A month after Missouri Democrats gave a warm welcome to pro-life liberals by adding an amendment that ushered them in as candidates, the party is walking that statement back.
It’s slamming the once-open door firmly shut, actually.
The state committee voted overwhelmingly this past Saturday to remove the amendment, the Riverfront Times reported earlier this week.
“Abortion is a legal health care procedure, and as a party we must support access,” St. Louis Alderwoman Annie Rice said, as The Kansas City Star noted on Monday. She also called the June amendment, which she in fact helped draft, “a mistake.”
The party faithful castigated the decision back in July to honor pro-life Democrats and court potential voters with anti-abortion views.
“I’m so angry,” said Alison Dreith last month of the proposal to include pro-lifers under the tent.
Dreith, the executive director of NARAL Pro-Choice Missouri, also said, “I think it’s a slap in the face to the base voters of the party. And it’s sickening for the Missouri Democratic Party to put our lives on the line like this,” according to the Riverfront Times.
Pro-life voters obviously feel just as strongly that Democrats are putting the lives of unborn babies on the line every time the party advocates that a woman have an abortion.
Joan Barry, the former obstetric nurse and ex-state representative who introduced the amendment, defended the measure.
“We’re tired of being treated like second-class citizens in our own party,” she said in July, and claimed that a pro-abortion Democratic Party member yelled at her about introducing the amendment.
“I would rather lose an election than have pro-life Democrats!” Barry said the unidentified member shouted, as the Riverfront Times noted.
Also in July, St. Louis Alderwoman and state committee member Annie Rice argued that if the party wouldn’t allow a “diversity of views” on labor issues, then it shouldn’t allow them on abortion rights, either. (At least their need for total control is transparent.)
Dreith countered Barry’s amendment in a way that typifies the outlook of today’s Democrat Party, in which they are the only arbiters of what the people need.
The party even included Black Lives Matter in its platform.
“We don’t let Democrats vote their consciences on right-to-work, equal pay, marriage equality. We shouldn’t let them vote their consciences on abortion either,” Dreith declared.