Given my view that the term "pro-life Democrat" has become an oxymoron in the aftermath of ObamaCare, I wasn't surprised at this story on Congress.org discussing tension in the bi-partisan House Pro-Life Caucus. Some "pro-life" Democrats who voted for the final health-care package are none too pleased at being targeted by pro-life groups in an election year:
Some members say they're not sure whether the [caucus] will continue to function.
"Whether or not … we'll continue working together, I don't know," said Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio). "I would hope so."
Driehaus, who voted for the bill, said he thinks the group's fate may rest in the hands of antiabortion groups such as National Right to Life and the Susan B. Anthony List, which have taken a strong line against the bill.
Already, the caucus is being shaken up by the retirement of co-chairman Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who announced in April that he would not seek re-election after 17 years in office.
That was compounded last week, when Rep. Alan Mollohan (D-W.Va.) lost a Democratic primary after being hit with negative radio and TV ads by antiabortion groups for his vote for health care.
Rep. Driehaus is wrong. The fate of pro-life cooperation between the parties on ObamaCare always rested in Democrats' hands. After compromising their principles for a flimsy executive order, now they want to avoid paying the price of opposition from legitimate pro-life advocates.
If Democrats truly had cared about cohesion in the caucus, they would have stuck to their guns and voted against legislation that lacked language banning taxpayer-subsidized abortion.
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