Democratic Platform for Unlimited Tax-Funded Abortions Won’t Make Them Rare

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 12, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Democratic Platform for Unlimited Tax-Funded Abortions Won’t Make Them Rare

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 12
, 2008

Washington, DC ( — The strong opposition to the proposed Democratic Party platform on abortion continues as columnists and pro-life groups chime in. Attorney David Limbaugh has a new nationally syndicated column saying the pro-abortion platform makes hypocritical claims that abortion should be made "rare."

As initially reported last week, the platform backs unlimited abortions paid for at taxpayer expense but also tries to moderate the party’s image with support for childbirth and birth control.

"The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right," the proposal says on page 50.

Given the language in the proposal, which party activists will approve at their convention later this month, Limbaugh wonders: "Isn’t it time the party quit this charade that it wants to make abortion ‘rare?’"

He also blasts the party for removing the conscience clause contained in the 1996 and 2000 platforms that the pro-life group Democrats for Life promoted to call for including pro-life Democrats.

The conscience clause "at least paid lip service to tempering the platform’s express support of" abortion by saying, "The "Democratic Party is a party of inclusion. We respect the individual conscience of each American on this difficult issue, and we welcome all our members to participate at every level of our party."

"But the party ended all pretense of inclusion in 2004 by replacing the conscience clause with a statement that Democrats ‘stand firmly against Republican efforts to undermine’ abortion," he explained.

The party removed the word Republican but Limbaugh says that makes it even more difficult for pro-life Democrats to mitigate the party’s long-time pro-abortion position because they are now essentially included, along with Republicans, as opponents because they also oppose abortion.

"This party has the temerity to pretend it is inclusive and wants to reduce abortions yet bans any dissent on the issue! It doesn’t even want pro-life people in the party — unless they stay in the closet," he writes.

And with the language "regardless of ability to pay," they’ve made clear their support for taxpayer-funded abortions, Limbaugh adds.

Ultimately, Limbaugh says the party’s emphatic pro-abortion position makes sense because that’s where its presidential candidate Barack Obama stands.

"How can we reasonably expect a party, whose platform is supposed to mirror the agenda of its presidential candidate, to adopt anything but a ‘strong and unequivocal’ statement promoting abortion when that candidate, in a moment of spontaneous candor, said that if his daughters made a ‘mistake’ he wouldn’t ‘want them punished with a baby?’"


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