Leaders on the Democratic Platform Committee met in Orlando last week to approve the final draft of the 2016 Democratic Party Platform, finalizing a platform process that the party itself calls the "the most representative and inclusive in history."
For some, including Brooking Institution's William Galston, the 2016 final draft signifies a "sharp left turn" for the party platform and indicates that Hillary Clinton's Democratic Party "is not Bill Clinton's Democratic Party."
The platform supports a number of proposals supported by both Clinton, the presumptive presidential nominee, and her main competitor in the primaries, the self-proclaimed "Democratic socialist" Bernie Sanders. more >>
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump's announcement that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence is his vice presidential running mate is drawing mixed response from evangelical and conservative leaders, with some praising Pence for his pro-life commitments, but a few others denouncing his failure to protect religious freedom in his state.
It's "an affirmation of the pro-life commitments" Trump has made which will "rally the pro-life grassroots," wrote Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the pro-life group SBA List, in a statement after the announcement Friday.
"Gov. Pence has proven to be a pro-life champion both during his time in Congress and as Governor of Indiana," Dannenfelser said. "It was Mike Pence who led the effort to defund Planned Parenthood in Congress, and it was Gov. Pence who signed into law a historic bill protecting unborn children from lethal discrimination in the womb. Mike Pence is a pro-life trailblazer and Mr. Trump could not have made a better choice." more >>
WASHINGTON — The pro-life movement "has never been stronger since its beginning in 1973" but faces a "come-to-Jesus-moment" should Hillary Clinton become the next president of the United States, Susan B. Anthony List President Marjorie Dannenfelser stressed this week.
Dannenfelser, who heads one of the premiere pro-life advocacy groups in Washington D.C., held a press conference at the National Press Club on Wednesday to offer her thoughts on the state of the pro-life movement.
After the U.S. Supreme Court ruled last month in Whole Woman's Health v. Hellerstedt to strike down components of a Texas pro-life law requiring abortion clinics to uphold basic medical safety standards and abortionists to have admitting privileges to nearby hospitals, Dannenfelser decried claims from liberals that the Supreme Court defeat exposes the weakness in today's pro-life movement and its "ability to move forward." more >>
A significant body of polling data dating back to the 1970s finds that young adults are less likely than their older counterparts to identify as "pro-life." The mainstream media often gives these surveys plenty of attention. They often like to portray the pro-life position as unpopular among the young and argue that the pro-life position is poised to lose ground in the future.
However, last week Students for Life of America (SFLA) released a series of surveys conducted by the Barna Group which show that young adults are actually more opposed to abortion than many realize.
It found that 53 percent of Millennials (individuals between 18 and 31) think that abortion should be either illegal or legal only in cases of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. This is a nine-point gain from a similar survey SFLA commissioned four years ago. Their SFLA survey also indicates that only 47 percent of Millennials think that Planned Parenthood should receive taxpayer funding. more >>
Indiana Governor and former member of Congress Mike Pence was reportedly selected by presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump to his vice presidential running mate.
According to Roll Call, Trump selected Governor Pence after considering a number of rumored vice presidential running mates including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich.
Below, in no particular order, are five things to know about Pence, touching his religious background as well as his positions on issues like abortion and religious liberty. more >>
The United States House of Representatives passed a bill Wednesday evening to protect religious health care providers and medical professionals from being penalized by government agencies for refusing to be involved in or provide coverage for abortions.
With a 245 to 182 vote, the lower house passed the Conscience Protection Act introduced by Rep. John Fleming, R-La., which seeks to protect not only health care providers but social services providers, health care training professionals and health insurers from the coercion of the federal government and state and local government agencies that receive federal funds for health-related activities.
Specifically, the bill states that government agencies that receive federal funds may not "penalize, retaliate against, or otherwise discriminate against a health care provider" who doesn't "perform, refer for, pay for, or otherwise participate in abortion." Also, the agencies can't retaliate if those institutions or professionals don't "provide or sponsor abortion coverage" or "facilitate or make arrangements" for one to receive an abortion or abortion coverage. more >>