It's official. Senator Bob Casey will address the Democratic National Convention on Tuesday, August 26th. Accordinf to ABC News, "The decision to give Sen. Casey a featured speaking spot is part of a broader effort on the part of the Democrats to broaden the party's appeal on abortion. "
ANC also noted the changes in the Platform which offered some modest outreach to pro-life voters. ABC reports that: Democrats consulted with the Rev. Jim Wallis and others on how to include language in the platform which would signal the party's commitment to reducing the incidence of abortion.
The Democratic platform adopted this past Saturday in Pittsburgh, Pa., pledges pre- and post-natal health care, income support, and adoption programs to support those women who make the decision to have a child.
"The language in the platform is a real step forward," said Wallis on a Tuesday conference call with reporters. "For those women who want to take the child to term, it strongly supports that choice, and provides necessary support."
The Democratic platform was also praised on Tuesday's call by Pepperdine Law Prof. Douglas Kmiec. Kmiec, an Obama supporter who served as constitutional legal counsel to Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush , called the platform an "historic moment that does a lot for Democrats, Catholics, and women."