Actress Patricia Heaton slammed the Democratic Party's pro-abortion position on Twitter Wednesday, asking why any "civilized person" would want to support the party's "barbaric" pro-abortion platform.
Heaton, who famously played Debra Barone in the CBS sitcom, "Everybody Loves Raymond," wrote that she doesn't understand why anyone who considers themselves pro-life would want to know if they are "welcome" in the party.
Doubling down, she asked, "Why would any civilized person want to support a barbaric platform that champions abortion for any reason through all nine months funded by taxpayers?"
P.S. I didn’t vote in the last presidential cycle and will not be voting in this one. I am not a Trump supporter.— Patricia Heaton (@Patricia Heaton) 1581529371.0
Before President Trump supporters could cheer and claim her as their own, Heaton was quick to point out that she is not a supporter of the president and does not plan to vote for him.
Later in the thread, she insisted that she didn't vote for Barack Obama either, despite being raised a Democrat. She claimed it was the Democratic Party's decision to target the unborn that drove her to leave.
@onlykaty I was raised a Democrat - protested Vietnam war, supported migrant farm workers etc. The minute democrats… https://t.co/UKnHa7g4fM— Patricia Heaton (@Patricia Heaton) 1581529118.0
What's the background?
Heaton's comments come as the Democratic Party grows increasingly radical on the issue, recently shifting toward support for unlimited taxpayer funded abortions at any point during pregnancy — and perhaps even after birth.
The shift has sparked concern among pro-life Democrats who feel like they are no longer welcome in the party and incited debate among Democratic presidential candidates on what exactly the party's platform should be.
While Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is catering to more moderate voices, candidates like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) are doing the opposite. During a town hall earlier in the week, Sanders signaled that there is no future for pro-lifers in the Democratic Party, saying, "being pro-choice is an absolutely essential part of being a Democrat."
On Jan. 26, when confronted by a pro-life Democrat about whether he would support more moderate platform language on the issue, candidate Pete Buttigieg essentially dismissed her from the party.
Heaton seems to be targeting people like the pro-life Democrat who confronted Buttigieg — who said there are 21 million like her — and asking them why they even bother with the Democratic Party.
Some on Twitter tried to answer her
Twitter users responded to Heaton's post with answers to her question and she seemed open to the conversation.
One user pointed to his dad as an example.
@jfkenney Agree there needs to be more support for families.— Patricia Heaton (@Patricia Heaton) 1581529255.0
Another pointed out the hypocrisy from the Republican side.
@jzipple I totally agree with you on this point. Republican politicians are cowards. That’s why I no longer partic… https://t.co/RacP3YYPMZ— Patricia Heaton (@Patricia Heaton) 1581528957.0
Still another argued that perhaps some pro-life Democrats believe they can sway their party.
@bmpworldwide @nedryun Valid— Patricia Heaton (@Patricia Heaton) 1581534032.0
Many more responded to Heaton's post with praise, thanking the actress for standing up to the Democratic Party and speaking truth about abortion.