Democrats mull easing abortion views

Dec. 23, 2004 at 11:15 AM
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WASHINGTON, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- A battle over who will lead the Democratic National Committee has turned into a debate about possibly easing the party's abortion rights views.

The party's continuing electoral defeats have caused some Democrats to warn that failure to moderate their long-held abortion rights commitments will condemn them to permanent minority party status, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday.

Former Indiana Rep. Tim Roemer is seeking the DNC's top job with the support of the party's two highest-ranking members of Congress. Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean is opposing Roemer, with the support of party liberals.

Roemer would encourage the party to eliminate its "moral blind spot" when it comes to so-called partial-birth abortions, a topic Dean has declined to discuss publicly.

Oddsmakers give Dean an edge over Roemer in the Feb. 10 vote to succeed current DNC head Terry McAuliffe.

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