1. I am convinced that this approach, a mainstream Democratic approach, commands the strong support of the American people, and presents a sharp and compassionate contrast to the Republican abortion position which offers no real hope or commitment to mother or child.

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  2. I come to urge my party to be open to debate and discussion; to move away from a lock-step litmus test which advocates abortion on demand in an effort to reach a broader national consensus.

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  3. The national Democratic Party has embraced abortion on demand. I believe this position is wrong in principle and out of the mainstream of our party's historic commitment to protecting the powerless.

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  4. A 1990 Gallup poll found that 77 percent of Americans polled said abortion was the taking of human life. I agree, and believe that taking the life on an innocent child is unjust.

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  5. Abortion is the ultimate violence.

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  6. Abortion on demand has, in my judgment, contributed significantly to an environment in our country in which life has become very cheap.

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  7. Indeed, an entire generation of Americans has grown to adulthood since the Roe decision of 1973, which held that the right to choose an abortion was a privacy right protected by our Constitution.

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  8. If our country is to reach a workable solution to the abortion issue, the Democratic party must be open to and tolerant of opposing views.

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  9. In this generation, the issue pressing that question on our consciences is the issue of abortion.

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  10. For almost twenty years, abortion policy in America has been controlled by the courts.

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  11. Abortion on demand, throughout the full nine months of a pregnancy, for virtually any reason, became public policy in the United States of America. No other developed democracy had, or has, such a permissive abortion regime.

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  12. A vast abortion industry, generating some half a billion dollars annually, sprang into existence in the wake of Roe and Doe.

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  13. Advocates of unrestricted abortion do not want the public to focus on these undeniable facts of fetal development, but the facts cannot be ignored.

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  14. Abortion is defended today as a means of ensuring the equality and independence of women, and as a solution to the problems of single parenting, child abuse, and the feminization of poverty.

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  15. We have had virtually unlimited access to abortion for nearly twenty years. Yet during that same period, more and more women and children have slipped into poverty.

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  16. The abortion license has not brought freedom and security to women. Rather, it has ushered in a new era of irresponsibility toward women and children, one that now begins before birth.

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  17. The advocates of abortion on demand falsely assume two things: that women must suffer if the lives of unborn children are legally protected; and that women can only attain equality by having the legal option of destroying their innocent offspring in the womb.

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  18. To establish justice and to promote the general welfare, America does not need the abortion license.

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  19. Abortion is a question of choice.

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  20. Legal abortion will never rest easy on this nation's conscience.

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  21. The abortion issue has intersected with my public life from the very beginning.

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  22. I am fairly certain that my abortion position hurt me, because in a Democratic primary, where turnout is relatively low, liberal voters turn out in disproportionately large numbers and thus exercise a disproportionate influence on the outcome.

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  23. However, we might oppose it, abortion is a sad feature of modern life.

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