New Democratic presidential challenger to Biden emerges in pro-life progressive activist Terrisa Bukovinac

 September 21, 2023

President Joe Biden's 2024 re-election bid was just complicated somewhat by the addition of another long-shot challenger for the Democratic Party's nomination -- Terrisa Bukovinac, an increasingly rare pro-life progressive activist, according to the Washington Examiner.

Bukovinac, who aligns with the left on most issues other than abortion, is the founder of the Pro-Life San Francisco and Progressive Anti-Abortion Uprising groups, and she intends to make the "genocide" of unborn babies a major topic in the 2024 election cycle.

Pro-life Democrat enters presidential race

Bukovinac issued a press release last week to announce her presidential candidacy and described herself as "the most pro-life candidate of either major party" in the coming election.

Her platform includes a total federal ban on abortions, the "total and complete defunding of Planned Parenthood," making birth "free" for all women, as well as repealing the federal FACE Act -- Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances Act -- and pardoning all pro-life activists who've been convicted under that law.

Bukovinac plans to run uncensored ads highlighting the "human rights atrocities" of abortion and said in a statement, "I will not stop until the toxic relationship between the Democratic Party and the abortion industry is broken and those children, and the countless children like them, have justice. A better world is possible, and it starts with us."

Biden "complicit" in abortion "genocide"

In an interview with Fox News, Bukovinac said, "President Biden is a collaborator in a genocide. He once stood for the dignity of unborn children and yet now, not only has he become complicit in all of this, he is the top promoter of late-term abortion in this nation and around the globe, and he's not fit to lead."

She lamented that pro-life Democrats often feel they have no good choices in most election cycles, "But, this year, you have another option, and it is completely unacceptable under any conditions that we would give aid to a pro-choice Democrat. It is really Democrats who continue to give aid to these pro-choice candidates, even though they consider themselves pro-life, that are allowing this genocide to continue."

To be sure, while Bukovinac typically finds herself in league with conservative Republicans in opposing abortion, she is otherwise a progressive ideologue, and told Fox News, "Throughout my career, I have espoused leftist political views, and that doesn't change in my campaign. This is an authentic campaign. This is who I am. This is what I believe."

"I believe we cannot end the abortion genocide without banning abortion and without also making birth free and creating an economic environment where parents do not feel that they have to choose between making ends meet and having their unborn child killed, so I will continue to stand for those issues," she continued.

Bukovinac added in the Fox News interview that she would "absolutely not" vote for President Biden's re-election but also made clear that she didn't view former President Donald Trump as being much better on the abortion issue either, and referenced Trump's recent criticism of states like Florida that have passed strict abortion regulations into law.

"We see Trump basically calling a six-week abortion ban a horrible thing," she said, "And I think most pro-life Americans want to see an actual pro-life candidate. I'm the most pro-life candidate for the Democrats or the Republicans, so I think people are encouraged seeing young people stepping up for life."

How many pro-life Democrats are out there?

Bukovinac's campaign manager, Catherine Glenn Foster, told Fox News, "It is time for Democrats to put a pro-life agenda back into their platform. The latest polling shows that one-quarter of Democratic voters consider themselves to be pro-life, and Terrisa is their voice in 2024. Her challenge to the Democratic establishment and the sold-out Biden/Harris administration on the issue of life is exactly what we need in the race for the White House."

The claim from Foster that one-quarter of Democrats identify as pro-life is debatable, as recent polling from Gallup found that only around 15% of Democrats identify as such. Yet, that survey also found that around 34% of Democrats think abortion should be "legal only under certain circumstances" while 4% say it should be illegal in all circumstances.

Foster may have been referring to what Pew Research revealed last year in that roughly a quarter of Democrats said abortion should be "illegal in most cases" (26%) or "illegal in all cases" (22%), with most of that number being comprised generally of ideologically moderate and religious minorities and women.

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