Democrats' addition to abortion stance lauded by some faith leaders
New provisions aimed at reducing the number of abortions
Sep 09, 2008
Progressive evangelical and Catholic leaders voiced their support for the Democratic Party’s platform plank on abortion, citing new provisions aimed at reducing the number of abortions by improving women’s health care, adoption services and income-support programs.
In a conference call sponsored by his progressive evangelical group Sojourners, Jim Wallis called the platform position a “historic step forward” in reconciling the party’s support of abortion rights with the concerns of Christians who oppose the practice.
“We’re moving from symbolism to substance here, [offering] practical solutions toward in fact making abortion more rare,” Wallis said August 12.
Wallis was joined by five other evangelical and Catholic voices, including Orlando megachurch pastor Joel Hunter, a registered Republican who has advocated expanding conservatism beyond “traditional values” issues.