The March for Life has been held, without fail, every year since 1972. It’s a great event that attracts hundreds of thousands of men, women and children from all across the country who march in solidarity against abortion and the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision.

But this year, despite many of their constituents gathering on the mall, House Democrats will not be in session. Sadly, this isn’t much of a surprise. It’s a known practice in Washington DC for Democrats to celebrate the Women’s March but then shun the March for Life. When the Republicans control the House and/or the Senate, they are usually in session during the March. For any American voter, this discrepancy is expected but nevertheless disappointing.

Over the years, the Democrats have truly become the party of abortion. From their ardent support of Planned Parenthood to the passing of horrific abortion bills in states like New York, it is difficult to find any pro-life Democrat.

Those that are, often find their political lives more difficult than most.

An example would be Representative Dan Lipinski. A pro-life Democrat out of Illinois, he has consistently voted to preserve life with the support of his constituents. But for Democrats, that cannot continue. In 2018, NARAL, a radical pro-abortion lobbying group, mounted an extensive and expensive campaign against Rep. Lipinski in the primary to try and force him, and his pro-life views, out of office. It was perhaps one of the most contentious contests in that primary season.

He beat his opponent by just 2% of the vote.

He will be facing the challenger, Marie Newman, again in the primaries this year. She is a progressive pro-abortion activist, and the district may have finally moved to the Left enough to give her the victory.

She’s also received a rousing endorsement from New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who said in a statement, “It’s going to take a bigger, stronger Democratic Party—one that’s returned to our FDR roots & fights for working people—to change our future in 2020. We can’t afford deep blue seats fighting against healthcare & equal rights.”

When she says “healthcare,” she means abortion. 

If Lipinski fails to secure his party’s nomination, it will be a terrible loss for the pro-life cause, but not just because of his vote. It represents the loss of political and intellectual autonomy in the Democratic Party. As a person of conviction, Rep. Lipinski and other pro-life Democrats should have the right advocate for the preborn babies of their constituents.

What’s wrong with politicians having different opinions about moral issues within a party? What is so threatening about a politician with pro-life views?

The pressure that he and other pro-life Democrats face won’t end until they capitulate to the cult of abortion.

That’s the problem with abortion politics today. For politicians that lean liberal and want to serve their country in public office, they must be pro-abortion or face the wrath of the party leaders. All parties, Republican and Democrat, should welcome people with different opinions because it does enrich legislation and governance (in most instances) and it also reflects our personal freedoms.

If there are no more pro-life Democrats allowed in the party, then it has become what our Founders feared the most: a political party where freedom of thought, speech, conviction and religion is no longer allowed.