Democratic Mayor Tom Koch of Quincy, Massachusetts has said goodbye to his party over its hard line on abortion.
Koch, 55, has been a loyal Democrat since age 18, but the Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez’s recent statement about mandatory support of abortion among party members was the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The DNC chair declared that a hard lined support of abortion was “nonnegotiable” within the party. Perez agreed to meet with the small number of pro-life Democrats, only to receive an uproar from the pro-abortion lobby which makes large financial contributions to the Democrats. The party’s choice to stand and with the lobbyists in supporting taxpayer funded abortions under any circumstances led to Koch’s exit.
Koch has been described as a “devout catholic” who believes in “governing from the middle.” He made his position clear declaring “I’m certainly a believer in life starts at conception.”
Thank you 😊 Mayor Tom Koch for taking a stand for life 👶👶 Wow ! There is still hope for Massachusetts 👶👣👶
— Irene (@Irene99879148) February 13, 2018
A January 2018 Marist Poll revealed the majority of Democratic voters are in favor of restricting late term abortions. The poll shows a rising trend in Democrats in favor of more abortion laws, stating, “The proportion of Americans who favor banning abortions after 20 weeks is up from 59% in January 2017. There has also been an increase in the number of Democrats (56%) that share this view compared to 49% a year ago.”
New information in medical science may be helping to change minds of Americans. Dr. Anthony Levatino is a former abortionist who explains that the nerves of an unborn baby are certainly developed enough to feel pain after 20 weeks.
The Democratic Party as a whole refuses to budge on its absolutist position. The Marist poll’s findings reveal:
- 68% would like to see abortion limited to the first trimester or only permitted in rare conditions such as saving the mother’s life, rape or incest.
- 60% agree with abortion being morally wrong if the baby is diagnosed with a disability, such as Down Syndrome.
- 50% believe abortions do the mother more harm than good.
- 60% of all American want abortion banned after the first 20 weeks of a pregnancy.
- 80% for Americans would like to see some kind of laws protecting the unborn along with the mother.
Koch has been mayor of Quincy since 2007. His stance against the Democratic party’s policies opens up the discussion about politicians representing their constituency’s wants versus the party’s demands.
I've heard politicians almost literally say that they think abortion is wrong but they support it due to politics. That is really disgusting. God bless this guy for following his conscience instead of ignoring it for political reasons
— Justin (@roboticattack) February 12, 2018
feature image via Governing Magazine