Democrats for Life urge DNC to change party platform on abortion
More than 100 Democrats affiliated with the anti-abortion group Democrats for Life signed a letter urging the party to change its stance on abortion in this year’s platform.
Signatories include Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, Rep. Collin petersonCollin Clark Peterson Progressives Struggle for Influence Amid a Growing Majority Six Ways to Visualize a Divided America On the Trail: The Political Losers of 2020 MORE (Minn.) And Rep. Dan Lipinski (Illinois), who lost his March primary to a progressive. Fifty-six state lawmakers also signed the letter to the Democratic National Committee’s Platform Committee.
The letter urges the Democratic Party to adopt the abortion language of its 2000 platform, which recognized differences of opinion on abortion as a “source of strength” and welcomed Americans from all positions on it. ‘abortion.
The letter argues that the party’s adherence to abortion rights will alienate voters, especially in battlefield states.
“We shouldn’t cede large swathes of the United States to the Republican Party,” the letter read. “In the United States, pro-life Democrats have been a vital part of the coalition to expand voting rights, improve health care and push through criminal justice reform. These achievements would not have been possible if the Democratic Party had implemented a litmus test on abortion. “
The Democratic Platform 2020, which was released last month and will be voted on and officially approved by members of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) at next week’s virtual convention, unequivocally supports abortion rights.
“Like the majority of Americans, Democrats believe that every woman should be able to access high-quality reproductive health services, including safe and legal abortion,” says the platform project.
In the draft, Democrats also pledge to restore federal funding for Planned Parenthood, opposing state laws that limit abortion rights, repealing the Hyde Amendment, which bans the use of funds federal governments to pay for abortion services, and codifying the Roe v. Wade. which provides a legal defense against abortion.
Friday’s letter, however, calls on the party to drop language supporting the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and the codification of Roe v. Wade.
“As Democrats, we are anti-Trump and enthusiastic Black Lives Matter supporters,” Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, said in a statement Friday. “Why is the dismemberment of unborn children the hill we want to die on when so much is at stake? We took this question for granted in 2016, and Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton’s Russian Roulette Joe Biden: He is set to cancel his next summit with the Putin Democrats’ debate on the form of a new January 6 inquiry. lost. We cannot redo this mistake.
The letter is unlikely to affect the party platform. Presumed Democratic presidential candidate Joe bidenJoe BidenTrump touts record and blasts Democrats back from stage Trump demands China pay “reparations” for role in coronavirus pandemic Lincoln Project co-founder: Trump’s words “will surely kill again” MORE last year, said he supported the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prevents Medicaid coverage for abortion. Biden had previously supported Hyde for several decades.
His running mate, Sen. Kamala harrisKamala Harris Black Women Seek To Build On Gains In Upcoming Central America Election: Lets Focus On Why People Are Staying Why Kamala Harris Should Push For Constructive Disruption In Central America MORE (D-Calif.), Has been a strong advocate for abortion rights. She has a 100% vote record according to NARAL Pro-Choice America, which rates members of Congress based on their votes on abortion rights issues.
A 2019 Pew Research study found that 70% of those who identify as Democrats or Skinny support the party’s position on abortion.
Language defending abortion rights has been part of every Democratic platform since the Roe v. Wade in 1973. The 1976 platform said it would be “undesirable” to overturn the court decision.
The platforms of the 1990s and 2000s aimed to make abortions “safe, legal and rare” – a phrase used by former President Clinton during his 1992 campaign. But in 2016, the party adopted more proactive language. , calling for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment and focusing on the concept of reproductive justice, or removing discrimination and barriers that disadvantage low-income women and women of color in seeking reproductive health care, including including abortions.