Interesting, even as the Republican party becomes less and less responsive to pro-lifers, and social conservatives in general, Democrats are trying to sound more and more like pro-lifers.
Realistically, however, there is less than meets the eye.
Sensing an opportunity to impress religious voters — and tip elections — Democrats in Congress and on the campaign trail have begun to adopt some of the language and policy goals of the antiabortion movement.
For years, the liberal response to abortion has been to promote more accessible and affordable birth control as well as detailed sex education in public schools.
That’s still the foundation of Democratic policies. But in a striking shift, Democrats in the House last week promoted a grab bag of programs designed not only to prevent unwanted pregnancies, but also to encourage women who do conceive to carry to term.
What we have here is an attempt to have it both ways. They want to seem like they’re shifting without actually making the killing of unborn children illegal. And let’s not forget that “preventing unwanted pregnancies” does not mean abstinence and chastity education. It means contraceptives.
Providing cover to weak-kneed pro-lifers
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