Think there aren't any good pro-life dems? Allow me to prove you wrong.
Representative Dan Lipinski of Illinois is a pretty cool cat. He was the only Democrat this year to speak at the March for Life in D.C. and the only Democrat to address Congress during the 41st anniversary of Roe v. Wade session against abortion. It can’t be easy being one of the few in his party to support life, but Lipinski has proven that he isn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right. Here’s a clip of him addressing the crowd at the March for Life and another speaking about Roe v. Wade.
2. Nick Rahall
Senator Nick Rahall II of West Virginia (then a House member) voted in 2011 to pass the bipartisan “Prohibiting Taxpayer Funding of Abortion” bill (H.R. 3) put forth in part by Dan Lipinski, which passed the House. Last year, however, Rahall co-sponsored a new version of the bill (H.R. 7) along with only two other Democrats. If there were more in government like these men willing to stand up for life, it wouldn’t be so difficult to pass pro-life legislation.
Currently running for Senate, Travis Childers represented Mississippi in the House from 2008 to 2011. During his time in the House, he voted with Dan Lipinski for the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, which hoped to prohibit the use of federal funds for abortions. He’s known as a strong pro-life advocate and I hope that Childers has the courage to retain his pro-life stance in the Senate if elected.
This list wouldn’t be complete without Mike McIntyre of North Carolina, who along with Dan Lipinski and Nick Rahall is on the federal advisory board of Democrats for Life of America, the pro-life voice of the Democratic Party. All three of them co-sponsored the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act in 2013, and McIntyre and Lipinski both co-sponsored the Pitts Amendment (H.R. 358) to amend the Affordable Care Act to prohibit the use of federal funds for abortion coverage.
Finally, my own personal favorite: Eddie Lucio, Jr, the only pro-life Democrat in the Texas Senate. I stayed up until the wee hours of the morning on July 13, 2013, watching him go head-to-head with Wendy Davis over H.B. 2, which restricted abortions past twenty weeks (the point at which we’re sure pre-born children feel pain) and increased abortion facility safety requirements. Today, Texas only has twenty abortion clinics out of its original thirty-six because so many closed rather than trying to meet the requirements. You can watch two of his awesome speeches from the debate below.