Pro-abortion rights groups, however, criticized Lujan's comments and downplayed any claimed advantage in backing pro-life candidates.
NARAL Pro-Choice America national campaigns director Mitchell Stille rejected as "sadly mistaken" any claim that President Trump and Republican candidates won in 2016 because of opposition to abortion.
The Democratic Party's abortion support was a focus of controversy in the early 2017 campaign of Health Mello, a Democratic candidate for mayor of Omaha, Neb.
In mid-April former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez publicly supported Mello. Mello had supported abortion restrictions in the past as a state senator, and was endorsed by Nebraska Right to Life in 2012, but received a 100 percent rating from Planned Parenthood Voters of Nebraska in 2015.
Mello had pledged not to do anything as mayor that would restrict "access to reproductive health care." Nonetheless, pro-abortion rights groups like NARAL Pro-Choice America criticized the Perez and Sanders endorsements as "politically stupid."
DNC chair Tom Perez responded to criticism by appearing to strongly reject any openness to pro-life candidates.
"Every Democrat, like every American, should support a woman's right to make her own choices about her body and her health," he said April 21. "This is not negotiable and should not change city by city or state by state."
At the time, a DNC aide told The Hill this statement did not represent a litmus test.
Dannenfelser said Aug. 1 that some Democrats are starting to recognize their vulnerability on abortion, even though "abortion lobby leaders are beside themselves over the mere suggestion that a pro-life Democrat be permitted to run."
In 2006, the last time the Democrats won the House of Representatives from Republican control, the party recruited and supported several pro-life Democrats.