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By auguste
Wednesday, August 13, 2008 18:22 EDT
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This has to be a quick one, since I’m on my way out the door, but I just wanted to note how annoying it is that the media is buying into the frame that the Democratic abortion plank is somehow demonstrating a step backwards on choice. Reduction of the number of abortions, via family planning, is a pro-choice position. As far as I can tell, the new plank is an improvement, as it now calls for abortions to be “safe and legal” and doesn’t include the cop-out “rare.”

The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v Wade and a woman’s right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.The Democratic Party also strongly supports access to affordable family planning services and comprehensive age-appropriate sex education which empower people to make informed choices and live healthy lives. We also recognize that such health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. The Democratic Party also strongly supports a woman’s decision to have a child by ensuring access to and availability of programs for pre and post natal health care, parenting skills, income support, and caring adoption programs.

Am I crazy, or is “abortion on demand, birth control on demand, sex education, and support for women who choose to carry a pregnancy to term” pretty much the pro-choice position?

Bob Casey or no Bob Casey, this isn’t a win for anti-choice Dems. And given that most of America is pro-choice, framing it as one seems like a very bad idea.

 
 
 
 
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