Jimmy Carter was on Laura Ingraham’s nationally-syndicated radio show yesterday. The former president’s remarks on abortion must have given the Democrat Party establishment heartburn.
“I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions,” said Carter, the former Nobel Peace Prize winner. “That was one of the problems I had when I was president – having to uphold Roe v. Wade.”
Carter told Ingraham that he actually has signed a public letter urging fellow Democrats attending the party’s national convention this upcoming September to adopt a new position on abortion – that it be limited “only to women whose (lives) are in danger or who are pregnant as a result or rape or incest.”
Of course, the former president’s recommendation will not go over well with such Democrat Party leaders as President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, all of whom support abortion-on-demand; all of whom have sold their souls to the “abortion rights” lobby, which is complicit in the yearly slaughter of more than one million unborn babies.
Yet, the party of Obama, Reid and Pelosi is not monolithic. Not every Democrat has sworn allegiance to Planned Parenthood, NARAL-Pro Choice and the rest of the abortion industrial complex.
In fact, a third of Democrats are pro-life, like Carter. And those pro-life Dems agree with former president Carter that “a lot of people are estranged from our party because of the abortion issue.”
The reason we haven’t heard more about pro-life Dems – as opposed to practically every other minority constituency within the party – is because the party establishment has gone to great lengths to quash their dissent, in the name of “party discipline.”
But pro-life Democrats are increasingly making their voices heard, their presence felt, notwithstanding the intolerance of their party leadership.
In fact, they have an organization, Democrats for Life of America, which takes a position on abortion diametrically opposed to the party platform on which Obama will be running for re-election this fall.
Like the majority of Americans, pro-life Dems support laws requiring doctors to inform patients about abortion risks, requiring women seeking an abortion to be shown an ultrasound image of her unborn child, prohibiting federal funding of abortion clinics, and allowing pharmacists and health care providers to opt out of providing medicine or medical procedures that result in abortion.
“I see Democrats being more open” to pro-life positions, Democrats for Life Executive Director Kristen Day told the National Catholic Reporter. Meanwhile, she said, “The pro-choice litmus tests are decreasing.”
We’ll see if the party of Obama, Pelosi and Reid seizes the opportunity to redefine its extremist position on abortion when it convenes in Charlotte, N.C.six months from now.
Will the Dems heed Carter’s conscientious call for the party to abandon its longstanding support for abortion, which the majority of Americans consider murder? Or will the party reaffirm its support for abortion-on-demand, a death sentence for more than a million unborn children every year.