Widely Divergent Positions in Key Election
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, July 17, 2016 (Cincinnati, OH) – As the Republican and Democratic Parties embark on national conventions, information on proposed party platforms is being released.
“Neither the Republican nor Democratic Parties are shying away from bold positions in their draft platforms, which clearly expose the cultural struggle in which protections for human beings from earliest beginnings hang in the balance,” said Paula Westwood, Executive Director, Right to Life of Greater Cincinnati.
Proposed Republican Party platform planks on Human Life Protections, & Health Care:
The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can ‘be deprived of life, liberty or property’ deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that ‘all’ are ‘endowed by their Creator’ with the unalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection apply to children before birth. We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood. …
Any honest agenda for improving health care must start with a repeal of the dishonestly named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare. It weighs like the dead hand of the past upon American medicine.
Proposed Democrat Party platform plank on Reproductive Health, Rights, & Justice:
Democrats are committed to protecting and advancing reproductive health, rights, and justice. We believe unequivocally that every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion regardless of where she lives, how much money she makes, or how she is insured. We believe that reproductive health is core to women’s, men’s, and young people’s health and well being. 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. We need to defend the ACA, which extends affordable preventive health care to women, including no cost contraception, and prohibits discrimination in health care based on gender.