PP VP to Ohio Voters: Everything is On the Line
Telling Ohio delegates to the Democratic National Convention that “everything, everything, everything is on the line,” Planned Parenthood Executive Vice President Dawn Laguens said that the Supreme Court, not the Presidency, is the world’s largest abortion business’s main concern – and should be theirs as well.
“We know that whoever is president, we know has one seat to appoint and likely could end up with as many as three,” she said at a breakfast address to Buckeyes, according to the Columbus Dispatch. “And that is going to shape the court not just for one presidential term, but for 40 years. That is really where our focus is.
“The election is important, but the court is forever.”
On Monday night, the Democrats voted numerous changes to the party platform that included the most radical pro-abortion language and goals ever held by a mainstream American political party.
In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times this week, Democrats for Life Executive Director Kristen Day and Fordham University professor Charles Camosy said that the platform all but explicitly expels pro-life voters from the party:
It calls for repeal of all “federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion.” Support for abortion rights in this platform is deemed “unequivocal.”
The platform asserts that “reproductive health” — which includes access to “safe and legal abortion” — is “core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and wellbeing.”
A commitment to religious liberty in the context of abortion, which was included in the 2012 platform, has been removed.
Moreover, they said, the platform calls for the repeal of the Hyde and Helms amendments preventing taxpayer funds from being used to pay for abortions.
“U.S. abortion law (which permits abortion for any reason until viability, about 22 to 23 weeks) already makes many progressive countries in Europe (which set their threshold for abortion at 12 to 13 weeks) look like pro-life radicals,” they wrote. “This would force those who object to abortion to contribute to what we believe would be government-funded killing, and it would eradicate policies that have already saved hundreds of thousands of lives.”
While abortion is only one issue upon which the Democrats have taken a sharp turn Left, it is one that would mean the death of thousands more Ohioans, and tens or hundreds of thousands more Americans. And because of Ohio’s importance in the election, all those lives will depend largely on what Ohio voters do this November.
Paula Westwood, Executive Director of Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati, agrees with Planned Parenthood’s Laguens that the next president’s Supreme Court picks will be vital — but for a very different reason.
“The Supreme Court has become Supreme Dictator, with justices overstepping the balance of power and inserting themselves in areas they never should, often against state’s rights – such as in the recent ruling against the Texas abortion health and safety law,” she said. “Judicial officials are needed at every level who can and will appropriately interpret the Constitution, not rule by personal agenda.
“But both Republicans and Democrats know the increased concern with Supreme Court justice nominees due to the length of their tenure, and thus both parties claim expected Court vacancies as a linchpin for their candidate.”
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