What good are prolife Democrats anyway?
For years, prolife activists and leaders have worked to advance their agenda in both the Republican and the Democrat party. Obviously we've had more success with the GOP, but that doesn't negate the importance of having your voice heard in both of the major American political parties.
The "life" issue is (and should be) above partisanship.
And for that reason, the pro-life community has nurtured pro life candidates and politicians in the Democrat party. You know, because at some point in time their votes can help advance (or stop) anti-life legislation. And when their party is in the majority, (like now), this can become even more important.
But along came ObamaCare. Specifically, the just passed Senate version with enough loopholes and even direct language that will lead to the largest expansion of abortion since Roe vs. Wade became the law of the land in the early '70's.
And where were the long nurtured prolife Democrats when it mattered? Well, some where there. But many of them weren't. Specifically, some pretty high profile ones like Bart Stupak, who essentially held himself out as the House leader of prolife Democrats. He demonstrated just how deep his prolife principles really were when he was put on the spot by Obama and Pelosi. When he was faced with the fact that his (and a few similar Democrat) votes meant victory or defeat for the long hoped for government healthcare grab, they caved and tried to hide behind the flimsy fig leaf of an executive order as a rationalization for their treason.
But now their principles are laid bare for everyone to see.
The problem with providing so much electoral cover to Democrats that claim to be prolife is that it is usually used by Democrat candidates in otherwise conservative districts to inoculate themselves and keep getting re-elected. Then they do stuff like this when it REALLY matters.
After all the dust settles, (and vulnerable Democrats are defeated this fall), I think it's safe to say that the ranks of prolife Democrats in Congress will thin...and they get replaced by prolife Republicans.