Christian leaders are calling on the Democrats to advocate real-life politics

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A group of more than 100 faith leaders and clergy are calling on the National Democratic Committee (DNC) to change abortion policies in its upcoming 2020 platform.

Bishop John Stowe of Lexington, Kentucky was one of several Catholic clergymen, religious and lay people who joined 115 Christian leaders, theologians, and ministers on Friday to sign a letter to the DNC and the Committee for Democratic Platforms and to join the party ask to support pro -Life Guidelines including "Legal Protection for Preterm Children".

The letter was sent ahead of the upcoming DNC meeting scheduled to take place in Milwaukee from August 17th to 20th. The party will adopt a platform at the convention setting out its political priorities for the next four years.

The 2016 DNC platform has been criticized by pro lifers for its extremism. It called for a taxpayer-funded abortion in the US and overseas, and promoted abortion on demand.

After the 2016 platform, some House and Senate Democrats tried to lift the Hyde amendment, a decade-old policy that is protected from taxpayer-financed abortions. On Thursday, MP Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) Tabled an amendment to remove this protection from spending legislation.

The letter sent to the DNC on Friday called for "measures to protect women and children", including better prenatal care.

"We urge you to recognize the inviolable human dignity of the child before and after birth," the letter said, calling for a "litmus test for lifelike people of faith seeking an office in the Democratic Party."

Among the signatories were theology professors from the University of Notre Dame, Loyola University, Seton Hall University, Fordham University and Providence College. Several Catholic priests from the dioceses of Birmingham, Providence and Rochester as well as the archdioceses of San Francisco and Los Angeles have registered.

Rev. Dr. Gabriel Salguero, a member of President Obama's Advisory Board on Faithful and Neighborhood Partnerships, also signed the letter.

The letter quotes the Bible to say that "life begins with fertilization" and that "abortion costs the lives of the innocent".

The signatories also say that the policy of "denying personality to the preterm baby" shows "disruptive parallels to Dred Scott vs. Sandford," the infamous Supreme Court decision of 1857 that a fugitive slave was not a citizen and did not have one Enjoyed other citizens' rights.

Democrats for Life of America director Kristen Day said the letter "demonstrates the strength of opposition to Joe Biden's beliefs about abortion." While long supported the Hyde amendment, Biden returned his support last summer in the face of criticism from other presidential candidates.

Other Democratic presidential candidates had pushed for an aggressive abortion policy, including on-demand abortion until birth. Each candidate wanted to enable US taxpayer abortion funding through Medicaid reimbursements.

The candidates also disagreed whether they should even recognize pro-life Democrats as part of the party. Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vt.) Said during a February debate in New Hampshire that abortion support "is an integral part of being a Democrat".

Meanwhile, Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) Welcomed the support of pro-life voters while she herself taxpayer-funded abortion and Roe v. Wade supported.

She said, "There is a place in our party for a pro-life Democrat, there is also a place in my support for pro-choice Republicans."

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