If there were any doubt about the Missouri Democratic Party being controlled by the incredibly profitable abortion industry, that doubt was removed last weekend.
At issue was a proposed amendment to the MDP platform which included an open welcome to members with differing opinions on abortion. Read that again. Open welcome to members with differing opinions. Textbook inclusion, not to mention big-tent, open-minded thinking. If you’re a Democrat in Missouri and happen to be pro-life, we’ll still accept you just as you are.
If that sounds like a no-brainer for a party which continually preaches inclusion and tolerance, well … that’s because it is. But before we move on, remember that the phrase “no-brainer” refers to something so obvious that even someone with no brain would be able to comprehend its value.
As if on cue … after a strong campaign by Planned Parenthood and other abortion sucklings, the Missouri Democratic Party’s state committee threw out the previously-approved amendment – effectively telling its pro-life members to take a hike.
The move was surprising not just because of its message of intolerance and exclusion, but also because
“there are at least a dozen pro-life Democrats in the Missouri House alone. The group has continued to find success with voters. Just last week, in the primary race to fill the south city seat being vacated by Fred Wessels, pro-life Steve Butz beat a pro-choice candidate.”
Kristen Day of Democrats for Life of America weighed in on the move.
“Democrats have not had control of the Missouri State House since 2002 and of the Missouri State Senate since 2000. Democrats hold ten of 44 seats in the State Senate, and Democrats hold 45 of 200 seats in the State House. Democrats hold two of eight U.S. Congressional seats. Missouri Democrats have a difficult time winning seats outside the urban cores. If I were the Party chairman, I would try to decipher what was going wrong and try to unite the party, not highlight the divisive issue of abortion by reversing a moderate amendment that says we are a big-tent party.”
Indeed. In light of such extensive failure, excluding potential candidates and voters – not to mention further alienating some already in the tent – seems a terribly self-defeating act.
Such an effort at both the national and state levels doesn’t bode well for the future of the Democratic Party. Combined with its insistence on embracing a myriad of other nonsensical issues, openly excluding pro-lifers only moves the party one step closer to being just a niche attraction.