Democrat presidential candidate Henry Hewes has a unique message for voters. Hewes is pro-life. He stresses that he is pro-life before he is pro-Democrat.
He posts the same message often on Twitter:
“Over 3,000 babies will be killed in the U.S. of America today. Call your elected official. Moral outrage.”
Hewes says people write him back asking how he can dare ask what they’re doing to save the unborn babies.
“I am so vigorous on the issue that there are elements of the right-to-life community that just want to run commercials with pictures of babies in dandelion fields and be done with it,” he said. “I’m much more vigilant than that. I get feedback from the pro-life community saying to take it easy, they don’t want to make it that big of an issue. The purpose I’m running is to make the pro-life issue a bigger issue.”
Hewes said 42 percent of Democrats self-identify as being pro-life.
“It is the pro-abortion people who do not want to have conversations about the life issue because htey lose every argument,” he said.
His pro-life position comes from his religious and ethical views. He said he believes life begins at conception and created by God and is unique and distinct.
“The basis of civilizations is our willingness to protect the lives,” Hewes said. “If I’m driving down the road and a child runs in front of my car I will immediately crash my car into a tree to avoid killing a child. The basis of our civilization is we’re willing to do things not in our personal interest in order to protect other heartbeats. The abortion issue is a tremendous example of that.
“I understand why people decide to have an abortion. But in failing to protect the lives of the most vulnerable heartbeats, it is not only an affront to my religious beliefs but it’s an affront to the entire concept of our civilization. Technology is working in our advantage because nobody can say they can’t see a six-week old baby as a heartbeat.”
Hewes contends Bill Clinton was pro-life when he was governor of Arkansas. Jesse Jackson was pro-life before running for president. John Glenn was also pro-life before running for president.
“A lot of people in the Democrat Party are only pro-abortion because of NARAL and the abortion mafia that can take them out any time they want,” Hewes said. “I don’t really believe, for instance, that Hillary Clinton is in favor of partial-birth abortion.”
Hewes speculated that Clinton likely visited NARAL and was told if she did not go along with the pro-abortion agenda 100 percent they would not let her run.
“NARAL and the abortion lobby has enough capacity in the Party to intimidate these legislators,” he said.
He pointed to the recent effort in Congress to provide protection to babies born alive and the Democrat senators were still coerced into opposing the bill.
“(The abortion lobby) is so powerful that they can drive anybody who is pro-life out of the electoral stage,” Hewes said. “That’s why it is important for me to run. No matter how well or how poorly I do, having people out there willing to stand up and say these things has an impact on the discussion. Iowa is particularly important because I face constant efforts by the mainstream media and the Democrat Party to make me go away. They’re pretty effective at that.”
Hewes said every single mainstream network refused the movie Unplanned the ability to advertise.
“You face a constant effort to marginalize and silence pro-life people and keep them out of the debate,” Hewes said.
This means Iowa is the biggest and most important state to Hewes.
“If I can achieve 15 percent of the vote in the caucus that would force the Democrat Party to take a different tact to deal with me,” he said. “Mayor Pete, all he has to do to get his 15 percent is to get every homosexual in Iowa to come out and attend the caucus. Bernie Sanders has his little army of people. The question is if pro-life people in general who are registered Democrats are willing to come out and be present at the caucuses. That’s something that people can do — take one evening out of their life and they can deliver a message to the country.”
Hewes helped Pat Robertson’s campaign for president in 1988. Iowa was instrumental in the rise of the Christian conservative with Robertson’s win in the caucus.
“If I were to win the Iowa Caucus you could imagine what the impact would be on the national debate,” Hewes said. “People would say how is it possible a pro-life person can win the plurality of votes in the Democrat caucus. It would change the world. If we just got every person who is dedicated to the pro-life cause to register as a Democrat and come out, we’d win the Iowa Caucus.”
Hewes admittedly says he does not expect to win the Democrat’s nomination. But that isn’t necessarily his goal.
“The impact of raising abortion and religious liberty issue in debates will change the consciousnesses of the general electorate in America,” Hewes said. “Republicans have an interest to come out and participate in the Democrat caucus as well.”
It isn’t just about the life issue. Hewes also expressed concern over what he called the “assault” on religious liberty.
“It goes on in ways every day that people do not even believe,” he said. “There is discrimination in hiring across the country to screen out religious people. There’s a case in Seattle where people had their children taken away from them just because they insisted on teaching them their version of their religion. This is permeating our entire society and it’s part of the agenda of the secular Left to actually drive pro-religious people out of the public sector.”
In New York, he said, they have a program where any organization can use school buildings for meetings with one exception — if you have any religious position at all you cannot use a school building.
“That’s not unusual. Even a state like North Dakota — if you go down and say you want to hold religious services at my son’s school, they’ll tell you no. So this issue, and it’s not the homosexual movement in general, it is the secular Left conscientiously trying to make it difficult for religious people to function in the public square.”
Hewes was brought up as an Episcopalian. He said he had a personal experience with the Holy Spirit when he was in his 20s. That experience made him a much more active Christian.
“I am a very intense Christian,” he said. “I believe in the teachings of Jesus Christ. I don’t have much instinct to vary from that. I am an extreme Christian. I am an extreme evangelist.”
He does not exclude anyone from his circle of friends, he said. He’s willing to debate anyone. And, he said, America is indeed a Christian nation and was founded as such.
“The United States is not a Muslim nation, it’s not a Hindu nation,” he said. “I believe that Christians should be in the public discourse. I remember one time, I used to do a lot of speaking for Pat Robertson, speaking to ministers and asking if they know who the sovereign is in the United States. Most didn’t. In the United States, we don’t have a sovereign president or sovereign congress. The people are sovereign.
“That that means is that the people are responsible for the government. When you and I allow the government to murder a million and a half babies a year, God is going to be looking to us to be responsible for that. Because the people are sovereign we have an obligation to actually discipline and control the government in ways that reflect our ethical beliefs.”