by Steven Ertelt
August 16, 2004
New York, NY (LifeNews.com) — Though the Democratic Party has become the natural home base for abortion advocates, Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion groups will be present at the upcoming Republican convention to make their voice heard.
In a recent interview with Newsweek, Planned Parenthood president Gloria Feldt said her group likely won’t change the GOP platform, which currently calls for a Human Life Amendment protecting the right to life of unborn children, but it won’t stop abortion advocates from doing a little networking.
"We have tried very hard the last few conventions to get some change in the Republican platform and have not been successful. Nevertheless, we will have a reception for pro-choice Republicans who are there," Feldt said.
Feldt also acknowledged that her group would have more success in rallying pro-abortion Republicans than changing the mind of President Bush, who is pro-life.
"We’re not as interested in attacking George Bush as in appealing to broad public opinion at this point. He’s not going to change his mind," Feldt told Newsweek.
"There are some groups that want to attack and we don’t see any benefit in that. We know and the American people know where George Bush stands," Feldt added.
Planned Parenthood’s New York affiliate will be hosting an "entertainment" event for abortion advocates and is also planning a smaller version of the April march that drew thousands of abortion advocates to the nation’s capital.
They will march across the Brooklyn Bridge on the Sunday before the convention.
In June, activists groups, including Planned Parenthood, accused New York City police officials of taking too long to issue protest permits to those that want to march outside of Madison Square Garden, where the convention will be held.
The list of some of the top pro-life speakers at the Republican convention includes Senate Majority Leader Bill First, a doctor from Tennessee who recently spoke in favor of President Bush’s position against taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research.
Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the sponsor of the partial-birth abortion ban Bush signed into law, will also speak as will Senator Sam Brownback, who has been the leading pro-life lawmaker fighting human cloning.
Other pro-life speakers on the new list include Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert, Senator Elizabeth Dole, Kentucky Congresswoman Anne Northup, and Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, a leading black Republican.