The Democratic Party and Abortion: An Extreme Allegiance


WASHINGTON – A pro-abortion “who’s who” kicks off tonight’s primetime line-up at the 2008 Democratic National Convention, putting the party’s extreme abortion agenda front and center.  Anchored by Michelle Obama, and featuring NARAL president Nancy Keenan and a number of pro-abortion members of Congress including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri, the Democratic Party continues to alienate and marginalize the pro-life members of its party.

In addition to an array of pro-abortion advocates and politicians who will appear during the four-day convention, the party’s proposed platform, which was presented to delegates today, states, in part, that the party “strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade…and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.”  Gone are former references of the Democratic Party’s desire to see abortion as “rare.”

So pro-abortion is the party’s platform, that the Democratic Party felt a need to go out of its way to state that the party “also strongly supports a woman’s decision to have a child….”

More than forty percent of Democrats oppose the vast majority of the nearly 1.3 million abortions performed annually in the United States.  A poll conducted in June by the Polling Company found that 42% of those who identified themselves as Democrats (as well as a 54% majority among all respondents) oppose all abortions; oppose abortion except to save the life of the mother; or oppose abortion except to save the life or the mother or in cases of rape or incest.

“Once again, the pro-abortion leadership of the Democratic Party demonstrates an allegiance with the extreme pro-abortion lobby and continues to show that it is out of step with a large number of its own membership and out of step with the majority of the American people,” said National Right to Life political director Karen Cross.  “Pro-life Americans can plainly see the pro-abortion agenda being promoted this week in Denver.”

Two weeks ago, National Right to Life exposed the extreme pro-abortion nature of the Democrat’s presidential nominee, Senator Barack Obama, when it released documents from the Illinois State Senate showing that then-state Sen. Obama voted against the Illinois Born-Alive Infants Protection Act – even when it was made virtually identical to a federal measure that became law in 2002 – and then misrepresented his opposition in subsequent years.  More information about the Obama cover-up, including the relevant documents can be found at: www.nrlc.org/ObamaBAIPA/Obamacoveruponbornalive.htm.

The National Right to Life Committee is the nation’s largest pro-life group with affiliates in all 50 states and over 3,000 local chapters nationwide.  National Right to Life works through legislation and education to protect those threatened by abortion, infanticide, euthanasia and assisted suicide.