Pro-Abortion Democrats Won’t Offer Child Care During Convention

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Aug 21, 2012   |   12:51PM   |   Washington, DC

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.

Now the Democratic national Committee is coming under fire from within its own ranks for not offering child care during the convention. As the Washington Times reports:

Mothers are vexed with the Democratic Party for its plan to “credential” infants at the Democratic National Convention next month in Charlotte, N.C., not to mention the lack of child care at the event. National Organization for Women chapters in Southern California — we’re talking Hollywood, Long Beach-South Bay, Pacific Shores and Palm Springs — have denounced what they deem discrimination, and a betrayal of sorts.

“When the Democratic Party refuses to provide child care at the convention and denies automatic access for young children to join their moms who serve as delegates on the convention floor, an entire group of women are disenfranchised,” says Susie Shannon, a convention delegate and mother. “Moms with young children 6 years of age and under who cannot be left at home, some of whom are breast-feeding, are relegated to second-class status within the Democratic convention.”

There’s an “insurmountable barrier for mothers,” says Lindsey Horvath, president of Hollywood NOW. “The DNC requires children and babies to have a credential to enter the convention, and then denies these credential requests from moms. The DNC credentialing process is being used as a tool to prevent mothers from participating at the convention and is nothing short of discriminatory.”

As LifeNews has reported, the Democratic National Committee has officially rejected an effort by pro-life Democratsto get the party to include them in its platform that calls for keeping unlimited abortions legal and paid for at taxpayer expense.

Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America, says the platform panel refuses to acknowledge any difference of opinion on abortion within the Democratic Party.



“For the good of the Democratic Party, we will continue to advocate that the platform language should reflect the true diversity of views within the Democratic Party,” said Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats For Life of America. “Our message is simple: If you are pro-life and a Democrat, you can make a difference, thus the case for recognition. Inclusion can make a critical difference in this fall’s election.”

“If we are going to increase our members and win the majority, we must recognize the contributions of pro-life Democrats within our party and the diverse position of Democrats on the issue of abortion,” said Day.

According to Day, almost one-third of all Democrats self-identify as pro-life.  In the 2008 Election, about one-quarter of Obama’s supporters self-identified as pro-life.

On the other hand, Republicans have drafted and given initial approval to a strongly pro-life platform.