Peggy Noonan: Would Be A Brilliant Political Move For Democrats To "Open Up" On Abortion

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WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan weighed in on the debate about whether there is space in the modern DNC for pro-life Democrats, on this week's edition of 'Meet The Press.'

Earlier Sunday morning on CNN, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said clearly that people can be members of the Democratic Party "as long as they are prepared to back the law, Roe vs. Wade, prepared to back women’s rights as we’ve defined them under the law."

Also on Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the opposite: "Of course" you can be a pro-life Democrat, Pelosi said. "I've served in the House with many members who did not share my very positive, aggressive position on promoting a woman's right to choose."

Sen. Bernie Sanders was asked the same question as the others, regarding his support for a pro-life mayoral candidate in Omaha, and responded: "I don't think there's much of a debate about that... If we're going to become a 50-state party, if you're going to go to Omaha, Nebraska, which has a Republican governor, two Republican senators, all Republican congresspeople, Republican legislature, you know what? ... The choice is clear. And I hope very much the Democratic candidate there wins."


"The Democratic party has I think been hurt very badly in terms of its national reputation with this narrow, sort of, you can't be in our party if you don't hold the right views on abortion. It would be a brilliant political move if they opened up," Noonan said.

PEGGY NOONAN: If I can put it this way, those who profit from abortion or health services - women's health services however you put it, they give a lot of money to the Democratic party. The Democratic party should say, "Thank you very much, but you know what, we're going back to be a big-tent party. Broad on social issues like this, we are declaring, go with your heart if you truly feel that you can be, that you are pro-life, and you wanna be pro-life, and a Democrat, go for it." The Democratic party has I think been hurt very badly in terms of its national reputation with this narrow, sort of, you can't be in our party if you don't hold the right views on abortion. It would be a brilliant political move if they opened up.

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