43 percent of Democrats Believe Abortion to be Manslaughter!
by Terry Phillips, correspondent
Liberal Democrats in the House appear to be easing off on the abortion issue in an attempt to appeal to the more conservative in their party.
Congressional Democrats revealed their legislative agenda this week and along with an array of long-time favorite liberal issues, there was a definite surprise. Some Democrats are taking on the abortion issue from what is very much a pro-life mindset.
Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, is a key sponsor of what's being called the "95-10 proposal"—legislation designed to reduce abortion by 95 percent within 10 years. The bill will be introduced in the House as early as next week.
"We want to reduce abortions in the country," Ryan said. "We need to all recognize that it's not going to be just one issue, one law that's going to do it. It's going to be this broad approach."
The 95-10 proposal will offer a host of mechanisms, including health care for mother and baby and would even outlaw partial-birth abortions, though it does not make abortion illegal.
Congressman Ryan says he's not going left or right on this bill, but believes there are eight or ten elements within the abortion debate that almost all Americans agree on.
Day said pro-lifers are now welcomed by many of the party's rank-and-file.
"They know our party can't be known as the party of 'abortion on demand' any longer," she said.
A Zogby poll done last year showed 43 percent of Democrats believed abortion to be manslaughter.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
The Democrats for Life Web site explains more about the 95-10 proposal.