August 21st, 2012
11:51 AM ET
2 years ago

GOP platform committee approves tough anti-abortion stance

Tampa, Florida (CNN) – Republicans drafting their party's official policy platform on Tuesday ratified a call for a Constitutional ban on abortion that makes no exceptions for rape or incest.

The vote to endorse the party's long-standing opposition to abortion and support for a "human life amendment" took place at a meeting of the GOP's official platform committee in Tampa, the site of next week's Republican National Convention.

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The party's official stance on abortion was approved after just a few minutes of discussion. The language in the platform must be voted on before the full Republican Convention next week, though Republicans say it is all but certain to pass.

"Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," the platform language declares. "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children."

Platform committee chairman Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia thanked the 110-member committee for "affirming our respect for human life" and quickly moved on to other topics as top advisers to Mitt Romney's Republican presidential campaign looked on from the back of the room.

Because the language about a Constitutional abortion ban is similar to language in past Republican platforms, the vote might normally have escaped notice.

But the debate over abortion - and exceptions for rape victims - was thrust into the national political spotlight on Sunday in the wake of Missouri Rep. Todd Akin's comments about "legitimate rape."

Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan sharply condemned Akin's remarks and pledged that under a Romney administration, abortion would be allowed in the case of rape.

An exemption for rape, though, is not included in the platform set to be adopted by the party Romney will officially lead when he accepts the Republican nomination next week.

And Ryan, his vice presidential pick, has opposed exceptions for rape and voted alongside Akin in the House, though Ryan now says he defers to Romney's position on the matter.

Republican officials said the language in the platform was "100% pro-life" but stressed that the document has to remain vague and avoid specific language about abortion exceptions because different states have varying abortion regulations.

In the abortion and "sanctity of life" platform, Republicans also outlined its opposition to federally-funded embryonic stem cell research and demanded that the government "not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage."

Additionally, the party inserted a "salute" to states pushing "informed consent" laws – an apparent reference to ultrasound bills that have moved through some state legislatures – "mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation."

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soundoff (343 Responses)
  1. pat

    There is nothing wrong with abortion. What's the big deal?

    August 21, 2012 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  2. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Some clown in a moment of levity, I hope, wrote: "Romney and the GOP will get our country back on track."

    Ahahahaha Back is right, back in the early 1800s. The only track they are on is the crazy train to ruining women's rights and the middle class as a whole.

    August 21, 2012 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  3. wildernessyes

    The gop and conservatives are just awful. They have nothing good to offer the American people. Lets vote them out in a big way this year and start building a sustainable, friendly, free and kind nation. It is time to move beyond their hate, intolerance and ugly attempts to control our Grandmother's, Mother's, Daughter's, Sister's, Aunts... lives.

    Do you really think the likes of Akin and his pals (Ryan) is where our future is based? I don't.

    August 21, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  4. Jack

    Abortion is not a problem in this country. Could we reduce the number of abortions? Probably, if we had better sex education and promoted contraception. An abortion is a decision to be made between a patient and her doctor and, if they chose (and ONLY if they chose), their relgious adviser. Keep the gov't out of it.

    August 21, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  5. amlcpamaine

    And where are the JOBS programs?!?

    August 21, 2012 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  6. Charlie from the North

    For a party who claims to "want the government to stop over-regulating," they sure do want to push women around pretty much.

    So women ask yourself this: what are the chances you might get very wealthy some day? 1%

    what are the chances you might need healthcare some day? 100%

    What are the chances that you might get old some day? 100%

    You know the billionaires will be voting their interests.

    Why would you vote against your own interest?

    August 21, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  7. Fupped Duck

    Lets vote for a bunch of guys who want to tell women what to stick and not stick inside themselves. These guys are smart you know. They are politicians....

    August 21, 2012 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  8. VictoryGin

    The Republican Creed: the right to life begins at conception and ends at birth...

    August 21, 2012 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  9. oldfoxbob

    Hey "Here we go again"...and others like you...You suggest adoption instead of abortion...great...How many have you adopted? I have two sons I adopted...and I am a firm believer its the woman's body not mine and SHE had the say in what happens to it. Then there are you who say...let her have the child in the event of Rape...There has been many a great person come out of rape....Name one? I know of no Thomas Edison like person as the result of rape. Not saying there isnt.. Just not very many ,yet there are rapes every day. The result of rape child is a constant reminder of a horrible event in the life of the mother...The child is many time abused, neglected, hated and despised. Why would any one in their right mind want to have that hate inflicted upon the child and the mother? I just want to know when the Republican party is going to out law Viagra and Prostate exams for men since they want to only control the body of the women! Now you can yell at me!

    August 21, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    This is what you get when you put the 'invasive procedures' governor in charge of the platform.

    August 21, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  11. Ana

    I thought the GOP wants small government. Please keep your hands off my body

    August 21, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  12. CatSh

    Usually, I hear these sound bites and they sound awful. Then I read to the whole quote and it isn't so bad.
    This time I have to say the sound bite sounds much better than the sheer depth of ignorance in the whole quote.
    I really don't care about his poorly-worded comments. But I'm agast at the ignorance revealed in this mans comments. We really need to invest more in education – particularly science – if for no other reason than to improve the quality of our public officers.

    August 21, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  13. Antoinette Tow

    Answer me this. There are three things in life that I feel are nobody's business wether it be the government or your next door neighbor. They are: Same sex marriages, if you wish to terminate a pregnancy and religion. These issues do not belong to the government they belong to each and every individual to choose there own course. So everybody should just butt out.

    August 21, 2012 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  14. I Get It

    Democrat platform committee approves liberal Anti-Life platform. It just how you word it for desired affect.

    August 21, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  15. CatSh

    Usually, I hear these sound bites and they sound awful. Then I read to the whole quote and it isn't so bad.
    This time I have to say the sound bite sounds much better than the sheer depth of ign orance in the whole quote.
    I really don't care about his poorly-worded comments. But I'm agast at the ign orance revealed in this mans comments. We really need to invest more in education – particularly science – if for no other reason than to improve the quality of our public officers

    August 21, 2012 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  16. Christian Republican And Proud

    I can't wait for Romney to be elected president and outlaw abortion and contraception. All women should be forced to "be fruitfull and multiply" as Holy God says in the Bible. Romney/Ryan should also outlaw beating off, as it is half of an abortion.

    August 21, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    GOP Platform 2012: All your wombz are belong to us.

    August 21, 2012 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    Next thing you know they'll be demanding that all women must have their uterus tatooed with a serial number.

    August 21, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  19. notogop

    At what point in pregnancy can one start claiming a fetus as a tax deduction?

    August 21, 2012 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  20. once upon a horse

    Cong Akin made a statement that women have a way of NOT becoming pregnant if being raped because some certain hormone kicks in to prevent it. Well if that is indeed the case I suggest that women find a way for this hormone to kick in when they are having sex and don't want to get pregnant with their husband or male friend. That would take care of the birth control issue and abortion don't you think?

    August 21, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  21. Trailboss

    Well the GAS,OIL and PETROLEUM party is at it again but these guy's can't run a fair political campaign because the private meeting is becoming public because they're so excited that they can't wait to stick it to you.What I don't understand is why the women and their supporter's. The guy's that vote for your party that has wive's,mother's and don't forget daddy's little girl how could you put this in front of your child's health and welfare because of hate... you have already proved how cold your party is we have disable can't get help but you want us to vote for you again and don't care about my job or my family if you did you'll understand that country come first. Remember N -O-V- 6.

    August 21, 2012 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  22. notogop

    At another site someone wrote "If a woman could register her uterus as a corporation, the Republicans would never vote for abortion".

    August 21, 2012 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  23. Jack

    The Republican party who don't approve or believe in abortions Just self aborted themselves from this election. Thank God

    August 21, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  24. Kielhwl

    Republican platform. We think all life is sacred...but don't even think about putting restrictions on our semi-automatic guns...and got to have that there death penalty...and don't want no health care for them useless poor people...and why should we have any money going to pay for kids to have a good lunch at school...and why should we care if families are sleeping in cars..cause you know, we're the party of christians and patriots.

    August 21, 2012 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  25. Samantha

    Christian Republican- it is not your job nor their job to tell women what they can and cant do based on your religion! serperation of church and state and here we have freedom of religion. women have the right to choose, its not your job to push the Bible into womens faces and say what they cant and can do.

    August 21, 2012 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
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