Skip to comments.Abortion Leader Confirms that Democratic Platform is More Pro-Abortion than Ever
Posted on 08/15/2008 3:21:54 PM PDT by wagglebee
NEW YORK, August 15, 2008 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Pro-Abortion leader Francis Kissling has published an article acknowledging that the new Democratic Party platform favors the cause of abortion and sex education, even more so than in previous years.
Kissling notes that the new platform "derives its moral authority from 'a woman's right to choose safe and legal abortion'", unlike older ones that spoke merely of "privacy."
She is also delighted that the platform makes no mention of making abortion "rare", and for the first time mentions "sex education", which is frequently used to promote contraception, abortion, "alternative sexual lifestyles" and extra-marital sex.
"A notable omission is the Clintonian phrase 'safe, legal and rare,' replaced by a more honest and modest goal of reducing unintended pregnancy through better health care, family planning and comprehensive sex education. Sex education was not even mentioned in the old Platform," Kissling writes.
Kissling dismisses the claim recently made by some Obama supporters that the new platform has pro-life elements: "The progressive pro-life desire to see the Platform commit to reducing abortions was subtly undercut; this year, the Platform merely 'recognizes' that sex ed, family planning and good health care will have the effect of reducing the need for abortion."
"In all other areas, the Platform uses strong language of commitment: the Party 'strongly and unequivocally supports Roe' and 'strongly supports access to affordable family planning services'," she writes. "Even the Platform's support for pre and post natal care and income support for women who have children is properly framed as a right on its own and not as a means to reducing the need for abortion."
Kissling is the founder of "Catholics for a Free Choice", an organization repeatedly condemned by the Catholic Church for deceiving Catholics into believing that the pro-abortion position is compatible with their religion.
In addition to its statements about the new Democratic Party platform, the article is also notable for the clear tone of annoyance aimed at the growth of a "progressive pro-life" movement within the Democratic Party.
Kissling's article is entitled, "Progressive, Pro-Life, and Full of Yourself", which takes the rare step of acknowledging the term "pro-life" instead of the abortion movement's label of preference - "anti-choice."
"The biggest disappointment the PPers (Pro-Life Progressives) acknowledged about the Platform was that it did not moralize about abortion. But (Jim) Wallis took solace in the belief that the plank makes room for people with 'moral convictions about abortion' - as if those of us who support the right to choose have no moral conviction that undergirds our respect for choice," Kissling says.
After decades of struggling to achieve social legitimacy for abortion, Kissling and fellow pro-abortion leader Kate Michaelman published a statement earlier this year expressing their frustration at having lost the moral high ground in the debate over what they call "reproductive health" - a euphemism that includes abortion on demand - and noted that the pro-life movement is gaining ground.
"In recent years, the antiabortion movement successfully put the nitty-gritty details of abortion procedures on public display, increasing the belief that abortion is serious business and that some societal involvement is appropriate. Those who are pro-choice have not convinced America that we support a public discussion of the moral dimensions of abortion," they wrote in January of this year.
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It makes sense, Obama is the most pro-abortion politician in American history.
And without any doubt, the most MARXIST politician in American history -— at least on a publicly advertised basis. And boy, does the MSM ever shovel as much dirt as they can to “hide” that REALITY.
“pro-life desire to see the Platform commit to reducing abortions was subtly undercut”
This is a very creepy woman. These people are not Pro Choice they are Pro Abortion.
Genocide is their gig.
No such thing.
The hypocritical moronic liberal skunks platform:
Pass legislation allowing the death of newborn innocent life
Protect the antisocial, murderer rapist from the death penalty
CRUEL AND UNUSUAL PUNISHMENT they say
Who do these idiots protect? Our best interests are not being served.
The last congressional election pressed home the urgency of killing off the Democrat party to make room for a real alternative to the Republican party. As for the abortion battle, it should be fought on all fronts: the morality debate, courts, churches, everywhere. That means attack the culture that condones sex outside of wedlock and illigitimacy, makes adoption difficult. Right now, it just seems to be little more than a splinter issue that comes up every four or eight years or whenever there’s a SC confirmation battle.
“Pro-Abortion leader” How does she live with herself?
She doesn't live with herself. Satan lives with her...or inside her.
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They should make a commercial of her!
She said, that at the time, about 20% of these aborted babies were born alive. They were left in the soiled laundry room, or in cold stainless steel sinks, shivering, gasping for breath, and their skin burned from the saline solution.
Can you imagine doing that to an adult? What a painful way for these babies to spend their short life on earth! This nurse refused to leave one aborted but born alive baby and rocked him for 45 minutes. If she hadn't done that he would have spent 45 minutes shivering next to the soiled laundry before taking his last gasping breath.
And the name of the hospital? **Christ's** Hospital? Ugh! ( I think I will be sick!)
I wish the Pope would grow a spine and do two things:
1) excommunicate the “Unrepentant Apostates for a Free Choice”.
2) excommunicate the bishops who refuse to excommunicate them, and add salt to the wound by giving them the **SACRAMENT** of Holy Communion.
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1 Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion,
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gravely opposed to the moral law when this is done with the thought of possibly inducing an abortion, depending upon the results: a diagnosis must not be the equivalent
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