Liberal Mayor Leaves Dem. Party Over Pro-Abortion Platform

PUBLISHED: 10:54 PM 20 Feb 2018
UPDATED: 7:01 PM 23 Feb 2018

Massachusetts Mayor And Long-Time Democrat Abandons Party Over “Nonnegotiable” Stance On Abortion

He claimed the Democratic Party's platform on abortion is so far-left that it’s “sickening.”

Quincy, Massachusetts Mayor Tom Koch decided to leave the Democratic Party shortly after Tom Perez (pictured), the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) proclaimed that the party’s platform in support of abortion is “non-negotiable”.

Last spring, Tom Perez, the Chairman of the Democratic National Committee (DNC), proclaimed that the right to kill unborn babies is “not negotiable” and asserted that those who disagree don’t belong in the party.

Unsurprisingly, Perez’s ultimatum outraged many pro-life Democrats. One of the people most upset was Quincy, Massachusetts Mayor Tom Koch, who has since left the Democratic Party.

According to reports, after hearing Perez’s comments, he promptly went out and changed his registration. “I said, ’OK, I guess that’s the last straw for me,” explained Koch, a devout Catholic and “Democrat since age 18,” while speaking to reporters for the first time since deciding to leave the party.

“I’m certainly a believer in life starts at conception,” he continued, noting, “the [Democratic] party platform is so far left on abortion it’s sickening.”

Koch’s decision to put principles before politics was understandably praised by countless opponents of abortion.

On Twitter, for instance, Lila Rose, the Founder and President of the pro-life group Live Action, tweeted, “extremism on abortion is alienating members of its own party, including a Massachusetts mayor, Tom Koch, who recently said he can no longer be a Democrat because ‘life starts at conception.’”

In response to her tweet, Twitter user Irene wrote, “thank you, Mayor Tom Koch, for taking a stand for life. Wow! There is still hope for Massachusetts.”

Commenting on a similar tweet from the Live Action’s own Twitter account, user Justin added “I’ve heard politicians almost literally say that they think abortion is wrong but they support it due to politics. That is really disgusting. God bless this guy for following his conscience instead of ignoring it for political reasons.”

The ultimatum that prompted Koch to leave the party was issued by Perez back in April 2017. “Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” he argued at the time, adding, “that is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state.”

To clarify, he stated, “the Democratic Party’s platform states clearly our support for every woman’s right to make their own choices about their reproductive health and to have access to safe abortion services,” noting, “as DNC Chair, I stand by that position unequivocally, as I have my entire life.”

In support of his position, he claimed that since women’s rights are supposedly “under assault from the White House, the Republican Congress, and in states across the country,” liberals need to “speak up for this principle as loudly as ever and with one voice.”

Clearly, however, his comments are absolutely ridiculous. Women’s rights are not under assault by the government. The White House, led by Ivanka Trump, has been unwavering in its support for women. The same can be said for Congress and many states.

Perez isn’t the only one who believes that all Democrats must support the slaughter of the unborn.

Just recently, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) echoed the DNC chair’s claim, arguing that in order to be a part of the Democratic Party, liberals must be “prepared to back the law, Roe versus Wade, [and also be] prepared to back women’s rights as we’ve defined them under the law.”

He also suggested that pro-life leftists should blindly support their parties policies regardless of whether or not they agree with them.

Specifically, he said, “we’ve made that part of our platform and position for a long, long time. I know within the ranks of the Democratic Party there are those who see that differently on a personal basis, but when it comes to the policy position, I think we need to be clear and unequivocal.”  

If Koch didn’t voluntarily leave the party, then it’s likely that he would’ve been forced out by his colleagues, which is something that Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL), another pro-life liberal, is familiar with as numerous liberals are currently pushing to have him replaced with someone who supports slaughtering fetuses while they’re still in the womb

Despite this, Lipinski and other Democrats are still openly opposing abortion. Back in October 2017, for example, Lipinski and two other Democratic members of the United States House of Representatives voted in favor of the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act,” which is a historic pro-life bill that, if signed into law, would “prohibit an abortion from being performed if the probable post-fertilization age of the unborn child is 20 weeks or greater.”

Specifically, the bill, otherwise known as H.R. 36, was supported by Lipinski, who was a co-sponsor, Collin Peterson (D-MN), who also co-sponsored the bill, and Henry Cuellar (D-TX). By voting in favor of the legislation, they demonstrated that opposing abortion is not necessarily a partisan issue. 

Without a doubt, the Democratic Party is self-destructing due to issues like abortion. Hopefully, Koch’s decision to leave the Democratic party inspires other pro-life liberals to do the same.