A spokeswoman for Democrats for Life of America says Terry McAuliffe, the party’s chairman, has assured her that he would not prohibit pro-life speakers from addressing the party’s convention.
"Chairman McAuliffe’s statement proves that the Democratic Party is truly the party of inclusion," DFLA executive director Kristen Day said in Thursday. "Despite our differences on the issue of protecting the rights of the unborn, the fact that McAuliffe is not going to exclude pro-life speakers from addressing the Convention in Boston is encouraging."
According to Day, McAuliffe told a group of pro-life Democrats in New York that he would be open to allowing pro-life speakers at the convention.
However, no names of actual speakers have been committed.
In fact, the first list of convention speakers, released Wednesday, includes only one speaker, Rhode Island Congressman Jim Langevin, among 61 total, who is pro-life on abortion.
Well the final list of speakers is out and not even the nominal pro-life Congressman Jim Langevin is included. Either of course is former Boston Mayor Ray Flynn. Leave it to Terry McAuliffe to say that they would not exclude pro-life speakers and then to release a list of 60 speakers who are
Perhaps not all the speakers are rabidly pro-abortion, but you know those that are not will not even bring up the issue. Jimmy Carter will not be a conscience for the party and complain about its selling itself to the Culture of death. 13 year old Ilana Wexler founder of Kids for Kerry will talk about Kerry and kids issues and not about the fact that Kerry’s administration would work hard to prevent kids.
The group Democrats for Life will not have anyone to represent their views in the party for the little people (just not too little) and of tolerance and inclusion. They were fairly pessimistic about the chances of that happening. In a poll on their site 58% expected "No pro-life Democrat will be allowed to speak."
In a related story:
Boston, MA (LifeNews.com) — Though they constitute a sizable minority, pro-life Democrats are often the forgotten element of a Democratic Party increasingly dominated by abortion advocates.
To make their case that the party’s extreme pro-abortion stance is alienating voters, members of Democrats for Life of America will conduct a rally at the 2004 Democratic convention in Boston.
"This is a homecoming party for the many pro-life democrats who have left our party," says DFLA executive director Kristen Day. "We are dedicated Democrats who are tired of standing outside the big tent."
Members of the pro-life Democratic group will sport buttons with the phrase "43 percent of Democrats can’t be wrong."
That’s a reference to a January 2004 Zogby poll that found 43 percent of respondents who call themselves Democrats take a pro-life position opposing most or all abortions. [Full Story]
If this poll in anywhere accurate then the DNC is really out of step with part of its base. I have long thought that the DNC party leadership is a lot more pro-abortion than the average Democrat.
Just like the RNC is a less pro-life than the average Republican. Judging by the speaker line-up so far for the Republican convention, or what I call the “Democrat Convention Part Two”, many of those speakers could fit right in on abortion and social issues with the DNC. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rudolph Giuliani, George Pataki, Michael R. Bloomberg are not exactly fetus-friendly. Popularity over plank. These speakers just do not fit in with most of the planks of the GOP. They keep calling the GOP a big tent. Must be because of the three-ring circus and the inclusion of these pro-abortion clowns. The irony will be that one of the one of the most pro-life speakers will be Democrat Senator Zell Miller.