Pro-Life Democrats vs. Pro-Life Republicans
by Bruticus, Wed Jun 15, 2005 at 11:26:23 AM EDT
This is taken directly from the Democrats for Life of America website
Federal Funding for Toll-Free Number/National Public Awareness Program
Enact an advertising campaign in each state to provide a toll free number that will direct a woman to organizations that provide support services for pregnant women who want to carry their children to term and/or direct women to adoption centers.
*Organizations that qualify for the referral from the toll-free hotline must be non-profit, tax exempt organizations that do not provide abortion referral services.
Conduct a National Study & Update Abortion Data
National Institutes of Health will collect accurate data on why women choose abortions. Within five years of enactment, the NIH will present its findings to Congress.
*This will be compiled on a confidential and voluntary basis.
Federal Funding for Pregnancy Prevention Education
Provide grants to school districts that are in need of funds to administer effective, age-appropriate pregnancy prevention education.
Federal Funding for Abortion Counseling and Daycare on University Campuses
Provide grants for universities and colleges to support pregnant women; provide resources and support to help women continue their education if they keep their child or make an adoption plan for their child.
*These grants will help universities establish an on-campus office for counseling, referral, and parenting services for pregnant women and daycare services for parents.
Provide Accurate Information to Patients Receiving a Positive Result from an Alpha-Fetoprotein Test tests.
Pregnant women who choose to undergo prenatal genetic testing should be provided with information on the accuracy of these tests.
There can be false-positive results, indicating a problem when the fetus is actually healthy.
Make Adoption Tax Credits Permanent
Repeal the sunset on adoption tax credits and make them permanent.
Ban Pregnancy as a "Pre-Existing Condition" in the Health Care Industry
End the discriminatory practices against pregnant women in the health insurance industry by removing pregnancy from all "pre-existing condition" lists in health care.
Require Adoption Referral Information
Require pregnancy centers and women's health centers that provide pregnancy counseling and that receive federal funding to provide adoption referral information.
Women's Right to Know
Any women's health center or clinic that provides pregnancy counseling or abortion services must provide accurate information on abortion and the adverse side effects to a woman's health. Patients do not have to accept the materials if they do not want them.
Provide Ultrasound Equipment
Provide grants to nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations for the purchase of ultrasound equipment to provide free examinations to pregnant women needing such services. This equipment will be operated by licensed professionals.
Increase Funding for Domestic Violence Programs
Offer additional federal funding for programs that have received grants by the Department of Justice for providing counseling and shelter for women and children in crisis pregnancies. The leading cause of death against pregnant women is murder.
Require insurance coverage of contraception approved by the Food and Drug Administration. (Modeled after Missouri legislation that was supported by both pro-life and pro-choice groups.)
Protect our Children
Fully Fund Federal WIC Program
Special Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) is funded at about $4.9 billion, which advocates say is $268 million less than what's needed to serve the current 7.86-7.90 million participants.
The administration expects 8.2 million pregnant women, infants, and young children to be served by the program. Thus, this analysis assumes that an eight percent reduction translates into 670,000 fewer people being served (which is eight percent of 8.2 million).
The administration also proposes placing an overall cap on all non-defense, non-Homeland Security discretionary spending for the next five years. By 2010, those discretionary caps could force 660,000 recipients to lose WIC in 2010. Between 2006 and 2010, the WIC cuts could total $657 million.
In addition, it is estimated that every dollar spent on WIC results in between $1.77 and $3.13 in Medicaid savings for newborns and their mothers (Food Research and Action Center).
Prohibit transporting a minor across a state line to obtain an abortion. Makes an exception if the abortion was necessary to save the life of the minor.
Requires states that have parental notification to inform parents of state statutory rape laws.
Provide Grants to States to Help in the Promotion and Implementation of Safe Haven Laws
Forty-six states now have some type of safe haven legislation. (The following states do not have safe haven legislation: AK, HI (Vetoed 7/2/03), NE and VT.) Most of the laws designate hospitals, emergency medical services, fire stations and police stations as safe locations. One exception is New York, which stipulates that the baby may be left with a suitable person or may be left in a suitable location so long as an appropriate person is promptly notified.
Require Counseling in Maternity Group Homes
Adoption counseling in federally funded maternity group homes and teaching of parenting skills.
Require SCHIP to cover pregnant women
HR 2268--Strickland (D-OH)/HR 4350--Dingell (D-MI)--108th Congress
Mandate SCHIP coverage for pregnant women.
Expanding coverage to pregnant women through Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and to newborns through the first full year of life.
It's obvious that Pro-Life Republicans pretty much want Roe v. Wade overturned which would give it back to the states, almost guaranteeing that abortion would be illegal in the Confederacy and some parts of the Northwest. What's not obvious is that Pro-Life Democrats do NOT want the same thing.
Namely most Pro-lIfe Dems don't want to make abortion illegal. They just want to have LESS abortions, namely reducing the number of abortions by 95% in 10 years. The 17 points that the Democrats for Life are pushing for have NOTHING to do with making abortion illegal.
The problem I have with the pro-choice folk on this board is that they want the abortion arguement to start and stop with keeping it legal. period. They don't seem to care about making it 'safe,legal and rare' as Clinton put it. There are even some people on here who are quick to point out that abortions have increased over the last 5 years like it's something to be proud of. It's almost as if they don't care about the human side of the issue at all, as long as it stays legal.
The Democratic party is one that has a history of caring, and that is undeniable. From supporting free breakfast for children, to campaigning against vouchers so the maximum number of children have access to the best education possible, to unions, and finally Social Security, the Democratic Party has been the Natural Party of the People, because we have always inherently stood for the greater good of the Society and it's inhabitants.
Wouldn't the natural extension of this be for us to devote our energy to making abortions rare, as opposed to focusing all of our energy on keeping it legal?
*The Republicans don't really want to get rid of abortion, becasue half of their 'family value' lawmakers would get an abortion for their daughter in a heartbeat to preserve their image. Most Libertarians are pro-choice, anyway. But the real reason Republicans want to keep it legal is because they don't want to be responsible for the thousands of botched abortions that will occur in the Southern States because of women not being able to afford to travel out of the COnfederacy to a state where it's legal. *
So for once, let's stop playing thier game. If Democrats put their time and energy into preventing abortions by funding alternatives for Women, we can unify our party, take the moral high ground and steal a LOAD of Republican voters whom this has been a defining issue for at least the last 2 elections.
Think of the irony of the Democrats stealing votes on an issue that the Republicans pushed front and center.
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