At the 2008 Democratic National Convention, NARAL president Nancy Keenan attempted to appeal to moderates and fence-sitters on the abortion issue. She talked about unplanned-pregnancy prevention, sex education, and supporting women who choose an adoption plan for their unborn children.
There was no such moderation this time around. Keenan came right out of the gate with the boast: “We believe in the right to choose a safe, legal abortion, with dignity and privacy.” The preceding video message and speaker, also discussing reproductive issues, had not even uttered the a-word.
Keenan also explicitly stated the Democratic position that “a woman considering an abortion should not be forced to have an ultrasound against her will.” The line got little applause. Perhaps that’s because nearly half of Democrats support ultrasound legislation, along with many other commonsense restrictions. Ultrasounds not only give women the truth about the development of their preborn babies, but also can alert doctors to potentially dangerous conditions like ectopic pregnancy. Nevertheless, opposition to ultrasound is a key plank of the “pro-woman” platform.
My favorite line of the night? “I know this president. And I can tell you that he cares deeply about the next generation of women in this country; his daughters, all of our daughters.” The irony of abortion supporters professing their concern for the next generation never gets old.
This has been updated since posting.