Pro-life Democrats will continue their efforts to get the party to ease up on its abortion-at-any-cost plank that has been a prominent part of its platform for many years. As reported by LifeNews.com, officials with the Democratic National Committee rejected efforts by a group calling itself Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) to persuade the party to consider a less aggressive stance on the issue. “Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats For Life of America, says the platform panel refuses to acknowledge any difference of opinion on abortion within the Democratic Party,” reported the pro-life news site.
“For the good of the Democratic Party, we will continue to advocate that the platform language should reflect the true diversity of views within the Democratic Party,” said Kristen Day (pictured, above right), executive director of the DFLA. “Our message is simple: If you are pro-life and a Democrat, you can make a difference, thus the case for recognition. Inclusion can make a critical difference in this fall’s election.”
Day said that if the Democratic Party hopes to broaden its appeal to a majority of Americans “we must recognize the contributions of pro-life Democrats within our party and the diverse position of Democrats on the issue of abortion.” She claimed that nearly a third of Democrats identify themselves as pro-life, and in the 2008 election some 25 percent of Obama supporters said they were pro-life.
“These numbers are not trivial,” the DFLA said in a press release. “They exceed many prominent and well-represented constituencies in the party. Electoral success for the party nationwide will depend on the enthusiasm of all Democrats, including pro-life Democrats.”
The DFLA cited abundant statistics from a 2011 Gallup poll demonstrating the need for the Democratic Party to acknowledge that many of its members hold pro-life views. The survey confirmed, for example, that:
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