Monday, May 15, 2006

PERSPECTIVE: Democrats seek moral high ground on abortion debate

House and Senate Democrats last week heavily publicized a proposal to increase access to contraception and require comprehensive sex education rather than abstinence-only programs in schools. Legislative leaders quickly dimmed prospects of passage. That allows minority Democrats to accuse the GOP of ignoring the wishes of most Americans by pooh-poohing a plan that could reduce the number of abortions. The bills put abortion rights advocates back on the offensive, because they can say they've offered a practical and affordable solution to decrease unwanted pregnancies, said Sen. Marc Dann, a Youngstown Democrat. "We hold the moral high ground in this debate," he said on the Statehouse steps last week, surrounded by a few hundred volunteers ready to visit their lawmakers to press for the proposals.

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