A growing number of Democratic leaders are publicly condemning their party’s new pro-abortion platform that calls for taxpayer-funded abortions.
Michael Wear, who was the director of faith outreach for Obama during his 2012 presidential campaign, is the latest to make a public statement opposing the new platform language.
“It’s morally reprehensible,” Wear told the Catholic News Agency. The party, which once welcomed pro-life Democrats, now is refusing to “re-open the big tent” to those who defend unborn life, Wear added.
The proposed Democratic Party platform this year is more extreme than it has ever been, supporting a repeal of the Hyde Amendment and direct taxpayer funding of abortion. The Democratic Party platform already supports legalized abortion on demand for any reason up until birth.
Democratic U.S. Sens. Bob Casey Jr. from Pennsylvania and Joe Manchin from West Virginia also spoke out against the radical new platform. Manchin called the push for taxpayer-funded abortions “crazy”, and Casey slammed the party for pushing taxpayer funded abortions on Americans when most oppose them.
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Polls consistently show that most Americans do not want their tax dollars to pay for abortions. A new Marist poll released Monday found that a strong majority of Americans (62 percent) oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, including 45 percent who identify as pro-choice and 44 percent of Democrats.
Even Hillary Clinton’s vice presidential running mate, Tim Kaine, seemed hesitant to support the new push for taxpayer funding of abortion at first. However, in the past few days, Kaine has flip-flopped on his position and now says that he will not stand in the way of the party’s radical new abortion agenda.
Ending the Hyde Amendment and forcing direct taxpayer funding of abortion has become the pro-abortion movement’s No. 1 goal. Abortion activists have a promise from Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to help push the agenda, and liberal media outlets are falling in line, too.
The Hyde Amendment prohibits direct taxpayer funding of most abortions and has done so since the late 1970s. Upheld by the Supreme Court, the amendment is now a target of abortion advocates who have moved from pro-choice to pro-abortion — forcing Americans not only to accept unlimited abortions before birth but also to pay for them.
While abortion businesses like Planned Parenthood do receive some taxpayer funding, they are not supposed to use the money for abortions. If Hyde was repealed, that would change, and abortion businesses could freely and openly receive tax dollars for abortions.
The Democratic Party platform on abortion is a stark contrast to the Republican Party’s stance on the issue. The Republican Party platform recognizes “that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
The Republican Party supports a human life amendment to the Constitution, recognizing unborn babies as human beings with equal rights under the Fourteenth Amendment. It also opposes taxpayer funding for abortions and groups that do abortions. Read the full pro-life platform here.