Standing in downtown Charlotte, N.C., during the 2012 Democratic National Convention in September, Planned Parenthood volunteers yelled on street corners about how to protect women’s rights. Their hot pink t-shirts read “I’m Voting for Barack Obama” on the back and “2012” on the front—with a birth-control wheel in place of the zero.
Inside the forum, the DNC felt more like a giant pro-choice rally than a political convention. First, Democrats adopted a platform embracing both taxpayer-funded abortion and partial-birth abortion and completely set aside the idea that abortion should be rare. The platform language mentions no restrictions on abortion, thereby seeming to promote it anytime, in any place, for any reason:
“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. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. 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,” the platform reads.