Friday, August 15, 2008

Fidelis on "Platform Honesty"

Brian Burch writes at Fidelis:
Are the Democrats now pro-life? Seems this is the question of the week. Noted pro-abortion NY Times columnist Judith Warner sums up this weeks Dem platform edits:
There is nothing new in the Democratic position. The abortion plank’s first sentence, “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,” is, arguably, the most powerful statement in favor of abortion rights that the party has ever made. [emphasis Brian's]

If there is any sort of olive branch on offer to the anti-abortion community right now, it seems to me to consist chiefly of this week’s spin campaign, which gave cover to evangelicals and Catholics who have come out as pro-Obama (or as willing to talk to Obama) and now may well need to save face.
In discussions this week with pro-life leaders, not a single person has interpreted the new language as encouraging. In fact, just the opposite. By focusing on new language pledging to help women in need, the discussion avoided the real substantive changes - namely the “strongly and unequivocally” adverbs, along with the pledge that the party “will oppose any and all efforts to undermine” the right to destroy the lives of women and their unborn children.

My Comments:
Yet another indication that Prof. Kmiec is trying to blow smoke up our collective hindquarters.

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Doug Kmiec Claims Democrats Making "Steps Toward Honoring Life" in Platform [UPDATED]

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