9.04.2012

The Democratic Party

Officially supports taxpayer funded abortions.  The latest statement from the party's platform on the matter, courtesy of the weekly standard
"The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay."
That last part--"regardless of ability to pay"--is an endorsement of taxpayer-funded abortions, a policy that President Obama has personally endorsed. Obama wants Medicaid to pay directly for elective abortions, and Obamacare will allow beneficiaries to use federal subsidies to purchase health care plans that cover elective abortions. According to a 2009 Quinnipiac poll, 72 percent of voters oppose public funding of abortion and 23 percent support it. In other words, public funding of abortion--a policy President Obama actively supports--is as unpopular as banning abortion in the case of rape, a policy on which the media have focused much attention over the past two weeks despite the fact that neither presidential candidate supports it.
Nothing new for those paying attention, but the Democratic party is becoming more and more vocally hostile to human life and the human family.

2 comments:

Michelle said...

What do you mean by the human family? Is it the idea that humans care for one another and help each other in times of need? What do you believe taxes should be used for?

Zach said...

Sorry for the delay in responding ! Hope things are well…

There is a sense in which all of us are part of the "human family", and this is a true sense. The most fundamental assault on human life today, and so the human family, is abortion. When a woman is pregnant, she is pregnant with an innocent baby. Therefore, abortion, or “the termination of a pregnancy”, is the taking of innocent human life. It amounts to killing a living baby and quite literally throwing it in the trash.
In the stricter sense of the word family, perhaps unsurprisingly, I subscribe to a traditional definition, in large part because I am a Catholic, and I believe what the Church teaches about human beings, which is because I believe it teaches with Divine Authority. But I also subscribe to the traditional definition of family in some part because I believe it is reasonable apart from any divine revelation.
So what is the traditional definition? Here’s the Catechism of the Catholic Church: 2201 The conjugal community [marriage] is established upon the consent of the spouses. Marriage and the family are ordered to the good of the spouses and to the procreation and education of children. The love of the spouses and the begetting of children create among members of the same family personal relationships and primordial responsibilities.

2202 A man and a woman united in marriage, together with their children, form a family. This institution is prior to any recognition by public authority, which has an obligation to recognize it. It should be considered the normal reference point by which the different forms of family relationship are to be evaluated.

2203 In creating man and woman, God instituted the human family and endowed it with its fundamental constitution. Its members are persons equal in dignity. For the common good of its members and of society, the family necessarily has manifold responsibilities, rights, and duties.
I think that what you speak of - caring for one another, and helping each other in times of need, is certainly part of what makes a healthy family, but it is not the thing that makes or defines a family. The reason is that this definition would include charitable organizations and other forms of community that I think are not properly called familial.
So yes, I think a family is a mom and a dad and their kid(s). I believe both woman and man bring something unique and irreplaceable to the family in their roles as mothers and fathers.

As for what taxes should be used for … I am a federalist (this means belief in the separation of powers and locally administered government) who believes largely that “the government that governs best governs least”, especially at the national level. But I like taxes for lots of things – paving roads, the postal system, having some form of defense, and providing assistance and care to those living in the margins of our society, i.e. the poor.
But I certainly do not think taxes should be used to fund the killing of innocent children, or to pay for someone’s birth control.