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Sat Apr 22, 2017, 07:54 PM Apr 2017

Democratic Party Draws A Line In The Sand On Abortion Rights [View all]

DNC chair Tom Perez said all Democratic candidates must support a woman’s right to choose.

WASHINGTON ― Democratic National Committee chairman Tom Perez became the first head of the party to demand ideological purity on abortion rights, promising Friday to support only Democratic candidates who back a woman’s right to choose.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said in a statement. “That is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

“At a time when women’s rights are under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” he added, “we must speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

Perez’s statement follows the DNC’s controversial embrace of Heath Mello, a Democratic mayoral candidate in Omaha, Nebraska, whose years-long history of voting against abortion rights in the state Legislature drew fire from progressives this week. Daily Kos, a liberal website that raises money for lesser-known Democratic candidates, pulled its endorsement of Mello this week after discovering his history on the issue, and NARAL Pro-Choice America President Ilyse Hogue slammed the DNC for adding him to its cross-country unity tour.

Perez is speaking out against efforts to move the party sharply to the right, toward promoting whiteness and patriarchy over equal rights and economic justice. I applaud him for it.
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I don't get why this is even a thing in democratic circles.. boston bean Apr 2017 #1
+1, some still think money will solve most uponit7771 Apr 2017 #2
Because of this BainsBane Apr 2017 #4
Regarding your last paragraph - DURHAM D Apr 2017 #19
the identiy politics vs progressive/economics bunch of political mush and BS certainot Apr 2017 #96
Very interesting BainsBane Apr 2017 #97
how long has putin's bunch been piggybacking limbaugh and sons certainot Apr 2017 #99
Amen. Amen, Amen on this post MarinCoUSA Apr 2017 #100
Come to Kansas MuseRider Apr 2017 #41
Leave greymattermom Apr 2017 #49
No MuseRider Apr 2017 #52
I live in Ohio...and adopted state but I have grown fond of Ohio. Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #78
Leaving your home and the place you're from is a bad solution. I agree with you. nt cheapdate Apr 2017 #106
Women's rights are human rights. Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #77
There was enormous push back on the DNC and Sen. Sanders for Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #75
If Mello is so horrible why is the DNC supporting him? killbotfactory Apr 2017 #3
What does the OP say? BainsBane Apr 2017 #5
Is mello anti choice or not? killbotfactory Apr 2017 #18
He is anti-choice BainsBane Apr 2017 #21
The job of the DNC is to get candidates running as Democrats elected, not define where they are ehrnst Apr 2017 #73
This may be an attempt to increase the number of voters who are not Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #83
Yeah...looks like he intends to make another run. Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #87
in my local cd we had a primary for the congressional candidate....1 was quite pro lie dembotoz Apr 2017 #11
It's a dealbreaker for me bekkilyn Apr 2017 #58
If they refuse to listen to the medical profession on the topic of health care ehrnst Apr 2017 #74
Yeah about that...Perez won't be at the rally. Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #79
GOOD. It damn well BETTER BE. calimary Apr 2017 #6
+ 1 xoxo musette_sf Apr 2017 #101
"I applaud him for it." As do I. Tarheel_Dem Apr 2017 #7
Not sure these clowns know what MontanaMama Apr 2017 #8
I'm with you there. BainsBane Apr 2017 #13
Amen. DURHAM D Apr 2017 #22
Well said! Squinch Apr 2017 #24
Can they personally think abortion is morally wrong, as long as they still support a woman's PoliticAverse Apr 2017 #9
Of course. There is no contradiction BainsBane Apr 2017 #12
As a young Catholic... Kath2 Apr 2017 #32
Yes, I have often said BainsBane Apr 2017 #36
Yes. Kath2 Apr 2017 #45
Yes, this is a deeply personal MontanaMama Apr 2017 #98
"Consistent life ethic".: no war, abortion, or death penalty. jesuits, marynoll sisters. lostnfound Apr 2017 #72
If they support the "Hyde Amendment" (no federal funds for abortion) can they still... PoliticAverse Apr 2017 #35
Here is the House vote BainsBane Apr 2017 #53
Yes. That is the difference between being DURHAM D Apr 2017 #27
If they think it is morally wrong, they should feel perfectly free not to have one. But the moment Squinch Apr 2017 #29
Those two aren't necessarily linked. I'm pro-choice but anti-abortion. But as much as I... George II Apr 2017 #37
It's also the position that Joe Biden has. n/t PoliticAverse Apr 2017 #39
Yes (nt) bekkilyn Apr 2017 #59
Sure but you can't co-sponsor anti-choice legislation as Mello did. Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #80
yay!!! samnsara Apr 2017 #10
Which 'supposed' Dems are doing this... WePurrsevere Apr 2017 #14
I expand on the argument here BainsBane Apr 2017 #15
Thank you. nt WePurrsevere Apr 2017 #17
I applaud Tom Perez. sheshe2 Apr 2017 #16
Resist. Kath2 Apr 2017 #26
Glad he's getting a spine. I was getting worried ehrnst Apr 2017 #20
The resistance came to him this week BainsBane Apr 2017 #23
I can't believe someone had to teach him the DURHAM D Apr 2017 #30
At least he listened BainsBane Apr 2017 #33
Amen. NurseJackie Apr 2017 #44
I read a tweet of his on Al Gioradano's feed the Cha Apr 2017 #61
I love this. Kath2 Apr 2017 #25
The anger and outrage much has worried him--I applaud cally Apr 2017 #28
I read that he will be at a rally in Georgia for Osstoff and not at the Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #81
Excellent! athena Apr 2017 #31
THAT'S my party! PdxSean Apr 2017 #34
Great post and great position by Perez. George II Apr 2017 #38
GOOD!!! But it should go without saying! 50 Shades Of Blue Apr 2017 #40
Let's hope Sec. Clinton & Sen. Kaine hear what he's saying! countryjake Apr 2017 #42
Thank you! I so agree with you about that judgmental "abortion should be rare" tut-tutting! 50 Shades Of Blue Apr 2017 #46
I disagree BainsBane Apr 2017 #48
Get back to me when BC is more than 99% effective! countryjake Apr 2017 #54
And that is your choice. In what way has Hillary prevented your choice????? boston bean Apr 2017 #55
I'll stand with him. leanforward Apr 2017 #43
The government has no right warmfeet Apr 2017 #47
I personally could not vote for a candidate that is not for reproductive rights. hrmjustin Apr 2017 #50
YES. A big THANK YOU to Perez for this! Silver Gaia Apr 2017 #51
Good, this is the sort of thing I want to see from the DNC bekkilyn Apr 2017 #56
Glad to see this. tammywammy Apr 2017 #57
Abortion rights. Kath2 Apr 2017 #60
Agreed tammywammy Apr 2017 #63
Excellent that you spoke up. Kath2 Apr 2017 #67
Tweet from Tom Perez.. yesterday.. Cha Apr 2017 #62
Al Giordano says "quite the comments underneath this Tweet".. Cha Apr 2017 #64
Negative comments? BainsBane Apr 2017 #65
No! All you have to do is Cha Apr 2017 #68
those comments are interesting dsc Apr 2017 #69
It is a valid point! Lots of pushback on getting it Cha Apr 2017 #70
Indeed. We are the Democratic boots on the ground. Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #84
Mahalo for this good news, Demsrule! Cha Apr 2017 #89
Back at you Cha... Mahalo. nt Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #91
Good for Perez. Thanks for this post, BB Hekate Apr 2017 #66
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Please inform Dan Lipinski Freethinker65 Apr 2017 #76
K&R! stonecutter357 Apr 2017 #82
Great post...thanks Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #85
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I would vote for him...but it is a mayor's race...so I would not have a rally and spend DNC money. Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #88
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Our system here is so different BainsBane Apr 2017 #93
That is fine...and I have voted for Tim Ryan who was anti-choice because he was the Democrat Demsrule86 Apr 2017 #95
This is an important line for the party Gothmog Apr 2017 #92
Because without it BainsBane Apr 2017 #94
Post removed Post removed Apr 2017 #102
Welcome to DU and enjoy your stay. stevenleser Apr 2017 #103
"I'm pro-choice but. . ." BainsBane Apr 2017 #104
Yeah, I am sure that person thought they were being clever stevenleser Apr 2017 #105
About time... noseyflynn Apr 2017 #107
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