‘Non-negotiable’: Cecile Richards hits DCCC chair for rejecting abortion ‘litmus test’

‘Non-negotiable’: Cecile Richards hits DCCC chair for rejecting abortion ‘litmus test’
Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards speaks last Thursday during a rally outside of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. Richards took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to hit Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, for saying that the organization will not withhold funding for pro-life Democratic House candidates in the 2018 elections. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)

Planned Parenthood President and CEO Cecile Richards took to Twitter on Tuesday evening to hit Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, for saying that the organization will not withhold funding for pro-life Democratic House candidates in the 2018 elections.

In an interview with The Hill published Monday, Luján vowed not to impose “litmus tests” on candidates as the party seeks to gain a House majority.

“As we look at candidates across the country, you need to make sure you have candidates that fit the district, that can win in these districts across America,” Luján told The Hill.

Luján’s remarks were met with backlash from pro-choice activists, including Richards. The Planned Parenthood chief called the Democratic Party’s pro-choice position “non-negotiable.”

“We’ll hold any politician who says otherwise accountable,” she wrote, arguing that including pro-life candidates in the party would “alienate” women.

Other pro-choice activists criticized Luján’s position as well:

Others praised Luján’s remarks.

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