Bernie Sanders says being pro-choice ‘absolutely essential’ to being Democrat

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders stated at a forum in New Hampshire that he believes it is “absolutely essential” for a Democrat to be pro-choice on abortion.

Speaking at the “Our Rights, Our Courts” forum in Concord on Saturday, the senator from Vermont was asked by MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle if he believed it was possible to be pro-life and a Democrat.

While acknowledging the existence of a few pro-life Democrats in Congress, Sanders nevertheless concluded, “By this time in history, I think when we talk about what a Democrat is, I think being pro-choice is an essential part of that.” 

In response, Princeton University Professor Robert P. George took to Twitter to denounce Sanders‘ comments, believing that the candidate was “officially excommunicating pro-life Democrats.”

Full story at The Christian Post.

Buttigieg doubles down on support for late-term abortion

Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg emphasized this week his position that abortion should be legally permitted at any point in a pregnancy.
Placing any limits on abortion “should be up to the woman who’s confronted with the choice,” rather than to lawmakers, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana said on ABC’s “The View” Feb. 6.

Woman seek late-term abortions because of “devastating” fetal diagnoses, Buttigieg said, and thus government should not be making decisions for the mother.

The View’s co-host Meghan McCain asked Buttigieg if he supports policies that would deprive medical care to a child who survives a botched abortion, which she called “infanticide after a baby was born.”

“Does anybody seriously think that’s what these cases are about?” Buttigieg retorted, suggesting that there are not actually cases in which children survive botched abortions

Full story at Catholic News Agency.

Prominent pro-life Democrat quits party

Catholic theologian Charles Camosy has resigned from the board of Democrats for Life of America (DFLA), writing in an op-ed on Thursday that the Democratic Party’s extreme support of abortion left him “no choice” but to leave his party.
“Anything even hinting that abortion is less than good now violates party orthodoxy,” Camosy wrote in a Feb. 6 column in the NY Post.

Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg’s refusal to limit abortion at any point in pregnancy was, for Camosy, “[t]he straw that broke this camel’s back.”

“If the [Democratic] party was willing to go all-in on the most volatile issue of our time with a position held by only 13 percent of the population, it was time to take no for an answer,” Camosy wrote.

Full story at Catholic News Agency