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Mommy Won't Help Dems on Abortion
Real Clear Politics ^ | August 15, 2008 | David Harsanyi

Posted on 08/15/2008 6:52:16 AM PDT by rhema

Were you aware that the Democratic Party platform will soon "strongly" support "motherhood"? Many of us with mothers are grateful.

Yesterday, a bevy of articles appeared alerting us to the fact that Democrats would offer a pointless embrace of maternity to soften the edges of the party's position on abortion. This, presumably, would grant many social conservatives the space they need to immerse in the warm and tender rays of Hope.

Has anything changed policywise on the issue? Has Barack Obama's stance softened? Not yet.

And why should it. The right of a woman to choose an abortion is one of the tenets of the Democratic Party. A political body must take an inflexible position on occasion -- or is "unity" just another word for "get me elected"?

Giving mom her due was a compromise forged by insiders in intense behind-the-scenes negotiations. The platform will now "strongly and unequivocally" support Roe vs. Wade, but also "strongly" support a woman's decision to carry a pregnancy to term.

Will Republicans follow suit by padding their anti-abortion platform statement with an iron-clad promise to support the right of citizens to grow mustaches? Such a declaration, after all, would be equally relevant.

Michael Yaki, the platform director, claims insiders spent days -- days! -- bringing parties together to carve out this intricate declaration. "If we had tried to do this on the fly, my concern was that it could turn into some very messy public event," he explained.

Messy, indeed. Democrats face a political barrier on abortion, as it remains one of a handful of issues that can't be compromised even by those fed up by Republicans.

Yet, the Democrats are so enthusiastic to make abortion a non-issue that they've recruited the vigorously unexciting Sen. Bob Casey Jr. of Pennsylvania, a Catholic who

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008dncconvention; abortion; democratparty; democrats; dnc; dncplatform; election; electionpresident; elections; mccain; moralabsolutes; nobama08; obama; prolife
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To: Tax-chick
"Wouldn’t you be “Animalia” and “Chordata,” too?"

Oh, heck yeah. I'm a Eukaryote as well (Latin for "True Nut"). But I've got that part down pat.

21 posted on 08/16/2008 8:02:36 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (Mammalia Primatia Hominidae Homo sapiens. Still working on the "sapiens" part.)
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To: Mrs. Don-o

I knew you had a spine, as well as a hull.


22 posted on 08/16/2008 8:42:25 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Octopuses have two legs and six arms.)
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To: rhema

just when I think they can’t get any more idiotic.

Sure...they “support” women who choose to carry to term, and then also “support” women and abortionists who would tear the little baby to shreds.

Nice bunch those liberals.
They’ll come out with this ridiculous statement, but the same folks will call parents “breeders” and try to tell them they are destroying the planet by having kids.


23 posted on 08/16/2008 8:47:37 AM PDT by Scotswife
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