In an interview with The Hill, DCCC chairman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) said Democrats won't deny funding to anti-choice candidates in their effort to paint the House blue in 2018. Liberals who strongly support a woman's right to choose are pissed.
Luján's "big tent" argument goes like this: the DCCC should support anti-choice Democrats because they might have a better chance of winning in conservative districts. So what if Dems have to add a few more seats to the anti-choice table, despite the fact that those members' views would fly in the face of a core party value? Those members will vote with other Democrats most of the time on other economic and social issues.
The “go fuck yourself DCCC" argument, articulated by Mitchell Stille of NARAL in that interview, goes like this: “The idea that jettisoning this issue wins elections for Democrats is folly contradicted by all available data.” The latest Pew survey on the issue finds that “a 57 percent majority of Americans say abortion should be legal in all or most cases.”
Congressman Dave Reichert, who represents Washington's 8th district, consistently votes to ban federal funding for abortions, though no federal dollars go to fund abortions. This year he also voted to nullify Obamacare's Title X rule, which funds family planning clinics. And though he ultimately voted against the American Health Care Act, he voted for it as a member of the House Ways and Means Committee. If you consider his committee vote, Reichert voted with National Right to Life 75 percent of the time so far this year.
According to the Seattle Times, Dave Reichert’s argument about abortion, which he stated back in 2006, goes like this: “I think life begins at conception,” he said. “I think it [abortion] is taking a life. That’s the way I look at it.”
Since the district was drawn to be more reliably conservative in 2012, it's hard to say where the 8th is at on choice. But as the Times notes, in 1998, at least, a majority voted against a state-wide ban on late-term abortions.
The Democratic challengers running against Reichert in 2018 hold views that seem to be more in line with the old district's values.
Mona Das’s argument, according to her spokesperson, goes like this: "I'm unequivocally pro-choice."
Jason Rittereiser's argument, according to his spokesperson, goes like this: “I'm 100 percent pro-choice."
Tola Marts’s argument, as relayed to me by his campaign manager (and former spokesperson for Planned Parenthood) goes like this: “Councilmember Tola Marts is a passionate champion for reproductive health and rights, and unequivocally believes in fighting for the constitutionally protected right to abortion access. If elected to Congress, he will fight tooth and nail against President Trump and other Republicans who have made attacking Planned Parenthood a weekly event. Unlike Dave Reichert, Tola Marts will work to expand access to women’s health care across Washington and the rest of the country, including efforts to break down the disproportionate barriers that women in rural and underserved areas face when seeking reproductive care.”