Pro-Life Democrats to Counter Democrats’ Pro-Abortion Convention
by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 8/24/12 4:22 PM
After having been thrown to the curb by the Democratic Party and its refusal to acknowledge them in their party platform, pro-life Democrats are planning to hold their own event at the convention in Charlotte.
Former Rep. Bart Stupak, a Michigan Democrat, will be featured at a Democrats for Life of America event on Tuesday, September 4 to, as the group tells LifeNews, “showcase pro-life Democratic leaders in the political, academic, and religious fields who have spent years standing up for pro-life values and continue to fight for life today.”
The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza Charlotte and features Stupak along with former Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper of Pennsylvania, Tom Berg of St. Thomas Law School and Steve Schneck, policy analyst at Catholic University of America. Stupak and Dahlkemper faced opposition from pro-life groups upset that they covered up abortion funding in Obamacare.
Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America said the effort was made necessary because the 2012 Democratic platform totally shut-out pro-life viewpoints.
“The draft platform released [by the platform committee] is greatly weakened by its failure to recognize the party’s pro-life constituency,” Day said.
“If you remember back to 1992, when (then Pennsylvania) Gov. Bob Casey was prevented from speaking and that following convention in ’96, Tony Hall and a group of other pro-life Democrats led an effort to add some language to the Democratic platform that said we’re the Big Tent and we see there is a difference of opinions on abortion and we think we should include everybody in our Big Tent, and we see diversity as a source of strength,” Day told CNSNews.com Thursday.
“That language was in 2000, as well. And for some reason it was taken out in 2004. And it was not in the 2008 platform. So we thought that that language was really important to extend a hand out to the roughly one-third of Democrats who are pro-life.”
The Democratic Party has already turned back efforts by pro-life Democrats to moderate its pro-abortion position and add any language to its platform showing it welcomes Democrats who oppose abortion. As LifeNews has reported, the Democratic National Committee has officially rejected an effort by pro-life Democrats to get the party to include them in its platform that calls for keeping unlimited abortions legal and paid for at taxpayer expense.
The president of the nation’s biggest abortion business will be a featured speaker at the Democratic convention that will be held in September to nomination pro-abortion President Barack Obama for another four-year term.
In 2008, the Democratic National Committee allowed Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business which Obama has funded despite its coverup of child rape, to speak from the stage. Nancy Keenan, the head of NARAL, and one of the pro-abortion activists to endorse Obama early in the 2008 election, spoke as well.
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Both will be back this time around and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown student who has been a surrogate for Obama promoting the pro-abortion HHS mandate, will speak as well.
The speakers list released this morning by the Democratic National Committee includes U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin; Former assistant secretary, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth; Denise Juneau, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Montana; Caroline Kennedy; Lilly Ledbetter; actress Eva Longoria; U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski, Maryland.; California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris, and Massachusetts U.S. Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren. All of them are strong abortion proponents.
Democrats are also coming under fire from within its own ranks for not offering child care during the convention. On the other hand, the Republican Party platform is strongly pro-life.