This is a summary of the Democrat Convention platform, prepared by our friends at the Culture of Life Foundation. For more on the Convention taking place this week in Boston, watch for the reports of Dr. Janice Crouse on behalf of Concerned Women for America Legislative Action Committee.
A platform supporting abortion, fetal stem-cell research and homosexual “families” is expected to gain the approval of delegates today at the Democratic National Convention, making it clear the party elite are devoted opponents of the culture of life. The document even calls for policies that would likely result in taxpayer-funded abortions.
The Democrats’ platform is titled “Strong at Home, Respected in the World,” and its focus is on national security and foreign relations. But the platform still addresses issues important to those concerned with life issues, and in almost every case disappoints.
Not surprisingly the platform declares the Democratic Party’s unqualified support of Roe v. Wade. In an attempt to appear moderate, the authors make what is now the pro-abortion clichthat abortion ought to be “safe, legal and rare.”
But the radical nature of their position is revealed by a suggestion that tax money ought to pay for abortions. “Because we believe in the privacy and equality of women, we stand proudly for a woman’s right to choose, consistent with Roe v. Wade, and regardless of her ability to pay.” The government would presumably bear the cost of providing abortions to those who could not afford them.
In stating its support for embryonic stem-cell research, the platform takes advantage of the recent death of former President Ronald Reagan, citing Nancy Reagan. “President Bush has rejected the calls from Nancy Reagan, Christopher Reeve and Americans across the land for assistance with embryonic stem-cell research. We will reverse his wrong-headed policy.”
The platform also accuses the President of ignoring scientific research. “The Bush administration has put ideology over science, skewing information about everything from women’s health to scientific research.” The authors of the platform do not report on the exponentially growing number of success stories associated with the use of adult stem cells, a track record not shared by embryonic stem cells.
The platform authors also rebuke President Bush’s support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and woman. Though the platform remains silent on whether or not there should be gay “marriage,” it does call for same-sex civil unions and describes such unions as “families.” “We support full inclusion of gay and lesbian families in the life of our nation and seek equal responsibilities, benefits, and protections for these families.” Polls show that a majority of Americans oppose same-sex marriage, while a recent poll shows that 95 percent of the delegates to the Democratic convention support it.
The platform’s stance on abortion is consistent with past platforms but its favorable position on homosexuality is a more recent development. The homosexual news site 365gay.com called it “the Party’s most pro-gay platform ever.” The platform also calls for legislation that would give homosexuals special status in the work force. “We will enact the bipartisan legislation barring workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.”
The four-day convention began in Boston’s FleetCenter yesterday and will end Thursday night with the official nomination for president of Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry, a pro-abortion “Catholic.” The convention’s official Web site describes the party platform as “an official statement of the Party’s position on a wide variety of issues.” A 186-member committee determined the contents of the proposed platform. To become official the delegates at the national convention have to approve it.
Copyright, 2004 — Culture of Life Foundation. Used with permission.