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Jan. 6, 2005|
Democrats Prepare Rhetorical Shift on Life Issues |
While Democrats have no plans to abandon their relentless pursuit of legislation favoring the abortion industry, it appears they are moving toward a shift in how they are perceived vis-à-vis the right to life. They know it was the "values voters" who defeated John Kerry along with many Democrat congressional candidates last November. Now they are holding meetings to figure out how they can appear more "values" oriented and more "sensitive" to the pro-life cause without, of course, actually admitting that the so-called "product of conception" is really simply a child who hasn't been born yet.
It's all about rhetoric. We can expect to see Democrats entering the spotlight talking about how parents really should be told in advance if their minor child is seeking an abortion. We're bound to see more of them championing bills that restrict the practice of abortion – but beware – the rhetoric will almost certainly carry language that makes an exception for the "health" of the mother.
People should know that the Doe v. Bolton Supreme Court Decision that was handed down on the same day as Roe v. Wade (January 22, 1973) defined "health" in the context of abortion to "include all factors – physical, emotional, psychological, familial and the woman's age – relevant to the well being of the patient." That decision has led to the sanctioning of abortion-on-demand throughout the entire nine months of pregnancy!
The Democrats are desperately working to find a way to regain their lost power. Howard Wolfson, a consultant to Democrat candidates, advisor to abortion advocacy groups and John Kerry's presidential campaign, said the party had to rethink how it talked about the issue. "Either we're going to begin talking about this in a different way or we're going to keep losing." (The New York Times, 12/24/04.)
They will say what they think the "values voters," many of whom were Democrats and Independents who voted for President Bush, want to hear. We must not allow politicians, Democrat or Republican, to "use" the pro-life cause to advance their own personal agendas. Please remain vigilant.
You can find out where your candidates stand on life issues by asking them to fill out the RNC/Life Candidate Questionnaire. You can obtain it by visiting our web site. Simply down load it and print it out. Let them know that campaign rhetoric isn't good enough. You want concrete answers to specific questions and their name on the dotted line!
He singled out Democrat Senators Ben Nelson (NE), Mark Dayton (MN), Robert Byrd (WV), Kent Conrad (ND), Jeff Bingaman (NM), and Bill Nelson (FL). All six are up for re-election in 2006 and may face the same fate as their former colleague, pro-abortion Minority Leader Tom Daschle, who was defeated after leading the Democrat's filibusters of Bush's judicial nominees during his first term.
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