Obama re­li­gious out­reach chief: Party be­com­ing too pro-abor­tion

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Brad­ford Richard­son

The days when Democrats be­lieved abor­tion should be “safe, le­gal and rare” are long gone, ac­cord­ing to a for­mer Obama White House staffer.

Michael Wear, who spear­headed Pres­i­dent Obama’s 2012 re­li­gious out­reach ef­forts, said Democrats have be­come “too in love with” abor­tion to bring pro-life Chris­tians into the fold.

“The Demo­cratic Party used to wel­come peo­ple who didn’t sup­port abor­tion into the party,” Mr. Wear said in an in­ter­view with The At­lantic pub­lished Thurs­day. “We are now so far from that, it’s in­sane.”

Point­ing to the party plat­form’s call to re­peal the Hyde Amend­ment, which pro­hibits fed­eral funds from be­ing used to fi­nance abor­tions, Mr. Wear said Democrats made min­i­mal ef­fort to reach out to re­li­gious vot­ers dur­ing the 2016 pres­i­den­tial race, which saw 81 per­cent of evan­gel­i­cals and a ma­jor­ity of Catholics back Repub­li­can Don­ald Trump, a man with no pre­vi­ous ties to re­li­gious con­ser­vatism.

Mr. Wear said Democrats need to rec­og­nize that Amer­ica is “still a pro­foundly re­li­gious na­tion” if they hope to change their po­lit­i­cal for­tunes.

“It doesn’t help you win elec­tions if you’re openly dis­dain­ful to­ward the driv­ing force in many Amer­i­cans’ lives,” he said.

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