[Catholic "Democrats for Life" are still Democrats and thus for Obama]
From: Bart Stupak [and friends] ‘perplexed and disappointed’ by ‘illegal’ HHS Mandate
by Ben Johnson
Wed Sep 05, 2012
Earlier this year [Bart Stupak] and Democrats for Life of America (DFLA) executive director Kristen Day submitted comments opposing the current incarnation of the HHS mandate, saying that abortion-inducing medications such as Plan B and Ella should “be excluded from the employer mandate, or at least that individuals and organizations, including commercial businesses, with sincere religious objections” be exempted from distributing such drugs.
Despite their objections to their party’s platform and the dominant theme of the Democratic Party convention to date, the four Democrats for Life board members present at the event said the real threat to the unborn came not from the Democrats’ support for taxpayer-funded abortion for all nine months but from the GOP’s economic philosophy.
Former Pennsylvania Congresswoman Kathy Dahlkemper joined Catholic University political science professor Stephen F. Schneck and University of St. Thomas law professor Thomas Berg at the forum.
Schenck said the Republican Party “is driven by an anti-government, Tea Party-inspired mindset that is ill suited for pro-life goals.”
However, a 2010 poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute found that 63 percent of self-described Tea Party members believed abortion should be illegal in all or most circumstances.
Dahlkemper said Republicans “claim to be pro-life yet lack commitment to social justice issues.” Schenck said if Medicaid is reduced, the abortion rate will increase by six to eight percent.
“The Democratic Party used to have more pro-life members than the GOP,” Schneck said. “Sadly, the Republican Party will never support the programs for social and economic justice that are the foundation for pro-life America.”
[Dahlkemper and Schneck are national co-chairs for the 2012 "Catholics for Obama" group.]