By Onan Coca and Jeff Dunetz
The abortion plank in the 2016 Democratic platform calls for the repeal of the Hyde and Helms amendments, effectively marginalizing the voices millions of pro-life Democrats. These amendments prevent federal taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions. Thus if Hillary Clinton gets her way, those who believe that abortion is taking a human life will be force to contribute to the mass-murder.
As described by the Democratic Party:
The platform also vows to oppose, and seek to overturn, all federal and state laws that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment. It also strongly supports the repeal of harmful restrictions that obstruct women’s access to healthcare around the world, including the Global Gag Rule and the Helms Amendment, which bars US assistance to other countries that provide safe, legal, abortion.
This platform “is out-of-step with the American people, 62 percent of whom oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, including 45 percent of pro-choice Americans and 44 percent of Democrats, according to a new Marist poll.”
USA Today published an interesting op-ed on abortion recently. The piece voiced concerns from both sides of the aisle about the Democrat Party’s trajectory on the abortion issue.
The piece was penned by conservative Christian leader, Russell D. Moore, who is the chief ethicist at the Southern Baptist Convention, and Michael Wear who is a long-time Democrat operative that has spent years working in the Obama White House. The two men have wildly different ideas about the best way to run our nation and to lead our people, but on the issue of abortion they’ve found common ground and are both calling the Democrat Party to turn back from it’s extreme pro-abortion platform.
The op-ed they’ve written focuses in on the recent decision by the DNC to oppose the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits the use of federal tax dollars for funding abortions. While the Democrats have long bristled at Republican attempts to restrain government funding of abortion, they’ve also mostly voiced support for the Hyde Amendment… that ostensible support is gone now. This turn in the Democrat Party’s stance against pro-life America has both men, one a conservative the other a staunch liberal, very worried.
Here’s some of what they had to say:
Such a call would mean repudiation not only of Americans who are conscientiously pro-life, but also of those who are pro-choice and still morally conflicted about abortion. That would include those who would agree with Vice President Biden, who said in the 2012 vice presidential debate, “Life begins at conception. That’s the church’s judgment. I accept it in my personal life. But I refuse to impose it on equally devout Christians and Muslims and Jews.”
As taxpayers, our money goes toward all kinds of things we do not personally support. It is part of living in a pluralistic society. Even so, for 40 years, our government and our people have decided to respect abortion as a unique moral issue. The Democrats should reverse course and remove opposition to Hyde from their platform. Wherever you stand on abortion, forcing people to pay for it can’t be good for Democrats, or for democracy.
In other words, the progressive society led by the the Democrats is looking to control the conscience of all Americans. Their goal is to make all Americans pay for abortion on demand whether or not they believe that killing babies and slicing them up to sell their parts is murder, or another aspect of women’s health.
The Democrats have been led by men and women who are virulently pro-abortion for the last two decades – Nancy Pelosi, Hillary Clinton, Barbara Boxer, and Harry Reid, and hypocrites like Joe Biden who says he believes life begins at conception but is also pro-Abortion. He calls it “a woman’s right to choose.” Well with that logic I could go on a killing spree and present the defense, I have a right to chose.
People like Biden argue that while they are personally opposed (because of religious beliefs), they feel that it is wrong to force a woman to not kill her child. But it’s not just religion that tells us abortion is wrong. Science has proven that the unborn child is a wholly separate, living, feeling, thinking human being long before it is ever actually born. So, the Democrat argument today essentially defends murder for convenience. Even worse … they people are all abortion extremists. They believe that abortion should be legally protected right up until the moment the child fully emerges from the women’s body.
On a personal note: I used to be pro-abortion. Approximately twenty-seven years ago, during one of many sonograms, I saw my unborn daughter sucking her thumb and moving around without stop. Interestingly in the womb my daughter was most active at 6:30 PM.
When my daughter was born she looked like a clearer version of what was seen in the sonogram, her thumb was practically glued to her mouth, she rarely stopped moving, and for some reason she was most active at 6:30 PM.
That’s how I became convinced that the little girl seen in the womb was just as much a living human being as the baby who was born months later. Note: when that little girl became a teenager she stopped being human but that is a different story.
It is great that Moore and Wear spoke out, but they are only two voices in a Democratic Party bent on destroying defenseless unborn babies, and making the American taxpayer foot the bill. If Hillary wins the election not only will taxpayers fund abortions, but she will appoint 1-4 new Supreme Court Justices who will back her up with rulings that’ll lock thing in for the next century.