The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay.
Such is how it is stated on the democratic platform. Note the last phrase: “regardless of ability to pay.” Yes, this signifies an endorsement of taxpayer-funded abortions.
How do they justify this extreme position?
Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions.
Unfortunately, this is exactly the kind of argument people make for abortion. It’s an intensely personal decision. We shouldn’t get in the way.
But think about it this way. Suppose instead of the unborn, the woman were thinking about killing her toddler. Would we say that is an intensely personal decision the government shouldn’t be involved with? Definitely not. But that shows exactly what is at issue here. The language in the DNC Platform statement assumes the unborn is not a human person. Think how ridiculous it would be if we were talking about infanticide! But because the baby is inside the mother instead of outside, it somehow makes sense to call killing it a decision for the mother.
But again, think about the reasoning: what does “an intensely personal choice” have to do with anything? Pre-meditated murders would, presumably, be an intensely personal choice. Should the government be involved in that?
Again, the assumption is that the woman’s decision affects only herself. The assumption is that the unborn doesn’t count. But the unborn is human and a person. What the DNC platform shows is that the issue at the heart of the abortion debate remains that: what is the unborn?