Nevertheless, in an election season distinguished by the efforts of even some Rove-spooked Democratic politicians to "out-Jesus" each other, 95-10 has finally found a Democrat willing to attach his name to it in public, and a Democratic site to promote it.
The 95-10 Initiative
DFLA refuses to support the recently introduced "Reducing the Need for Abortion and Supporting Parents Act" -- a bill sponsored by a longtime DFLA champion, Rep. Tim Ryan -- because it provides access to contraception for low-income women, focusing on preventing unintended pregnancies through federal support for sex education, family planning and contraception. But the DFLA leadership maintains that the "contraceptive mentality" causes an increase in the abortion rate. That's right: just like Frank Pavone and his buddy Joe Scheidler, DFLA claims to believe that birth control actually causes abortion.
DFLA's director, Kristen Day, on occasion owns up to 95-10's goal of eliminating all elective abortions within ten years, while regretting that it's "realistic" to expect that outlawing those procedures performed for medically necessary reasons -- such the threat to a woman's life or severe fetal abnormality -- will take a little longer.
But that's not what Day said as one of the inaugural featured writers at Faithful Democrats.
I applaud the Faithful Democrats for providing a forum for upfront and honest discussion on critically important issues facing our nation. The forum is one that will foster cooperation and help to find real solutions and common ground on difficult topics. The discourse and actions prompted by Reducing Abortion Week demonstrates the importance and necessity of thoughtful discussion.
That post is just a little vague on detail, isn't it? That's no accident, so let's take a look at some 95-10 provisions [pdf link] that DFLA is less than "upfront and honest" about in its current press releases.
These are some of the ways in which DFLA claims that "[t]he 95-10 Initiative will: Empower Women."
Federal Funding for Toll-Free Number/National Public Awareness Program
For the uninitiated, that means instituting federal funding for nationwide expansion of a program already underway in Florida, which was explored here at Talk to Action last February in Pregnant? Need help? Call 1-800-PROPAGANDA. Public funding of crisis pregnancy center ministries, with a toll-free hotline network to funnel unsuspecting women inside their doors to be exposed to shock graphics, is seen as a vital element of abortion prevention by folks who believe that lying for Jesus -- as exposed in Crisis Pregnancy Centers Unplugged -- is the Christian thing to do.
Provide Ultrasound Equipment
This ultrasound equipment is not intended for medical purposes. As revealed in CPCs Unplugged, Part 2: Free Ultrasound, But At What Cost?, there are plenty of "licensed professionals" who believe that repeatedly irradiating developing fetuses with any amount of potentially harmful ultrasound energy is perfectly ethical, as long as it helps to influence an "abortion-minded" woman or increase the take at a fund-raising banquet.
Conduct a National Study & Update Abortion Data
Although the plan ostensibly calls for the collection of such highly personal information to be voluntary, legislation was introduced in Texas last year that would have denied a woman an abortion unless she provided the state with such information as her previous pregnancy history, number of previous abortions, her method of payment for the abortion, and personal information about the man involved in her pregnancy. With a federal mandate for government intrusion into the intimate details of a woman's life, it is beyond absurd to presume that anti-choice legislators in this state or any other would restrain themselves.
Women's Right to Know
This provision imposes TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) on every physician in the country. In addition to requiring doctors to provide women with misleading and exaggerated information about the risks of abortion, Women's Right to Know laws impose arbitrary waiting periods that delay women's access to care and deter physicians from providing abortion care at all.
Many states already have passed this discriminatory legislation. Although TRAP statutes such as this one are often painted as a "reasonable restriction" of abortion rights, they are harmful to both women and their physicians in a number of ways.
First, by treating abortion differently from all other comparable medical procedures and subjecting it to a unique level of micro-management and governmental oversight, TRAP laws segregate abortion providers and patients from the rest of medical practice and relegate abortion services to a status below other health care.
Innocuous-sounding Women's Right to Know laws are the hidden TRAP behind "Safe, Legal and Rare."
Courtesy of Priests for Life, headed by Randall Terry's bosom friend, Frank Pavone, DFLA's first president, Lois Kerschner, explains why Democrats for Life will do whatever it takes to criminalize abortion care.
On Judgment Day you will not be asked if you are a follower of the Democratic platform, but if you were a follower of the word of God. A little political power is not worth becoming an accomplice to the murder of millions of babies.
That was in back in 1997, but DFLA has improved its political game in the intervening years.
When the fastest path to the political power DFLA wanted was to March for Life with the most radical elements of the Religious Right in America, they not only got happy feet, but hosted a breakfast for Frank Pavone's favorite "abortion is genocide" guest star, Alveda King.
In its search for political allies, DFLA has gravitated into the orbit of groups such as Concerned Women for America -- which promotes Bush administration policies directly contributing to the deaths of untold numbers of women and their children around the world. But DFLA has joined the Religious Right with a smile.
DFLA's Kristen Day (left) joins Kate O'Beirne, Ramesh Ponnuru and Concerned Women for America president Wendy Wright in a press conference calling for increased anti-choice legislation. [Photo: Concerned Women for America]
If you follow this Concerned Women for America link to click on this photo ...
... the sound you will hear is the bray of a Trojan donkey.
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