Pro-life Democrats are quickly becoming extinct.
Gov. John Bel Edwards, a rare pro-life Democrat, narrowly won re-election as governor of Louisiana last week. Soon after, the Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) announced it will back only candidates who support expanded access to abortion.
“From here forward, the Democratic Attorneys General Association will only endorse candidates who stand with the majority of Americans who support protecting reproductive rights,” the organization stated.
DAGA was formed in 2002 to support Democrats running for the office of attorneys general in U.S. states and territories. The office of the attorney general is usually the top legal office in a state.
According to The New York Times, DAGA became the first national party committee to explicitly state that it will refuse to support any candidate that does not support reproductive rights and access to abortion.
In a video, DAGA criticized bills designed to restrict abortion access and claimed that a majority of Americans believe in a “woman’s right to choose.” DAGA’s decision comes as several states this year passed legislation designed to ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat can be detected or earlier in gestation. One of those bills was signed by Edwards in Louisiana.
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Although the move by DAGA will not affect Edwards as a governor, it could have an impact on Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood, who is the only one of 27 Democrat attorneys generals who considers himself to be pro-life.
“Attorneys general are the frontlines in the fight for reproductive freedom,” New York Attorney General Letitia James said in the DAGA video. “They have the power to protect your rights, and we have the power to elect them. It’s your body, your family, your choice, your vote. If they stand with us, they stand with you.”
The move follows comments made by Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez in April 2017. In a statement at the time, Perez claimed that “every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health.”
Many political observers note that the Democrat Party has been in decline.
–Alan Goforth | Metro Voice