Youngsters like myself may find it hard to believe, but many Congressional Democrats haven't always been in favor of abortion-on-demand like they are now. Jill Stanek wrote an article last September that focuses specifically on Senator Dick Durbin's abandonment of his principles, but she also mentions a good number of other Democrats who became pro-abortion when they perceived the political winds shifting.
When Durbin was running for the U.S. House of Representatives in 1982, he boasted to a prospective pro-life vote that he served for five years as master of ceremonies at the annual Roe v. Wade observance at the state capitol, served as master of ceremonies at Springfield Right-to-Life's annual banquet, opposed abortion-on-demand and didn't even believe the right to abortion was constitutional.
Durbin won. In 1983 Durbin wrote a constituent that he hoped for Roe v. Wade's overturn so "states would be allowed to regulate ... abortion."
In 1983, Durbin responded in a pro-life questionnaire that he opposed all abortions except to save the life of the mother. ...
... Durbin made a bid in 1989 for vice chair of the House Democrat caucus, the No. 4 leadership position. But he lost – decisively.
Meanwhile, House comrade Dick Gephardt, who renounced his pro-life position in 1986, ascended to House Majority Leader that same year. In fact, most pro-life Democrats with aspirations defected during the 1980s, including Gore and Clinton.
And Durbin. Between 1989 and 1996, Durbin amassed an 84 percent pro-abortion voting record.
In 1996, he won his bid for U.S. Senate.
As senator, Durbin has maintained a 100 percent pro-abortion voting record, also utilizing his now renowned debating skills to aid and abet the abortion lobby.
Did he change his mind? Or were his principles always for sale?
I don't doubt that many Republican politicians would also be willing to sell-out their various principles in order to stay in office, which is why it's so important for the electorate to do its best to keep its thumbs on its leaders.