Skip to comments.The Democrats’ Platform Plank on Abortion: One Step Forward and Two Steps Back?
Posted on 09/13/2008 12:59:02 PM PDT by wagglebee
Much has been made of the Democratic Partys new platform plank on abortion. Jim Wallis has hailed the new language as an historic step forward. Is it?
Well, Sen. Obama says that words matter, so lets examine the actual words. It is true that the Democrats did add language stating that the party strongly supports a womans 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. This is good to know and does provide a certain moral symmetry to their promotion of tax-funded abortions through their support of a womans right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.
Some observers, however, believe that the Democrats abortion stance is actually more liberal than before. The Wall Street Journals Naomi Schaefer Riley proclaimed? that it appeared that the Democrats have accomplished the impossible: they have moved to the left on abortion (Wall Street Journal, Aug. 20. 2008).
Why would Ms. Riley and others say this? It could be because the Democratic Partys Platform plank on abortion strengthens its support for Roe v. Wade by stating that it strongly and unequivocally supports Roe and that they oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. The key words here are unequivocally and any and all. These words taken together are about as inclusive an assertion of an absolute right to abortion as the English language is capable of mustering. Opposition to any and all attempts to weaken or undermine a womans right to an abortion would include opposing bans on partial birth abortion.
While adding this incredibly expansive language, the platform writers also removed the Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare language found in the Democrats 2004 Platform. No wonder that NARAL Pro-Choice America rhapsodized that the new platform language reaffirmed in the strongest of terms the Democratic Partys solid commitment to a womans right to choose.
Yes, words do matter. I applaud the efforts of those who tried to push the Democratic Party Platform in a pro-life direction. Alas, in spite of their efforts, the Democrats took one step forward and two steps back when it comes to protecting our nations unborn citizens.
This column originally posted at Casting Stones, a blog hosted by Beliefnet.com.
Dr. Richard Land is president of The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, the Southern Baptist Convention's official entity assigned to address social, moral, and ethical concerns, with particular attention to their impact on American families and their faith.
Of course it is, no presidential candidate has ever been as pro-abortion as Obama.
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The new DNC abortion platform, translated:
“We unequivically believe in killing any and all babies, up to and including those accidentally born alive.
“But if a baby should make it into the world, we believe in giving it a thorough leftist education and permanent welfare benefits, so it will unequivocally vote for us.”
The democratic party = The party of death.
Of the people I know who are pro-abortion, NONE of them support PBA once the procedure is explained to them.
Guided by ultrasound, the abortionist grabs the baby's leg with forceps.
The baby's leg is pulled out into the birth canal.
The abortionist delivers the baby's entire body, except for the head.
The abortionist jams scissors into the baby's skull. The scissors are then opened to enlarge the hole...
The scissors are removed and a suction catheter is inserted. The child's brains are sucked out, causing the skull to collapse. The dead baby is then removed.
In a very short time, abortion will be WIPED OUT from the majority of the Democratic party. It is an unsustainable political position destined for the dust. Watch for it.
An older lady who has almost always voted dimocrat came to my faith-sharing group yesterday afternoon quite upset about the fact that Catholics could not be Democrats and Democrats could not be Catholics because of this plank in their platform.
I just smiled.
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IMHO, that will happen when, and only when, a movement arises of women who acknowledge that the only way to get the blood off their hands is to save babies by letting others know that the only way to get the blood off their hands, etc.
If and when such a movement reaches a critical point, it will trigger a sea change. If Vice President Palin were to use her bully pulpit, I think she could make it happen.
I'm sure the choir will love that sermon.
What's need, though, is for the Catholic Church and other pro-life groups to make clear that they don't want women who have had abortions to be consumed by guilt--they want them to be cleansed of it. The only way such women can be free of guilt is to recognize their mistake and discourage others from following in their footsteps.
If pro-life groups actively offered caring support for those who had had abortions, and solicited such people to join them, I would think that could do wonders.
The more the Dems try to appeal to values-voters, the clearer it becomes that they don’t understand us at all.