By Dave Andrusko
Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 6. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last five months. This first appeared July 29.
The headline over the story that appeared today written by Washington Post theatric critic Peter Marks speaks volumes:
The Democratic convention has been a slick production — and that’s a compliment.
There were plenty of ghastly goofs and questionable emphases, but on the whole Marks is correct. The Democrats, whose embrace of the darkest side of the lethal pro-abortion worldview also speaks volumes, were on their game in producing a show that camouflaged the party’s lurch to the left.
But the Democrats’ unlimited, unrestrained, and unconditional promotion of abortion on demand paid for by you and I was not hidden. It was broadcast, loudly and often, to delegates who cheered when NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Ilyse Hogue talked about her abortion (“it was the wrong time” to have a baby).
Clinton’s pitch was compare and contrast between herself and GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Okay, let’s.
Last night the most pro-abortion presidential nominee ever was more subtle—after all, the audience last night was not the militants in the hall but Americans many of whom haven’t the first clue how radical Clinton’s position is on abortion.
“If you believe we should protect a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, then join with us,” Clinton said. (No mention of the “A” word.)
But earlier she reminded her audience of the party platform: “We wrote it together – now let’s go out there and make it happen together.”
As NRL News Today has written on numerous occasions, the Democrats’ platform plank on abortion is as far from the pro-life Republican plank as the East is from the West. There is the usual anti-life verbiage but with this huge addition: “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.”
What difference did ending almost all federal subsidizing of abortion make? Testifying before a Congressional committee in 2011, NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson said, “By 1976, the federal Medicaid program was paying for about 300,000 elective abortions annually, and the number was escalating rapidly.”
Contrast Clinton with what Trump’s pro-life vice president nominee Indiana Gov. Mike Pence said yesterday while in Michigan . According to the Detroit News
“If we appoint strict constructionists to the Supreme Court as Donald Trump intends to do, I believe we will see Roe v. Wade consigned to the ash heap of history where it belongs,” Pence said during a town hall-style event at the DeltaPlex in suburban Grand Rapids.
“I couldn’t be more proud to be standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the next pro-life president of the United States of America, Donald Trump,” Pence told the crowd.
(For a comparison, see “Where do the Presidential Candidates stand on abortion?”)
Final thought. NARAL Pro-Choice America’s Ilyse Hogue proudly wrote her supporters
Tonight, we watched Hillary Clinton make history.
I’m not just talking about her being a woman, or one of the most qualified presidential candidates ever.
Hillary Clinton made history as the strongest, most unapologetic champion of reproductive rights ever nominated for president of the United States.
Other candidates have quietly supported abortion rights. Not Hillary. She put choice front and center.
Some candidates have agreed with basic finding in Roe v. Wade, but stopped short of defending the rights of poor women to access abortion.
Again, not Hillary. …
Correct, not Hillary. There never has been, isn’t, and never will be an abortion that she would prohibit. Clinton is the poster child for abortion extremism.
Which is why NARAL and Planned Parenthood and EMILY’s List desperately want her to be president.
However, I do agree with two things Mrs. Clinton said last night.
First, a “moment of reckoning” is coming.
Second, “The choice is clear.”