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 LifeNews.com 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.