January 6, 2005
Some democrat leaders say their party needs to de-emphasize the abortion rights issue.
They are concerned republicans have gained a significant edge over democrats because of democrats' doctrine of abortion on demand, at any time and for any reason.
Party leaders are quoted in the New York Times as saying they are not abandoning their support for abortion rights, but that democrats should consider accepting some restrictions that enjoy popular support - like parental notification when teenagers seek abortions.
This is a cynical appeal for votes and nothing more.
Either the child in the womb is human and a person deserving of the right to live and protection in law, or it isn't.
Playing games with unborn life for political advantage will expose democrats as hypocrites and manipulators.
Democrats won't even allow a single pro-life democrat to speak at their political convention.
This ploy won't count for much unless it is based on conviction and if it is based on conviction, the democrats would be converted to the pro-life position.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
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