BY MICHAEL GRYBOSKI, Christian Post Reporter
Vice President Mike Pence officially offered a welcome to pro-life Democrats, explaining that they “have a home” in the Republican Party in response to prominent Democrats saying that abortion rights are integral to their party’s agenda.
Speaking at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Pence touched on several topics when speaking before the large conservative gathering outside Washington, D.C.
On the issue of abortion, Pence declared that “I couldn’t be more proud to be vice president to a president who stands without apology for the sanctity of human life.”
“This president reinstituted the Mexico City Policy to make sure that no taxpayer dollars will be used to promote or provide abortions overseas,” Pence said.
“He made history by becoming the first president to attend the March for Life last month, on the National Mall. And he signed legislation to make it possible for every state to deny Title X funding to abortion providers.”
Pence then talked about the Democratic candidates, making an appeal to members of the Democratic Party who identify as pro-life.
“Life is winning in America,” he said. “That’s what makes it so remarkable that every leading Democrat running for president has actually said that there’s no room in today’s Democratic Party for pro-life voters.”
“So let me say to every pro-life American, Republican, independent, or Democrat: You have a home in today’s Republican Party.”
Pence’s comments come amid debate among Democratic presidential candidates about what place, if any, pro-life individuals have in the party.
For example, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., declared at an event in New Hampshire that it was “absolutely essential” for a Democrat to be pro-choice on abortion.
“By this time in history, I think when we talk about what a Democrat is, I think being pro-choice is an essential part of that,” said Sanders at the “Our Rights, Our Courts” forum in Concord earlier this month.
At a town hall in Iowa, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg was asked by Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America, about whether he would support more “moderate platform language.”