If the exclusion of pro-life groups from the (so-called) Women’s March and the hysterical reaction from abortion groups to the nomination of Neil Gorsuch leaves you wondering just how strong the abortion lobby’s grip on the Democratic Party is, Representative Eric Salwell’s (D – CA) embarrassing performance on Tucker Carlson’s program the other night ought to convince (and amuse) you. In the course of discussing Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Carlson quoted Gorsuch as saying that “all human beings are intrisically valuable and the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong,” and asked if Salwell shares such a belief. Salwell replied with this non-answer:

All human beings are intrinsically valuable. However, Roe v. Wade says that a woman has a right to make a decision about her own healthcare.

When Carlson cogently replied that Judge Gorsuch’s statement did not reference Roe, and inquired again whether Salwell agrees that the intentional taking of human life by private persons is always wrong, Salwell cotinued to deflect the question and pontificated about people’s right to choose how to treat their bodies, to the Constitution, and to Judge Gorsuch’s legal career.

The fact that a Democratic representative felt unable to affirm a simple moral statement about the immorality of taking a human life is a sad, sad sign of the grip of the abortionists on the Democratic Party. One would have presumed that all of us, whether we are pro-life or pro-choice, would agree that human life is sacrosanct. Intelligent abortion advocates would argue that fetuses are not yet fully human, and that therefore destroying a fetus is not the equivalent of murder. Or so one would hope. Yet Representative Salwell apparently fears that any unequivocal support for the value of human life translates into opposition to abortion. Apparently, even affirming the value of human life must be qualified. Sad.