Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Democrats' platform language on abortion

The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.The Democratic Party also strongly supports access to affordable family planning services and comprehensive age-appropriate sex education which empower people to make informed choices and live healthy lives. We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. The Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman's decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre and post natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs.

Compare the proposed language to that which is currently in the Democratic Party platform:

Because we believe in the privacy and equality of women, we stand proudly for a woman's right to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of her ability to pay. We stand firmly against Republican efforts to undermine that right. At the same time, we strongly support family planning and adoption incentives. Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.

Notice the effort to have it both ways in the proposed language. The Democrats want to affirm the right to kill babies BUT they want to pander to the compassionate elements of the party and therefore want to "reduce abortions" by increasing health care and education.

Of course the Democrats want Planned Parenthood to provide the health care and education. Care to guess what kind of education they want to provide to your children? Read Kathryn Lopez and weep.

Do not be confused by the efforts to attract the frustrated and the gullible. The abortion minded Democrats have only one thing on their mind - and it ain't protecting babies.


At 9:14 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One significant difference in the Democrat platform wording you cite compared to their previous pro-abortion planks is that the word "Republican" has been removed from their vow to resist efforts to supposedly water down Roe v. Wade (which hasn't been controlling since the now ironically titled "Casey" decision was rendered in 1992, anyway). To some extent this reflects their exploitation of Kristen Day's Democrats for Life group (she was recently on the news lamenting their lack of progress -- in fact, regression), since obviously the only reason that these hypocrites desire "inclusion" of all views in their party is to fool voters who might be inclined to the pro-life side, such as Catholics and Evangelicals.

And on the other hand, the Republican platform, officially pro-life since 1980, is never even enforced within the party, with pro-abortion candidates receiving campaign money and support from supposedly pro-life politicians, OVER PRO-LIFE OPPONENTS! (See Senate primaries in Pennsylvania 2004 and Rhode Island 2006.)

Maybe some day the careerist pro-life "leaders" in DC will wake up and smell the coffee, but (to mix metaphors), I wouldn't suggest anyone hold his breath until then....

John K. Walker, Phoenix


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