WASHINGTON, D.C., October 15, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – An organization dedicated to promoting the pro-life cause from within the Democratic ranks says it will not endorse Barack Obama for re-election as president of the United States in 2012.
“Our policy is to endorse candidates that are both pro-life and Democrat. We do not endorse Republican candidates and we do not endorse candidates who take a public position to support abortion,” Democrats for Life stated. “Since neither of the candidates meet our criteria, we will not endorse a candidate in the 2012 Presidential Race.” [sic]
DFLA also declined to endorse Barack Obama in 2008 and Massachusetts Senator John Kerry in 2004.
Although there are some 21 million pro-life Democrats according to the group, and polls show a majority of Democrats support some abortion restrictions, the party has grown increasingly hostile over the last four years.
“We seem to acknowledge all the big diversity within our party, but when it comes to life, it’s awful silent,” former Congressman Bart Stupak told CBN News last week.
This spring, Democrats for Life asked the party to change its platform to recognize that Democrats hold “differing positions on issues of personal conscience, like abortion and the death penalty.”
Instead, the party adopted the most pro-abortion platform in its history, calling for taxpayer-funding of abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.
The final document inspired Bishop John Paprocki of Springfield to conclude the party’s planks “explicitly endorse intrinsic evils.”
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On Saturday, another leading Catholic cleric, Archbishop Charles Chaput told a crowd of 500 at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania, “If your political party is for abortion, you can’t just be quiet; you must try to change your party.”
He added that Catholics “should not vote their party line blindly but apply the principles of Catholic social teaching…to their voting decisions.”