Abortion Platforms Questioned on Both Sides of Fence
Here is something uniting both Democrats and Republicans. People are unimpressed with the official platform on abortion offered up by both parties. The Republican party has taken heat for opposing all procedures without including obvious exceptions for rape, incest and the mother’s life.
Now, Democrats are taking equal heat for supporting a woman’s “right” to abortion in almost any situation. The language they have used in their platform doesn’t make any exceptions for partial-birth abortions and late-term abortions. It also does not specify whether or not taxpayer money should be used for these procedures.
To be accurate, here is the text of their platform. As they wrote,
“The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. We strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs.”
Lila Rose, the president of the anti-abortion group LiveAction, has called the Democratic convention “abortion-palooza” in a memo on Tuesday. Many anti-abortion activities have found fault with the Democrats and their tone at the convention, and some argue that the platform leaves no room for pro-life Democrats.
As Rose wrote, “The contemporary Democratic Party has positioned itself as extremists on abortion — anywhere, for any reason — paid for by taxpayers.”
To point fingers equally in both directions, the Republican platform states,
“Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”