There’s no room for pro-life Democrats in Pete Buttigieg’s Democratic Party.
“Proud pro-life Democrat” Kristen Day confronted the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana at a Fox News town hall in Iowa over the weekend, and she wanted to know: “Do you want the support of pro-life Democratic voters?”
Buttigieg said he did, but not enough to include their perspectives in the party’s official platform.
Day, representing Democrats for Life, pointed out there’s 21 million pro-life Democrats in America and asked Buttigieg if he “would support more moderate platform language in the Democratic Party to ensure that the party of diversity of inclusion really does include everybody?”
Buttigieg offered platitudes and clichés.
“Well, I respect where you’re coming from and I hope to earn your vote, but I’m not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you,” he replied.
“I am pro-choice and I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision,” he said. “But I know the difference of opinion that you and I have is one that we have come by honestly, and the best that I can offer – and it may win your vote and it may not and I understand – the best that I can offer is if we can’t agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we could do is agree to who should draw the line.
“And in my view, it’s that woman who faces that decision in her own life,” he said.
Moderator Chris Wallace noted President Trump’s recent remarks at the March for Life rally in Washington, D.C. – a first for any president – then turned back to Day.
“So I’m curious, Kristen, were you satisfied with the answer you got from the mayor?”
“I was not because he did not answer the second part of my question,” Day said. “And the second part was the Democratic platform contains language that basically says that we don’t belong, we have no part in the party, because it says abortion should be legal up to nine months, the government should pay for it.
“And there’s nothing that says that people have a diversity of views on this issue should be included in the party. In 1996 and several years after that there was language in the platform that said we understand that people have very differing views on this issue but we are a big tent party that includes everybody so therefore we welcome people like me into the party so we can work on issues that we agree on,” Day said.
“So my question was: Would you be open to language like that in the Democratic platform that really did say that our party is diverse and inclusive and we want everybody?”
Buttigieg took the long way home.
“Well, I support the position of my party, that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone. And I support the Roe vs Wade framework, uh, that holds that early in pregnancy there are very few restrictions and late in pregnancy there are very few exceptions.
“And again, the best that I can offer is that we may disagree on that very important issue, uh, and hopefully we will be able to partner on other issues,” Buttigieg said.