Governor Edwards is the exception among Democrats
The state of Louisiana stands out from the other pro-life states which want to restrict the rights of women to access abortion- the state has John Bel Edwards as Governor, a Democrat. The pro-life governor in the Democratic party has more in common with his Republican counterparts rather than his party members. The overwhelming majority of Democrats have rallied around a pro-choice platform during the last 20 years.
All Democrats are not toeing the pro-choice party line. A few of them fervently hope that there is room for them to oppose abortion within the ranks of the Democratic party. There are Democrats For Life, a group within the party opposing abortion. Kristen Day, the executive director, told The Washington Post that members of the group face an uphill battle. She lamented that Democrats are throwing people who hold opposing views out, and not engaging them.
For political observers, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards practically have no way out except taking the pro-life stance. To win Louisiana, a state with strong Republican leanings, an electable governor must be a pro-second amendment and pro-life. Any politician not holding the preceding views will have no chance of getting any office. Other than pro-life, Edwards’ opinions are like other members of his party. He backs LGBTQ equality and expanded Medicaid. The Democrat Governor has also fought for women’s pay equity and a higher minimum wage for all,
Wow, Louisiana then passed that abortion bill too. Choose your BD wisely
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The Democrats For Life has also pushed an agenda, which other than the pro-life bill, is in line with the Democratic party. They have pushed their aims, which they term “pro-life for the whole life.” The group goal is not only to increase government protections to help the unborn, but also the disabled and the poor. They want to help the food insecure, the immigrants, and many other groups which can claim to be forgotten by the pro-life groups in their crusade against Roe. To give an example, Governor Edwards has himself pushed for the expansion of the age of foster care from 18 to 21 years of age. As per Day, this kind of legislation could move the controversial anti-abortion movement from the simple pro-birth legislation to a more holistic ethic promoting pro-life policies. Governor Edwards said it’s likely he’ll the sign the bill.