Comparing Party Platforms on Issues of the Day
Below is a side-by-side comparison of what each Party believes… IN THEIR OWN WORDS!
(Note: From 2016, the most recent party platforms.)
Democratic Party Platform
Appointing Judges (p. 23)
We will appoint judges who. . . will protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion. . .
Securing Reproductive Health, Rights, and Justice (p. 33-34)
. . .every woman should have access to quality reproductive health care services, including safe and legal abortion. . . We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers. . . 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 recognize that quality, affordable comprehensive health care, evidence-based sex education and a full range of family planning services help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. . .
Women and Girls (p. 41)
. . .We will support sexual and reproductive health and rights around the globe. In addition to expanding the availability of affordable family planning information and contraceptive supplies, we believe that safe abortion must be part of comprehensive maternal and women’s health care and included as part of America’s global health programming. Therefore, we support the repeal of harmful restrictions that obstruct women’s access to health care information and services, including the “global gag rule” and the Helms Amendment that bars American assistance to provide safe, legal abortion throughout the developing world.
Republican Party Platform
The Fifth Amendment: Protecting Human Life (p. 13-14)
. . .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 protections apply to children before birth.
We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, so long as they provide or refer for elective abortions or sell fetal body parts rather than provide healthcare. We urge all states and Congress to make it a crime to acquire, transfer, or sell fetal tissues from elective abortions for research, and we call on Congress to enact a ban on any sale of fetal body parts. . . We will not fund or subsidize healthcare that includes abortion coverage.
We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. . .
We affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women who face an unplanned pregnancy. . . We condemn the Supreme Court’s activist decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt striking down commonsense Texas laws providing for basic health and safety standards in abortion clinics.
We applaud the U.S. House of Representatives for leading the effort to add enforcement to the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act by passing the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which imposes appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion. . . Over a dozen states have passed Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Acts prohibiting abortion after twenty weeks, the point at which current medical research shows that unborn babies can feel excruciating pain during abortions, and we call on Congress to enact the federal version. . . We support state and federal efforts against the cruelest forms of abortion, especially dismemberment abortion procedures, in which unborn babies are literally torn apart limb from limb.
We call on Congress to ban sex-selection abortions and abortions based on disabilities — discrimination in its most lethal form. . .
The Democratic Party is extreme on abortion. Democrats’ almost limitless support for abortion, and their strident opposition to even the most basic restrictions on abortion, put them dramatically out of step with the American people. Because of their opposition to simple abortion clinic safety procedures, support for taxpayer-funded abortion, and rejection of pregnancy resource centers that provide abortion alternatives, the old Clinton mantra of “safe, legal, and rare” has been reduced to just “legal.”. . .
Preserving Medicare and Medicaid (p. 23-24)
. . .We respect the states’ authority and flexibility to exclude abortion providers from federal programs such as Medicaid and other healthcare and family planning programs so long as they continue to perform or refer for elective abortions or sell the body parts of aborted children.
Choice in Education (p. 34)
. . .We oppose school-based clinics that provide referral or counseling for abortion and contraception. . .
Restoring Patient Control and Preserving Quality in Healthcare (p. 36-37)
. . .We, however, affirm the dignity of women by protecting the sanctity of human life. Numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women, and we stand firmly against it. . .
Protecting Individual Conscience in Healthcare (p. 37)
. . .We support the right of parents to consent to medical treatment for their minor children and urge enactment of legislation that would require parental consent for their daughter to be transported across state lines for abortion. . . American taxpayers should not be forced to fund abortion. As Democrats abandon this four decade-old bipartisan consensus, we call for codification of the Hyde Amendment and its application across the government, including Obamacare. We call for a permanent ban on federal funding and subsidies for abortion and healthcare plans that include abortion coverage. . .
Advancing Research and Development in Healthcare (p. 37-38)
. . . We support cutting federal and state funding for entities that endanger women’s health by performing abortions in a manner inconsistent with federal or state law.
U.S. Leadership in the Asian Pacific (p. 48-49)
. . . China’s behavior has negated the optimistic language of our last platform concerning our future relations with China. . . a barbaric population control two-child policy of forced abortions and forced sterilizations continued. . .
Sovereign American Leadership in International Organizations (p. 51)
. . . The U.N.’s Population Fund has, from its origin, been rooted in no-growth policies. . . Its complicity in China’s barbaric program of forced abortion led President Reagan to set a wall of separation — his Mexico City Policy, which prohibits the granting of federal monies to non-governmental organizations that provide or promote abortion. We affirm his position. . .