Dem Platform Reaches Out to Pro-Lifers

Obama approves language that finds 'common ground'
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 13, 2008 12:53 PM CDT
Dem Platform Reaches Out to Pro-Lifers
In this Nov. 7, 2007, file photo participants of the Ohio State University "Students for Obama" event toast at a restaurant near the Ohio State University campus in Columbus, Ohio.    (AP Photo/Paul Vernon, file)

(Newser) – The Obama campaign is reaching out to Catholics, evangelicals, and other anti-abortion swing voters by adjusting the language of the official Democratic platform on the controversial issue, Alec MacGillis writes in the Washington Post. The new party plank moves "closer to the middle ground where most Americans reside—not wanting to criminalize abortions, but wanting to reduce the number performed."

"There's a common ground possible here," said a pro-life minister, and founder of the largest US network of liberal Christians. He added, "It's never been as explicitly stated that the Democratic Party supports a woman's decision to have their child, and offers her practical support to have her child. It's an historic step forward." (Read more Religious Left stories.)

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