Obama religious outreach chief: Party becoming too pro-abortion
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.