Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Abortion Leader Confirms that Democratic Platform is More Pro-Abortion than Ever
LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/15/08 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman

Posted on 08/15/2008 3:21:54 PM PDT by wagglebee

NEW YORK, August 15, 2008 ( - Pro-Abortion leader Francis Kissling has published an article acknowledging that the new Democratic Party platform favors the cause of abortion and sex education, even more so than in previous years.

Kissling notes that the new platform "derives its moral authority from 'a woman's right to choose safe and legal abortion'", unlike older ones that spoke merely of "privacy."

She is also delighted that the platform makes no mention of making abortion "rare", and for the first time mentions "sex education", which is frequently used to promote contraception, abortion, "alternative sexual lifestyles" and extra-marital sex.

"A notable omission is the Clintonian phrase 'safe, legal and rare,' replaced by a more honest and modest goal of reducing unintended pregnancy through better health care, family planning and comprehensive sex education. Sex education was not even mentioned in the old Platform," Kissling writes.

Kissling dismisses the claim recently made by some Obama supporters that the new platform has pro-life elements: "The progressive pro-life desire to see the Platform commit to reducing abortions was subtly undercut; this year, the Platform merely 'recognizes' that sex ed, family planning and good health care will have the effect of reducing the need for abortion."

"In all other areas, the Platform uses strong language of commitment: the Party 'strongly and unequivocally supports Roe' and 'strongly supports access to affordable family planning services'," she writes. "Even the Platform's support for pre and post natal care and income support for women who have children is properly framed as a right on its own and not as a means to reducing the need for abortion."

Kissling is the founder of "Catholics for a Free Choice", an organization repeatedly condemned by the Catholic Church for deceiving Catholics into believing that the pro-abortion position is compatible with their religion.

In addition to its statements about the new Democratic Party platform, the article is also notable for the clear tone of annoyance aimed at the growth of a "progressive pro-life" movement within the Democratic Party.

Kissling's article is entitled, "Progressive, Pro-Life, and Full of Yourself", which takes the rare step of acknowledging the term "pro-life" instead of the abortion movement's label of preference - "anti-choice."

"The biggest disappointment the PPers (Pro-Life Progressives) acknowledged about the Platform was that it did not moralize about abortion. But (Jim) Wallis took solace in the belief that the plank makes room for people with 'moral convictions about abortion' - as if those of us who support the right to choose have no moral conviction that undergirds our respect for choice," Kissling says.

After decades of struggling to achieve social legitimacy for abortion, Kissling and fellow pro-abortion leader Kate Michaelman published a statement earlier this year expressing their frustration at having lost the moral high ground in the debate over what they call "reproductive health" - a euphemism that includes abortion on demand - and noted that the pro-life movement is gaining ground.

"In recent years, the antiabortion movement successfully put the nitty-gritty details of abortion procedures on public display, increasing the belief that abortion is serious business and that some societal involvement is appropriate. Those who are pro-choice have not convinced America that we support a public discussion of the moral dimensions of abortion," they wrote in January of this year.

Related Links:

Progressive, Pro-Life and Full of Yourself

Abortion's Battle of Messages,0,...

Previous LifeSiteNews Coverage:

Abortion Leaders Admit that Pro-Life Arguments are Convincing

Abortionists Admit Humanity of Unborn; Now Claiming Right to Feel Good About Killing

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008dncconvention; abortion; democrats; dncplatform; election; electionpresident; elections; moralabsolutes; obama; proaborts; prolife; soetoro
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-27 last
To: Salvation
I am willing to bet the farm that **many** of these self-excommunicated CINOs are in line for Communion and their parish priest **know** of their political activity and they still give them communion. I bet some of them are politically powerful enough that their bishops know them personally.

“Self-excommunication” with a nod,nod, wink, wink from the bishops who will not formally excommunicate them must be very demoralizing to the others.

21 posted on 08/15/2008 9:04:47 PM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are NOT stupid)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 19 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee
Pinged from Terri Dailies


22 posted on 08/16/2008 3:52:18 AM PDT by 8mmMauser (Jezu ufam tobie...Jesus I trust in Thee)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee

How could the rat NOT be MORE pro abortion with a guy to the left of boxer shorts on abortion?

23 posted on 08/16/2008 4:41:08 AM PDT by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: wintertime
The excommunication that Bishop Bruskewitz announced covered not only to Call to Action, but also to members of Catholics for a Free Choice, Planned Parenthood, the Hemlock Society, the Freemasons, and the Society of St. Pius X.
24 posted on 08/16/2008 5:07:00 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: A.A. Cunningham

Good for him. What about the rest of them?

25 posted on 08/16/2008 5:57:15 AM PDT by wintertime (Good ideas win! Why? Because people are NOT stupid)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 24 | View Replies]

To: wintertime
It was Jill Stanek who Hannity interviewed, she is an amazing woman and has been warning pro-lifers about Obama for a long time.
Jill Stanek: Botch an abortion? Obama would let baby die
Obama denies protection for infants of botched abortions [Jill Stanek rebuts Obama obfuscations]
Jill Stanek: Obama's biggest lie about supporting infanticide
Jill Stanek: Obama and the sex life of 12 year olds

Jill Stanek: When Obama chose his church over his state

26 posted on 08/16/2008 9:53:09 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 17 | View Replies]

To: wagglebee; informavoracious; larose; RJR_fan; Prospero; Conservative Vermont Vet; ...

Freep-mail me to get on or off my pro-life and Catholic List:

Add me / Remove me

Please ping me to note-worthy Pro-Life or Catholic threads, or other threads of interest.

27 posted on 08/16/2008 11:21:06 AM PDT by narses (...the spirit of Trent is abroad once more.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first previous 1-2021-27 last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794 is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson