Dems shifting stance on abortion – Maybe through semantics?

Stephanie Simon has an article today in the LA Times titled “Democrats shift position on abortion“. 

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.

But, the proposed changes are also drawing barbs from both sides of the aisle.

Rep. Mike Pence, a Republican from Indiana, sees hypocrisy in the fact that much of the new family planning funding will go to Planned Parenthood. The money can’t be used to terminate pregnancies — it’s for birth control and gynecology services. But Pence says it’s ludicrous to send tax dollars to the nation’s largest abortion provider in the name of reducing abortions.

“That’s not a common ground I can accept,” Pence said.

From the left, too, the new strategy has drawn barbs. Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) urges her party to stick to promoting contraception, instead of trying to sway women’s choices after they conceive.

Has their position changed – probably not.  But, their rhetoric is evolving. 

Planned Parenthood, the leading provider of abortions, will still receive a substantial amount of the monies proposed but cannot use it for abortions but, rather, gynecological services and counseling.  What a smack in the face to have the largest abortion provider receiving the bulk of the funding. 

And, anything that Teddy Kennedy is supporting, I just have a hard time accepting.  Old habits are hard to break, for the Libs and me, I suspect.


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