Nebraska Dem chair slams Perez for dismissing anti-abortion Dems
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The chair of Nebraska's Democratic Party is criticizing Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chairman Tom Perez for calling for all Democrats to be pro-abortion rights, saying the party shouldn't make anti-abortion Democrats feel unwelcome.

“Tom Perez put every Democrat who is leading our party at the nationwide and statewide level in a very difficult position," Jane Kleeb told the Atlantic, saying Perez's statement "is now being interpreted as him saying he does not accept pro-life Democrats in the Party."

“I think the demonizing of people who are pro-life is deplorable,” she added. Kleeb said she identifies as pro-choice and progressive.


Perez called on Democrats to back legal abortion in the wake of controversy over Heath Mello, an anti-abortion Democrat running for mayor of Omaha, Neb.

“Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman’s right to make her own choices about her body and her health,” Perez said last week, adding that every Democrat should support "the Democratic Party’s position on women’s fundamental rights.”

Two prominent women's rights groups last week ripped Democrats for promoting Mello, a Democrat who has voted for bills that restrict abortion rights. The controversy came to a head when Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' | Don't attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce 'Green New Deal for Public Housing' MORE (I-Vt.) held an event in Omaha.

Perez and other top Democrats have since sought to clarify their views on anti-abortion Democrats. 

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said “of course” a person can be a Democrat while opposing abortion rights, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Democrats should be a “big tent” party.