Democrats Adopt Platform Proposing to Force Americans to Pay for Others’ Abortions

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PHILADELPHIA — Democrats adopted on Monday a party platform that calls for forcing Americans to pay for the abortions of others by repealing the federal Hyde Amendment.

As previously reported, the platform, which was released on July 1 and covers a variety of issues from social security to gun violence prevention to terrorism, also expresses the party’s support for repealing the Global Gag Rule and the Helms Amendment, which ban U.S. capital from being used to fund overseas abortions.

“Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion—regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured,” it reads.

In addition to expressing support for Planned Parenthood, the platform also calls for the repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funds from being used for abortions.

“We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment,” it says.

“No funds authorized or appropriated by federal law, and none of the funds in any trust fund to which funds are authorized or appropriated by federal law, shall be expended for any abortion,” the 1976 law reads.

Some had expressed concern over the wording of the party platform, including Kristen Day of Democrats for Life, who said that the text is not representative of Democrats who oppose abortion.

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“This platform’s language just says [to us] you are no longer welcome,” she told USA Today. “This has been the general message pro-life Democrats are receiving across the country.”

“They are pro-choice because they don’t want to be infringing their opinion on others,” retired school teacher Carol Crossed also told the outlet. “Now their platform says if you don’t like abortions, too bad. You are going to pay for it anyway.”

Sen. Bob Casey, a Democrat who identifies as pro-life, wrote a letter to the platform committee to outline his disagreement.

“[M]any Americans remain morally opposed to abortion, and do not wish to see their tax dollars go to pay for abortion,” he wrote.

On Tuesday, spokespersons for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton stated that running mate Tim Kaine, a Roman Catholic who personally opposes abortion but believes women should have the “right to choose,” has advised that he will support the repeal of the Hyde Amendment.

“It aligns the Virginia senator with Clinton and other reproductive-rights advocates, who argue that the decades-old Hyde Amendment, which primarily affects Medicaid, is an impediment for low-income women seeking abortions,” Bloomberg reported.

Just last month, Kaine told the Weekly Standard when asked about the wording, “I have traditionally been a supporter of the Hyde amendment, but I’ll check it out.”

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  • Oboehner

    Let those old hag spinsters pay for it, leave me out of it.

  • StanW ??

    If the pro-aborts can demand that I stay out of their personal decisions, then they can stay out of my wallet.

  • Stephen W.

    While the DNC platform is the most progressive in history, the RNC platform is certainly the most fascist.

    • JS

      Makes me wonder if you even know what fascist means? We have a extreme fascist in office right now and another one that want to be in office in form of Hillary Clinton. Obama is ruling by dictation, he is by passing judcial, and congressional laswmakers.

    • TheBottomline4This

      You sure have a lot of insight into things, don’t ya Theo???

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Abortion is murder and should never be supported by the people. Baby-killing entities will be wiped out by childlessness as the Holy Bible says. There is nothing more important than the life of children on earth.

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Warnings on all Anti-christians including the baby-killing American Democrats: “Come out of her, my people, so that you will not share in her sins, so that you will not receive any of her plagues; for her sins are piled up to heaven, and God has remembered her crimes. Give back to her as she has given; pay her back double for what she has done. Pour her a double portion from her own cup. Give her as much torment and grief as the glory and luxury she gave herself. In her heart she boasts, ‘I sit enthroned as queen. I am not a widow; I will never mourn.’ Therefore in one day her plagues will overtake her: death, mourning and famine. She will be consumed by fire, for mighty is the Lord God who judges her.” (Revelation ch.18)

    • Theophile

      Hi Grace!

      Great to see You posting on Disqus. Your CPFriend GEA.

      • Grace Kim Kwon

        Hello, good to see you again, too. Here, Anti-christians heavily bully the Christian commentors, too. Let us do something, anything, to keep religious liberty in the land.

  • The Skeptical Chymist

    There is nothing new about the government forcing its citizens to pay for its immoral acts. When the government stops forcing me to pay for things like W’s invasion of Iraq, I’ll agree with you that they shouldn’t force you to contribute towards a woman’s abortion.