Looking for further evidence that the Democratic Party is the party of abortion with no room for dissenters? Abortion conglomerate Planned Parenthood is now vowing to fight to oust Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL) from his seat due to his being Congress’s lone token pro-life Democrat.
According to LifeNews, America’s top abortion advocacy groups have all endorsed Lipinski’s primary challenger, Marie Newman.
“Planned Parenthood Action Fund, NARAL Pro-Choice America, MoveOn, and EMILY’s List on Monday endorsed Newman, making clear their support for a pro-abortion candidate over the pro-life Democrat currently representing Chicago’s 3rd district,” reports LifeNews. “The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, however, remains loyal to its tradition backing incumbent Democrats, saying it will cut ties with persons and groups that work against him.”
Of course, abortion advocates tried to play this game against Lipinski in the 2018 midterm race by spending upwards of $1.6 million on Marie Newman; they lost by a narrow margin to Lipinski, who is remains a proud moderate Democrat. He even spoke at the 2019 March for Life this past January.
“Every life is sacred and needs to be protected,” Lipinski said at the March.
Other members of the Democratic Party, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), have also endorsed Lipinski’s primary challenger.
EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock said that Lipinski wants to strip away the “fundamental rights of women” and must be stopped.
“In a time when the president and GOP have made it clear that stripping away the fundamental rights of women is at the top of their agenda, we must have a leader to stand up against Trump. That is not Congressman Dan Lipinski,” Schriock told NBC on Monday. “Congressman Lipinski has time and again proven he’s out of touch with his constituents by standing in lockstep with the Republicans.”
Lipinski has largely dismissed the attacks against him as an extremist insurgency, likening it to some kind of “tea party of the left” movement.
“Marie Newman is again running a ‘tea party of the left’ campaign at the behest of national interest groups rather than focusing on taking care of the everyday concerns of people in the district, as I have a track record of doing,” Lipinski said. “This type of campaign, along with Ms. Newman’s hateful, Trump-like rhetoric … will once again be rejected by voters.”
The debate over this new abortion litmus test in the Democratic Party began after the fallout of Trump’s victory, when the abortion cheerleaders at NARAL criticized Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez for giving a platform to Nebraska pro-life mayoral candidate Heath Mello. Perez sided with NARAL by calling abortion a “fundamental value.”
Kristen Day, executive chairwoman of Democrats for Life, has said this impossible litmus test will cost Democrats votes in the long run.
“I think it’s become much more hard-line now,” Day told the Washington Times. “What happened is the pro-choice Democrats kinda felt like Hillary Clinton is going to win, and they made the abortion platform more radical. But what they didn’t realize is they alienated pro-life Democrats who didn’t vote for her.”