We’ve all seen them. Our cars have been blocked due to their foot traffic, our TVs taken over with footage of their chants, our computer screens flooded with images of their signs. These woke millennials spend their weekends carrying messages of #resistance while wearing red capes, pink hats, and T-shirts with catchy hashtags. Their objective is no longer to keep abortion “safe, legal, and rare,” but to shout it, to be proud about it, and to kick and scream if their party does not expel pro-life defectors.
Where were they before Donald Trump? They were at brunch — the weekly social event where secular millennials gather over runny eggs and mimosas. (Barf.)
“I did notice that it’s getting to be more of a type of social event,” said Denisha Jones, a repeat protester and an assistant professor at Trinity Washington University, according to an article in The New York Times, with a headline that reads: “Protesting at Lunchtime: Defying Trump Becomes a Washington Lifestyle.” “Folks I normally go to brunch with, we go to protests.”
“I spend the majority of my days not meeting my writing deadlines or eating biscuits and gravy with a mimosa chaser and failing the Bechdel test with friends but figuring out what actions we’re going to do,” Jen Doll of The Week writes. “Protests must be brunch now because simple, soulless brunching is no longer acceptable”
The party that represents these radicalized brunch-goers has no room for those who believe life begins at conception. They’ve expelled nearly all of its representatives who believe life begins at conception and vote accordingly. In Congress, only two Democrats belong to the Congressional Pro-Life Caucus. That’s right, two. And the party is not running a single pro-life Democrat in any of the 91 districts they hope to win over this November. Both of these things are startling given that in 2009, 64 Democrats opposed the Affordable Care Act because they thought it didn’t come with enough restrictions on abortion.
Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-Ill.), one of these Democratic congressmen who broke rank in 2009, has represented the Third District of Illinois since 2005. His seat is in jeopardy now that he’s being challenged in the upcoming primary by Marie Newman, the darling of NARAL Pro-Choice America, EMILY’s List, Gloria Steinem, and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand.
To say the Democratic Party’s views on abortion are out-of-touch with most Americans is an understatement. Poll after poll has shown that a majority of Americans think late-term abortions should be illegal, with 80 percent saying the procedure should be restricted to at least the first trimester of a pregnancy. The Hyde Amendment, which bars federal tax dollars from funding abortions, is also supported among a majority of Americans, but you wouldn’t know that based on the way the Democratic Party operates.
Democrats Have Become Synonymous With Abortion
All throughout the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton branded herself as the #AbortionKween by declaring abortion, and taxpayer-funded access to an abortion, a “right.” Her radical position on the issue secured the first-ever presidential endorsement from Planned Parenthood. When asked if she supported any restrictions on abortion, she said that an abortion in the ninth month of a pregnancy ought to be legal.
Her running mate, Sen. Tim Kaine — a Catholic Democrat who received an F grade from NARAL for authorizing “Choose Life” license plates, promoting adoption, and supporting abstinence-focused education during his tenure as Virginia governor — had to loudly distance himself from these actions to make himself palatable to the Democratic Party. Kaine declared that while he was still “personally pro-life,” he made it absolutely clear he would not stand in Hillary’s way on abortion. As Federalist publisher Ben Domenech pointed out at the time, Kaine’s decision to backtrack and qualify statements he’s made about life in order to serve alongside Hillary on the Democratic ticket shows how intolerant the party has become towards people who are even “personally pro-life”– whatever that means.
At the Democratic National Convention in the summer of 2016, Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America and mother of two, took the stage to brag about the time she aborted her first child. In response, the audience cheered.
Fast-forward to November 2016. Clinton loses the presidential election. She doesn’t just lose a few key battleground states in the Midwest, she loses the overall Catholic vote by 7 points — a demographic former President Obama won in the past two elections. Writing for The New York Times, Thomas Groome explains that she lost the white Catholic vote by 23 points — a loss that’s particularly damning given that Kaine is Catholic. Catholics rejected a ticket with one of their own, due in no small part to Hillary’s radical stance on abortion.
“If Democrats want to regain the Catholic vote, they must treat abortion as a moral issue, work for its continued reduction and articulate a more nuanced message than, ‘We support Roe v. Wade,'” Groome, an Irish-Catholic theology professor at Boston College, wrote.
He’s right. But the Democratic Party likely won’t listen, because they’re not seeking pro-life voters who adhere to orthodox religions. Instead they sacrifice babies to the god of feminism, confront white women to appease the god of intersectionality, and keep the sabbath holy by partaking in the weekly sacrament of brunch.
Abortion Advocates Control the Democratic Party
Since Trump’s inauguration last year and the Women’s March that rallied in opposition to the president, a coalition of abortion advocates have become the most vocal faction of the party’s base, with Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America, and EMILY’s List becoming (even more) influential activist arms of the Democratic Party.
Over the past year, Planned Parenthood has encouraged women to dress as handmaidens from the popular Hulu show “The Handmaid’s Tale,” based on a dystopian novel of the same name, and descend upon Washington DC and state capitols in Ohio, Texas, Missouri, and New York to protest health care bills that might upset their multi-million-dollar, taxpayer-funded gravy train.
This is perhaps the most absurd example I’ve seen yet. Women dressed in their red capes form a circle in the center of the Wisconsin state capitol in Madison to show how oppressed they will become if evil Republicans have their way. Then POOF, it’s suddenly a dance routine! The women are dressed not as handmaidens, but in pussy hats! Watch.
They took off their Handmaid’s Tale costumes, put on pussy hats and started dancing. pic.twitter.com/YxuGyjCe7a
— Jessie Opoien (@jessieopie) February 14, 2018
It’s not just health care bills that abortion advocates have been protesting. Planned Parenthood and the like are whipping their activists into opposing, or rallying for, policies that have seemingly nothing to do with abortion. In the past six months, I’ve received text alerts from the abortion giant regarding tax reform, health care, Transgender Day of Remembrance and Resilience, hurricane Maria’s devastating effect on Puerto Rico, immigration reform, the DREAM act, and Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals. Most recently, I was encouraged to “break Mike Pence’s heart” by donating to PPAct in his name on Valentine’s Day.
Ah, Mike Pence. The Christian politician progressives frequently mock for things like declining to dine alone with women who are not his wife, or for declaring that he wishes to consign Roe v. Wade to “the ash heap of history.” He’s not the only person of faith who is often under fire, either.
Dissenters Will Not Be Tolerated
Religious people who uphold the biblical teaching (and scientific finding) that life begins at conception are frequent targets of this secular orthodoxy, not just with mean text alerts, but also with regulatory action. Obama’s Department of Health and Human Services actively sought to punish and even bankrupt The Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic nuns who serve the elderly, and Hobby Lobby, a craft store owned by a Christian family, for refusing to provide abortion-inducing drugs. These actions sent a message: the only religion you are free to participate in without fear of persecution from a Democratic administration is abortion-affirming secularism.
In liberal states and cities, pro-lifers still face consequences for refusing to bow before the gods of Planned Parenthood. Support Circle, a chain of Christian crisis pregnancy centers in San Francisco, is embroiled in a lawsuit against the city, which claims it’s illegal if their organization pops up in a search engine window when a woman is searching for abortion clinics. Free speech is for everyone, except pro-lifers. Even existing on the Internet is all too much for the ultra-liberal city, which purports to be a tolerant utopia.
As religion-seeded ideas about life, marriage, and family become ickier and ickier to liberals, we are told that Facebook is the new church. Brunch is the new Sunday sacrament. And when it comes to abortion, dissenters will not be tolerated.