Outrage: ‘Pro-Life’ Old Guard Attempts to Strangle the Pro-Life Democrat Movement in its Crib

Yesterday I blogged about the entrenched, old-guard pro-choice interests freaking out about the new magenta movement which combines abortion with other social justice issues, but today I read that the same thing is happening with old-guard pro-lifers.  Groups claiming to be ‘pro-life’ are now showing their true colors:

Anti-abortion groups are poised to launch a multimillion-dollar offensive against a collection of former allies — House Democrats who also oppose abortion — in an effort to discredit their credibility with anti-abortion voters and oust them from office.

Four separate campaigns are in the works, aimed at anti-abortion House Democrats who voted for the health care bill and designed around the notion that those Democrats signed on to legislation that lacked restrictions ensuring that federal funds would not be spent to provide coverage for abortions.

Some of the targeted members — largely, though not exclusively, vulnerable and junior Democrats — voted for the bill after Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) cut a deal with the White House that President Barack Obama would sign an executive order ensuring that the bill would not provide such funding.

This week, the Family Research Council Action political action committee announced that it would spend $500,000 targeting 20 House Democrats — many of them freshmen from districts with a high concentration of voters who oppose abortion.

This despite the the fact that:

Some in the anti-abortion movement conceded that attacking their longtime Democratic collaborators — who have a small but influential role within the House majority — hasn’t been easy.

McClusky, for his part, acknowledged that in taking on Mollohan, a longtime ally who holds a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee, the anti-abortion movement risked alienating a friend.

“The last thing we want to do is take out an Appropriations Committee member who was on our side,” said McClusky. “And the last thing we want to do is to take out a Democrat on our side.”

Ya think?

That they still see some kind of essential link between their movement and that of the Republican party not only reveals where the old-guard pro-lifers get butter for their bread, but it also where their true loyalties lie.  Rather than being authentically pro-life, they are more fundamentally socially conservative.  And their idolatry with regard to outdated political categories means that abortion will continue to exploit the most vulnerable persons in our society: our prenatal children and their mothers.  And especially the poor.

Simply an outrage.


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4 Responses to “Outrage: ‘Pro-Life’ Old Guard Attempts to Strangle the Pro-Life Democrat Movement in its Crib”

  1. Everyday Life » Attack of the Pro-life Old Guard Says:

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  2. Michael M Says:

    Bad bad bad bad bad!!!!! This will weaken the pro-life movement at a time when pro-life democrats were able to flex their muscles and actually extract a pledge from a pro-choice president. This is about partisanship or control issues or something, but it isn’t about saving or respecting life.

  3. RD Says:

    The establishment pro-life movement has become nothing more than an arm of the Republican Party. They are more than just naive social conservatives but rather right-wingers who embrace the Republican economic agenda as well. Social conservatives get the rhetoric from the Republican Party and Wall Street gets the results.

    I am old enough to remember when the pro-life movement was far less partisan or even political. Educating the public was the primary purpose of the movement and the goal was as much about changing hearts as passing laws. Early pro-lifers did advocate a constitutional amendment banning abortion but most were realistic enough to recognize it was a long-term objective. Within a few years, the movement was all about electing Ronald Reagan and packing the Supreme Court with conservative justices likely to overturn Roe v. Wade.

    Thirty years later, pro-lifers are still waiting for Roe v. Wade to be overturned and if that happened it would be the Republican Party’s worst nightmare. Republicans prefer to milk the abortion issue indefinitely for votes effectively caging the votes of millions of Americans who are guilt tripped every election by rhetoric claiming that the cause of life hangs in the balance.

    And even if Roe v. Wade is overturned, how many states can we expect will pass laws bannning abortion ? Not many at all. The reality is that the pro-life cause has to be a long-term effort. There is not going to be any quick resolution of the issue and the notion that abortion will be outlawed by voting a Republican ticket is absurd.

    The right-to-life establishment wants to redefine “pro-life” to apply on to those fixated on the abortion issue. We are told to vote solely on the basis of abortion. of course, it is perfectly fine to vote for a “pro-life” Republican that will cut prenatal care and other health care for the poor.

    Democrats never get any credit from the pro-life establishment. For example, it was a Democratic President Jimmy Carter and a Democratic House Speaker (Tip O-Neil) who were instrumental in making the Hyde Amendment into law.

    • nohiddenmagenta Says:

      See, I agree with most of what you say here…but to be honest I get frustrated with some pro-life democrats who seem to think that it is ONLY about providing social support for women and not about legislating protection for the fetus. We are one justice away (including Anthony Kennedy changing his mind…perhaps due to fetal pain or new information about viability) from overturing Roe. This would be a major, major victory even if no states significantly banned abortion (which, of course, wouldn’t happen given that many states have laws against abortion still on the book) because it would return the debate to the legitimate public sphere instead of being an argument about how unelected justices interpret law. Unfortunately, pro-life democrats seem to not be willing to push for pro-life justices on the court…which I find just as frustrating as the republicans refusing to support pregnant women and other mothers.

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