Democratic Party recruiting pro-life House candidates

The New York Times reports that the Democratic Party has recruited and is heavily funding a dozen pro-life candidates for the U.S. House. I’m particularly intrigued by Kathleen Dahlkemper, who I believe would become the only pro-life Democratic woman in Congress:

In the Third Congressional District of Pennsylvania, for example, the Republican incumbent, Phil English, is facing what analysts describe as a strong challenge from Kathleen Dahlkemper, a Democrat who has benefited from more than $1 million in spending by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.

Mrs. Dahlkemper has spoken openly on the campaign trail about her opposition to abortion and even shared a deeply personal story to drive home her message: how she decided to have a child 29 years ago when she was a single woman and a college student. “It was tough,” she recalled recently. “I was on food stamps.”

But her position has become an issue among some Democrats who view abortion rights as a bedrock Democratic principle. In the primary, for example, her opponents repeatedly criticized her opposition to abortion. “They were trying to say that I wasn’t a real Democrat because I am pro-life,” Mrs. Dahlkemper recalled. “I believe they have a narrow view of what a Democrat is.”

The Democratic Party’s angle on this, of course, is that they need the votes of pro-lifers to win in some districts. We as pro-lifers should take it as an opportunity to break the stranglehold that the Republican Party has on this issue, and to advocate for a modern, balanced, pro-woman and pro-life position from inside the Democratic Party.

5 thoughts on “Democratic Party recruiting pro-life House candidates

  1. There is at least one prolife feminist Democrat already in Congress–Marcy Kaptur, from Ohio. I just contributed an article about her to an encyclopedia and she is prolife, although some groups may not rank her as such because she supports family planning.

  2. It looks like Obama is on course for a historic victory. Those of us on the Pro-Life left will have mixed feelings about it. We’re pleased to see the first African American president elected in the US; we’re concerned about his previously expressed support for FOCA.
    But whatever happens, the work to carve out a progressive Pro-Life politics goes on.
    Big Up all Pro-Life Democrats.
    In Solidarity,
    Red Maria.

  3. According to, the following pro-life Democrats won seats:

    Bobby Bright (AL-02)
    Parker Griffith (AL-05)
    Steve Driehaus (OH-01)
    Kathy Dahlkemper (PA-03)
    John Boccieri (OH-16)

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