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It's perhaps telling that the party platform for the Democrats, titled "Renewing America's Promise," begins with a section called, "Renewing the American Dream," addressing the weak economy and how the party proposes to help the poor, the uninsured, the elderly, the unemployed. The Republican platform, meanwhile, opens with a section on national security titled, "Defending Our Nation, Supporting Our Heroes, Securing the Peace," discussing the conflict abroad, Homeland Security, terrorism, and other similar issues.

The differences between the two parties' platforms don't stop with what they choose to emphasize up front, of course. The platform issues sometimes have huge differences between the parties, sometimes minor disparities.

What follows is a comparison between the platforms on several key social issues likely to be most relevant to evangelicals. For a closer look at both platforms, see the Republicans' draft platform at National Review Online, here, and the Democrats' platform at the convention website.


Abortion | Africa | Climate Change | Embryonic Research | Faith-Based Programs | Global Poverty | HIV/AIDS | Human Trafficking | Israel/Middle East | Marriage & Sexuality | Religious Liberty

Abortion

Democrats: "The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman's right to choose a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay, and we oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.

"The Democratic Party also strongly supports access to comprehensive affordable family planning services ...

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