By Karen Cross, National Right to Life political director
Editor’s note. This appeared on page one of the May edition of National Right to Life News. Please share this and the other stories, commentaries, and opinion pieces in this 40-page issue.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, his party’s presumptive presidential nominee, is in lockstep with the Democratic Party’s extreme position. And extreme is not an exaggeration.
Democrats finally are publicly admitting what we have known to be the truth for decades: they support all abortion – for any reason – even on healthy mothers of healthy babies, through the entire pregnancy.
Like virtually all Democrats, Biden agrees not only with abortion on demand but also with coercing taxpayers into paying for elective abortions by repealing the Hyde Amendment which he once supported. But there’s more to Biden’s support for the Abortion Lobby’s wish list.
In an overview, the New York Times said Biden supports “legislation to codify Roe v. Wade” [code for abortion on demand] and pledges “to nominate only Supreme Court justices who support abortion rights.” Biden also opposes the Mexico City policy which prevents tax funds from being given to organizations that perform abortions or lobby to change abortion laws of host countries.
In gratitude, the Abortion Industry embraces Biden. IIyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, praises Biden for “coalescing around the Party’s core values – supportfor abortion rights.”
Kelley Robinson, the executive director of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, told Newsweek, that Biden has made clear his “support for reproductive health and rights, including repealing the Hyde Amendment, as well as their support for Planned Parenthood.”
Not surprisingly, the radical pro-abortion group EMILY’s List says that being pro-choice is an “essential part of being a Democrat.”
Pro-lifers were mortified on January 22, 2019, when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed and celebrated the “Reproductive Health Act” (aka the Abortion Without Limits Until Birth and Beyond Act).
Soon afterwards, Virginia Del. Kathy Tran admitted her bill would allow abortions up through all “40 weeks.” Virginia Governor Ralph Northam followed up by saying it was acceptable for doctors to allow abortion survivors to go untreated—in other words he was advocating for passive infanticide.
Your pro-life friends and family should know that on February 25, 2019, 44 pro-abortion Democrat U.S. Senators voted to block the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act from coming to a vote. On February 28, 2020, 220 Democrat U.S. House members did the same.
It is amazing. If a child actually survives the brutal attack on her tiny body – abortionists refer to that as the “dreaded complication” – Democrats don’t even want to provide the kind of medical care to that living born child that doctors would for any other baby born at a similar gestational age.
More and more leaders in the Democratic Party are making it clear that they have no room for pro-lifers in their party. Even NBC News has said, “Democrats have nearly stamped out opposition to abortion rights in their party.”
In 2017, Tom Perez, Democratic National Committee chair, promised to support only Democratic candidates who support abortion, saying it was a “non-negotiable” position.
On March 17, pro-life Democrat Congressman Dan Lipinski lost in the primary to pro-abortion Democrat Marie Newman. He lost primarily due to his pro-life stance which he refused to renounce.
There are many other examples of how thoroughly pro-abortion the Democrat party has become.
The Democratic Attorneys General Association (DAGA) changed their policy to require their attorney general candidates to support unfettered abortion in order to have their financial support. Sadly, in March, DAGA sent a letter to HHS Secretary Alex Azar urging the DHHS to “increase access” to abortion during the pandemic, referring to abortion as “essential services.” (During the COVID-19 pandemic, in a valid exercise of state power, many Governors restricted non-essential medical services—including abortion—in order to preserve PPEs and medical services for the crisis.)
In 2016, Democrats removed the word “rare” from their platform and called for repeal of the Hyde Amendment. Last June, Joe Biden reversed his position on taxpayer funding of abortion and now supports repealing the Hyde Amendment often and loudly.
As noted above, Biden has pledged that his judicial nominees would “support the right to privacy, on which the entire notion of a woman’s right to choose is based.”
Joe Biden’s official campaign site includes the following on his list of priorities in his 2020 campaign:
- Working to codify Roe v. Wade (which means unlimited abortion on demand);
- Supporting the repeal of the Hyde Amendment (which means taxpayer funding of abortion on demand); and,
- Restoring federal funding for Planned Parenthood, including through Medicaid and Title X (which is taxpayer funding to the nation’s largest abortion provider and promoter).
See more on Joe Biden’s radical position on abortion (and life) here: https://www.nationalrighttolifenews.org/2020/04/do-you-know-joe-bidens-radical-pro-abortion-positions/
For information on President Trump’s position on abortion, click here: https://www.nrlc.org/uploads/records/trumprecord.pdf
Polling shows that approximately 64% of Democrats support limits on abortion, while only 22% support Biden and the Democrat’s extreme abortion through birth policy. [February 12-17, 2019, The Marist Poll (N=1,008, margin of error +/- 3.5%)]
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