Less than a week after the conclusion of the Republican National Convention, the Democratic National Convention rolled up with its own share of political drama. While it is easy to get distracted by these exciting developments, it is important for us in the pro-life movement to also keep an eye on the policy platforms of both major political parties.
A closer look at the platform of the Democratic National Convention will unveil the party leadership’s hardline stance against unborn life. As we have highlighted recently, this platform is the most pro-abortion platform in the history of the Democratic Party.
From the Democratic National Committee’s 2016 platform:
“Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion…”
Hillary Clinton, in her acceptance address at the Democratic National Convention endorsed this party platform by saying, “We wrote it together – now let’s go out there and make it happen together.”
Something important to note in this platform – the omission of the word “rare” from the phrase “safe, legal and rare abortions.” In 2008, Hillary Clinton frequently stated that abortions should be “safe, legal and rare.” On more than one occasion, Clinton would go on to emphasize, “and by rare, I mean rare.” Quite interestingly, both Clinton and her party have completely omitted their “rare” qualifier for abortions. It seems there is just too much money to be made for those willing to perform the gruesome procedure to support abortion only in “rare” occasions and Planned Parenthood stays financially involved and supportive of candidates who support it.
The Democrats’ staunch pro-abortion stance was further reinforced when they gave Planned Parenthood President, Cecile Richards a prime-time speaking slot at their convention. Yes, Planned Parenthood is the same organization that has been in the news lately for selling body parts of dead babies and who receive over $500,000 of your federal tax money annually to support their money-making business.
The Democratic Party’s harsh and extreme stance against life has only served to alienate millions of its own pro-life members. According to Kristen Day, Executive Director of Democrats for Life, “The Democratic Party’s abortion stances have already caused many to leave the party, and many more will drop out because of the platform wording…Abortion is also among the reasons Democrats lost their majority in the House of Representatives. In the key states of Ohio and Pennsylvania, for example, Democrats held the majority of seats until Republicans were able to associate the Affordable Care Act with “the largest expansion of abortion since Roe v. Wade.”
Growing a pro-life culture in Georgia requires the presence of strong pro-life leaders in both our major parties. We at the Georgia Life Alliance are grieved by the Democratic Party’s staunch pro-abortion stance. We encourage pro-life Democrats to stand up to their party’s divisive leadership on the issue of Life!
For the Georgia Life Alliance article about the Pro-life Platform adopted at the National Republican Convention, CLICK HERE.
For more about the Democrat National Platform on abortion, see this posting from NRL News.
Georgia Life Alliance has been the Georgia Affiliate of National Right to Life since 2014.
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