things and not do bad things.

  7. But Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America

    Ugh, I just can’t even believe such a vile group exists. “Democrats for Life”? Might as well call yourselves “Feminists for Patriarchy.” Or “Libertarians for Closed Borders.”

    In fact, the Democratic Party’s uncompromising commitment to abortion access is its most attractive feature, from both a libertarian and humanitarian perspective. There are many difficult, ambiguous issues in politics. Abortion, however, isn’t one of them. You have the reproductive rights of a human being versus the “right” of a clump of cells to continue acting as a parasite. It’s not a tough call.

    I applaud Missouri Democrats for being on the right side of history. There is no place for anti-abortion fanatics in polite society, and there is certainly no place for them in the Democratic Party.

    #StandWithPP

    1. OBL, you are really on your game today!

    2. This deserves a round of applause. Good satire OBL.

  8. According to Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber, it’s all about party unity. “We got it right, and the final product is something that can unify the whole party,” Webber tells The Kansas City Star.

    Well, that’s a tautology – any absolute statement can unify the party if the party is defined as people who support the absolute statement. “We worship Satan as our Lord and Master” can unify the whole party, as long as you understand the whole party is going to consist of people who worship Satan as their Lord and Master. All the former members fleeing in droves? Well, they’re not part of the party any more, are they.

    1. B-but blue wave.

      1. It is turning out that they are waving bye-bye – – – – – – –

    2. We have a big tent but we only allow a select group in it.

  9. “”I call myself moderately pro-life; I don’t have all the answers.”

    If you’re not rigidly in favor of slaughtering an infant the day before it would naturally be born, the Democratic party has no place for you

    1. Weird, because the amendment I read specifically said they support reproductive rights “including a decision to carry a pregnancy to term.”

      1. What are you going to believe; a party platform, or the legislation produced by those elected on that platform?
        If you oppose pro-life, you must be anti-life.

      2. So they like to flexibly interpret their own party’s amendments too, not just the constitution.

      3. I see no mention of the reproductive rights of the father.

      4. Yes, but they won’t even support lifesaving aid and nourishment to a baby born alive before an abortion could be completed

  10. Whoa, check out the new kid wandering off the cocktail-party virtue-signalling reservation! Is he the love child of Stephanie Slade?

    For all the wokeness, for all that “social liberalism” has advanced to ever more insane levels in our society, it is truly remarkable that in [current year] overall public opinion on this, the granddaddy “enlightened people” social signal of them all, still shows no signs of budging from where it has been for the past half century. Of course like everything it has gotten a bit more sorted and shifted by political tribe across the country–though nothing among voters themselves remotely approaching the total sorting of political elites. In any case Missouri–once considered a national bellweather–is now looking instead like a paradigm of the Middle America that the coasts are proudly professing to leave behind. I had thought its Democrats were adapting better than this. The fact that they cannot muster up the pragmatism of their ’06 comeback suggests that their #BlueWave will have a “natural” ceiling this time. You toy with madness at your own risk; you just might lose control.

  11. Abortions for some, and _______ for others!


  12. “a woman’s right to choose and the right of every person to their own bodily autonomy and to be free from government intrusion in medical decisions, including a decision to carry a pregnancy to term, and oppose any efforts to limit access to reproductive health care.”

    Uhh…this is the party of ‘single payer’ isn’t it? So is a lobotomy an actual prerequisite to be a Democrat, or does it just help?

    1. That thing you call a “brain” is really just a clump of cells that is inconvenient to their lifestyle and you should support their decision to get rid of it.

      1. + a bunch.

        Well turned, lap83

      2. lol goodun

  13. According to Missouri Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Webber, it’s all about party unity. “We got it right, and the final product is something that can unify the whole party”

    LOL. Of all the political offices out there, party chair really does take the cake for politicians. The things these folks have to routinely say with a straight face, I don’t think even your average Congressman could pull off.

  14. How long before the idiot wing of the libertarian movement responds to this by insisting that a private organization has the right to exclude whomever it wants, as though that explains away the moral nearsightedness at play here?

  15. Another great meeting of Libertarians For Big-Government Womb Management and State Micromanagement Of Certain Clinics!

    How long ago did the right-wing malcontents run off the libertarians at reason.com?

    1. Speaking of an inconvenient clump of cells, it’s Rev Artie Lee….

      1. Lee?

  16. THERE CAN BE NO WRONG THINK WITHIN THE PARTY, COMRADE!

    The left eating their own and turning off potential allies seems to be what is going to do them in in the short to mid term. Purity spiraling rarely accomplishes anything… Just look at libertarianism!

    1. You’re still clinging to hope that the Republican-conservative electoral coalition is going to “take back the country” from all of this damned progress, education, reason, science, and tolerance?

      Some people will fall for anything, I guess.

  17. This Joe Setyon seems like a good example of a “Grove City libertarian.”

    Carry on, clingers.

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