Democratic Platform Draft Calls for Federal Funding of Abortion

By Lauretta Brown | July 5, 2016 | 3:36 PM EDT

Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee HIllary Clinton (AP Photo)

(CNSNews.com) – The Democratic Party released a draft of its proposed party platform late Friday that includes language supporting taxpayer-funded abortion both at home and abroad and emphasizes the party’s support for Planned Parenthood.

The proposed platform stated: “We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”

The Hyde Amendment is a provision which prohibits federal funding for abortion except in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother.

“We believe that safe abortion must be part of comprehensive maternal and women’s health care and included as part of America’s global health programming,” the draft continued. “Therefore, we support the repeal of harmful restrictions that obstruct women’s access to health care information and services, including the ‘global gag rule’ and the Helms Amendment that bars U.S. assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the developing world.”

The Helms Amendment stated that: “No foreign assistance funds may be used to pay for the performance of abortion as a method of family planning or to motivate or coerce any person to practice abortions.”

press release last week from the Democratic party touted the platform language.

“The platform goes further than previous Democratic platforms on women’s reproductive rights,” the statement said. “It champions Planned Parenthood health centers and commits to push back on all Republican efforts to defund it. The platform also vows to oppose, and seek to overturn, all federal and state laws that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”

“It also strongly supports the repeal of harmful restrictions that obstruct women’s access to healthcare around the world, including the Global Gag Rule and the Helms Amendment, which bars US assistance to other countries that provide safe, legal, abortion.”  

Sixty-one groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the National Abortion Federation, and the National Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL), sent a letter to the platform committee last month urging the inclusion of language opposing the Hyde Amendment in the Democratic platform.

The platform won't be finalized until the Democratic Platform Committee meets in Orlando next week, followed by a vote at the party's convention in Philadelphia.

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