Wednesday, August 13, 2008

'Positive shift' claimed in Dems' abortion stance

A group of evangelical and Catholic leaders claims pro-life voters should be willing to support presidential nominee Barack Obama because there's been a "positive shift" in language on the issue of abortion in the Democratic Party platform.

A party platform typically mirrors the principles and policies of its presidential nominee. On the issue of abortion, the proposed platform does essentially that, stating that the Democratic Party:

"...strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right."

"...strongly supports access to affordable family planning services and comprehensive age-appropriate sex education which empowers people to make informed choices and live healthy lives.

We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions."

"...strongly supports a woman's decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre- and post-natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs."

Jim Wallis of Sojourners says the Democratic Platform Committee reached out to "moderate" evangelical and Catholic leaders to find "sorely needed common ground to reduce the need for abortion."

Florida mega-church pastor Joel Hunter, a registered Republican who calls himself a "conservative evangelical," says Senator Obama and the Democratic Party have taken "a historic and courageous step toward empowering women for an expanded range of choices and saving babies' lives." According to Hunter, "by supporting mothers whose will and conscience tells them to carry their babies to term," the Democrats have "broken through the narrow, traditional barrier that only focused on a women's right to choose abortion."

He continues: "They now support -- in writing and in legislation -- a woman's right to choose life, by offering her practical help in options ranging from prenatal care to healthy adoption."

Hunter contends that "cynical, partisan profiteers" will take issue with the tone of the plank. "Pro-lifers of both parties can now support Senator Obama on the basis that more lives will be saved than if they had just taken a moral stand hoping to overturn Roe v. Wade," states the Florida pastor.

Douglas Kmiec, the former dean of The Catholic University Law School and constitutional lawyer for Ronald Reagan, also praises the platform, saying it recognizes there is more than one way to discourage abortion. Kmiec supported Mitt Romney in the Republican primary, but has endorsed Obama for the general election.

Meanwhile, pro-life activists are less than thrilled with the proposed Democratic Party platform. Steven Ertelt of notes the proposed platform seeks the repeal of all state-level pro-life laws (see earlier article). He calls the reference to pre- and post-natal health care and income support nothing more than "political cover" that allows the party to say it supports childbirth and aid to pregnant women.

I find this very disturbing. They are literally trying to confuse voters and apparently Christians to vote for someone who plainly disregards human life. The man flip-flops so many times that I am getting nauseous from keeping up with him.

He is a deceiver and no amount of pressure from Catholic or Evangelical leaders will ever convince me to vote for someone who is incapable of making up his mind on any issue, cannot answer a seven-year-old child coherently, getting illegal funds, a forged birth certificate, and is worse than NARAL when it comes to murdering the unborn.

Yeah right.


Layla said...

How ugly and disturbing. A shift and change in the Dems stance or Obama's smooth talking speech can cause all this? They are all sick, just sick!

Jana B said...

Okay, I'll comment on the article at a later time, but I would like to know specifically what issues Obama is going back and forth about, what question he did not answer coherently, and what you're talking about when you mention a forged birth certificate? If these are true, I would like to know...

MInTheGap said...

Obama is the U.S. Senator with the worst record on abortion-- even voting to not save infants born alive.

And he has the chance to impact not just Executively, but Judicially as well.

Leticia said...

Layla, I agree completely. They are playing the people like a fiddle.

Jana, for one I sent an e-mail about Obama's stance on abortion, I hope I sent it to you, if not, I will re-send it.

He [Obama] ripped Hillary Clinton for months for voting to list Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. Days after Clinton conceded, Obama flipped and said he supported the definition.

• Obama vowed to meet with various heads of terror states—most notably Ahmadinejad of Iran—"without preconditions." Then, with the nomination in sight, he zigzagged: "There's no reason why we would necessarily meet with Ahmadinejad. He's not the most powerful person in Iran."

• In October, he supported NAFTA expansion. In March, campaigning in the Ohio primary, he called for a "reopening" of the trade pact's terms. This week, he called his own primary rhetoric "overheated" and said NAFTA has had a positive effect on the US economy.

• After signaling opposition to nuclear power, he told Democratic governors he's open to expanding it."

There's more, but I just don't have the time to list them all.

At a campaign stop in Elkhart, Indiana, a seven-year-old girl asked the Democrat why he wants to be President — and he told her that America has gone downhill:

His response, “America is …, uh, is no longer, uh … what it could be, what it once was. And I say to myself, I don’t want that future for my children.”

Leticia said...

MIn, long time no see!!! I have even heard some people say that he is even worse than the organization NARAL, and we all know how they feel about murdering the unborn. They were actually undecided and kept quiet about the topic with babies who survived the abortion procedure.

MInTheGap said...

That's my fault. Somehow I never got your new blog in my feed reader. All this time I thought you went silent. Then I saw a comment of yours over at Home Steeped Hope so I found you again!

As for Obama, he gets an A+ rating from NARAL and is the most pro-abortion Senator in the US Congress.

Barbara Boxer voted for the Born-Alive act, Obama voted present. That vote was 98-0.

Mustang said...

Two nights ago, Dr. Mark Levon appeared with Bill O'Reilly and claimed that Obama and Jesus of Nazareth are in complete accord on the issue of abortion on demand. I nearly choked while taking a sip of my coffee ...

Dr. Levon's statement is nothing if not beyond the pale, but so far no one is touching this one with a ten foot pole.

Go figger ...

Leticia said...

MIn, I am sorry I didn't let you know that I had changed to blogger. I really didn't have much of a choice. I had some people that spied on me, well too much to get into. Glad you found my new blog.

Mustang, I probably would have choked on my coffee. To think someone could be that ignorant over the Lord. It just boggles my mind. Talk about being blind and ignorant. Good grief!

Karen Howes said...

A "positive shift"? Are they KIDDING? Obama voted against the Born Alive Act, which aimed to protect babies that survived abortion attempts. I would literally vote for anyone other than Osama-- whoops, I mean Obama.

MInTheGap said...

Well, I'm glad that I did find you and that you're still writing for the Lord. A lot of the people that we used to write with are no longer at it-- and that's sad in a way.

As for Obama, he doesn't have it as wrapped up as he thinks he does.