The media made much ado about the Republican Party’s 2012 pro-life platform, particularly based on the inference that it doesn’t contain an abortion exception for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.
Now comes the Democratic Party’s 2012 platform — which misses the political mainstream to a far greater degree than does the GOP’s agenda. Polls consistently show that a solid majority of Americans — in the three-fourths range — want abortion either banned altogether or restricted. Meanwhile, the Democrats have proferred a platform that goes a giant leap beyond by demanding legal abortion through all nine months of a pregnancy on the taxpayer dime.
Here is the exact language from the Democrats’ platform:
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.
Jennifer Rubin summarizes the DNC’s abortion extremism thusly:
Notice the platform doesn’t bother with the part of the Bill Clinton aspiration that abortions be “rare.” Moreover, the platform explicitly opposes any (parental notification, partial-birth abortion) regulation of abortion and considers public funding of any type of abortion to be a “right.” This means the Democratic Party would favor, for example, public funding of partial-birth abortions. Now, that is extreme.
Newt Gingrich made the same point about the Democrats’ abortion extremism over the weekend. As a side benefit, watch New York Times columnist Tom Friedman’s verbal convulsions as he tries to defend the Democrats’ indefensible platform:
Americans should be thankful the platform stopped short of taxpayer-funded infanticide. If President Obama wins re-election, perhaps we can expect that when Biden runs in 2016.