In a controversial move, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has indicated that the party will fund anti-abortion candidates if such candidates “fit the district.” In an interview with The Hill, DCCC leader Rep. Ben Ray Luján said that there would be no “litmus test for Democratic candidates,” and suggested that allowing anti-abortion candidates to run could be necessary to win certain “districts across America.”
While Democrats remain hopeful about their chances of winning back the U.S. House of Representatives next year, not all were convinced that fielding anti-abortion candidates would help to achieve that.
“Throwing weight behind anti-choice candidates is bad politics that will lead to worse policy,” wrote Mitchell Stille, the campaigns manager of NARAL Pro-Choice America, in an email to Salon. “Anyone who actually thinks that Donald Trump and the GOP candidates won in 2016 because of their opposition to abortion rights is sorely mistaken.”
Comedian Rosie O’Donnell, an avowed Planned Parenthood supporter and nemesis of Donald Trump, went so far as to suggest that women should form their own party if Democrats began supporting anti-abortion candidates.
In spite of the criticism, Luján has insisted that a “broad coalition” will be necessary to take back the majority.