Top Pro-Abortion Activists Slated to Speak at Democratic Convention Next Week

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 19, 2008   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Top Pro-Abortion Activists Slated to Speak at Democratic Convention Next Week

by Steven Ertelt Editor
August 19
, 2008

Denver, CO ( — When thousands of Democrats from across the country join together in Denver to officially nominate Barack Obama as their presidential candidate, they will hear from a host of lawmakers and elected officials. Joining those politicians will be some of the nation’s top pro-abortion activists.

The Democratic Party informed on Tuesday that leaders from prominent abortion advocacy groups will receive official time to speak from the stage at the Pepsi Center.

Organizers said Nancy Keenan, the head of NARAL, and one of the pro-abortion activists to endorse Obama prior to Hillary Clinton’s departure from the primary race, will be an official speaker on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Democratic Party will allow Cecile Richards, the president of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business, to speak from the stage.

While DNC officials have extended invitations to Keenan and Richards, they have interestingly left out Ellen Malcolm, founder of Emily’s List and the leading pro-abortion backer of Clinton’s campaign.

Malcolm has been a notable malcontent following Clinton’s exit from the Democratic campaign — making negative comments about Obama and his ability to attract women voters even after Clinton conceded the race.

Each night of the convention features a who’s who of the pro-abortion movement and leading lawmakers who strongly support abortion.

On Monday night, pro-abortion speakers include Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., former Indiana Representative Lee Hamilton, NEA President Reg Weaver and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

The night will feature a tribute to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, one of the most recognizable abortion advocates and a keynote speech from pro-abortion spouse Michelle Obama.

Tuesday night includes pro-abortion speakers such as Governor Brian Schweitzer of Montana, Governor Deval Patrick of Massachusetts, Governor Kathleen Sebelius of Kansas, Governor Janet Napolitano of Arizona, Governor Jim Doyle of Wisconsin, Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Governor Ted Strickland of Ohio, Governor David Paterson of New York, Governor Chet Culver of Iowa, Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, House Democratic Caucus Chair Rahm Emanuel, Representative Xavier Becerra of California, and Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) Chair Chris Van Hollen.

Representatives Nydia Velazquez (D-NY), Linda Sanchez (D-CA), Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), Mike Honda (D-CA), California Controller John Chiang — all abortion advocates — are also featured Tuesday night.

Wednesday’s pro-abortion speakers include: Former President Bill Clinton; former Senator Tom Daschle; Governor Bill Richardson and Senators Evan Bayh, Joe Biden, John Kerry and Jay Rockefeller; Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid; Senator Ken Salazar, House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn, and Congressman Robert Wexler.


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