This week, the Democratic party took its abortion ideology another step further. According to the newly released party platform, “The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.”
John McCormack at The Weekly Standard writes:
That last part–“regardless of ability to pay”–is an endorsement of taxpayer-funded abortions, a policy that President Obama has personally endorsed. Obama wants Medicaid to pay directly for elective abortions, and Obamacare will allow beneficiaries to use federal subsidies to purchase health care plans that cover elective abortions. According to a 2009 Quinnipiac poll, 72 percent of voters oppose public funding of abortion and 23 percent support it. In other words, public funding of abortion–a policy President Obama actively supports–is as unpopular as banning abortion in the case of rape, a policy on which the media have focused their attention over the past two weeks despite the fact that neither presidential candidate supports it.
This is consistent with other actions we’ve seen this administration take. A majority of Americans also oppose Obama’s health care legislation. Not that this fact gave the legislation’s proponents pause. But this is all consistent with the party of leviathan, nanny-state government. As Chris Wallace pointed out after praising the technical merits of Michelle Obama’s speech at the Democratic National Convention, there was a clear message:
“I’ve got to say, listening closely to the speech one of the things that struck me was it was all about government,” Wallace said Tuesday night during Fox News’ coverage of the DNC. “When she talked at the beginning about the people who exemplify the best of the American spirit, she talked about teachers and first responders and the military, all very admirable professions, but all government.”
He continued: “When she talked about ways to build the middle class, it was all about the auto bailout and student loans and health care reform, once again, all government programs…That was a subtle subtext to the entire speech.”
As Tom Crowe wrote about this morning, the promotion of choice — unless its one they’ve decided you shouldn’t be allowed to have — is just par-for-the-course cognitive dissonance for the party. To that end, Reason.tv headed out to the Democratic National Convention to ask attendees some questions about just how far their philosophy of choice extends. The results are predictably entertaining. Like watching a really uncomfortable game of Twister.
Even Jon Stewart lampooned Democrats this week for their message of “tolerance” while they found no shortage of epithets to use against anyone who disagrees with them. I struggle to understand how so many people in this country can try so hard to embrace utterly contradictory philosophies about freedom, virtuous action, and the role of government as an enforcer of good behavior. Forget school choice, nutritional choice, environmental choice, consumer choice, labor choice, etc. But if you want to have an abortion, by all means, proceed. And as McCormick points out, the Democratic party has moved to a position that favors unrestricted abortions on demand. The language of the platform indicates they have become complete non-interventionists on the issue:
The 2012 Democratic party also endorses an unrestricted right to abortion-on-demand. According to the platform, on the issue of abortion “there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way.” In 2003, Obama was asked if he was pro-choice on abortion “in all situations including the late-term thing.” Obama replied: “I’m pro-choice.”
In 1992, then-Democratic presidential candidate Bill Clinton tried to soften the party’s image on abortion by expressing his desire to make abortion “safe, legal, and rare.” Although the Democratic party platforms in 2000 and 2004 stated the party’s goal is to make abortion “rare,” the 2012 platform makes no such claim. “In 2000, the Democratic platform said the party’s goal was ‘to make abortion less necessary and more rare,'” Jeff Jacoby wrote in the Boston Globe last week. “The 2004 platform declared, ‘Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.’ But even calling for abortion to be ‘rare’ is now too much for the Democrats’ platform committee, which deleted the word in 2008.” The word “rare” did not make a comeback in 2012.
This, brought to you by the party whose delegates actually booed the amendment to the platform that reinstated language recognizing God’s role in the lives of America’s people. These are the times we live in. Good thing we have 6300% more bread and circuses to distract us.