RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally
January 6th, 2014
09:17 AM ET
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RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will free up a couple of hours during its winter meeting this January so members can attend the annual March for Life in Washington, CNN confirmed Monday.

The rally, a major event in the anti-abortion rights movement, is scheduled for January 22, when the three-day RNC winter meeting is set to begin. The date also marks the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling, known as Roe v. Wade, in favor of abortion rights .

The Washington Times first reported the RNC's decision to pause for the rally.

In a statement to CNN, GOP spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski noted this is the first time RNC members will be in Washington for the meeting at the same time as the march, and many expressed interest in attending the event.

The RNC last held its winter meeting in the Washington, D.C. area in 2011. The meeting took place from January 12-14, while March for Life was held on January 24.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made the decision to shift part of the winter meeting's schedule to allow some time for the march and will attend the rally, himself. The RNC will also provide buses so members can get to and from the rally.

"The chairman decided it was important to give everyone an opportunity to go," she said.

The March for Life rally starts at noon on January 22.

Kukowski said registration for the winter meeting and some small meetings will continue in the morning, but the RNC will push the start of its big meetings until the middle of the afternoon.

In 2012, the RNC re-approved the GOP platform's language on abortion, endorsing again a "human life amendment" to the Constitution, which would oppose abortion without making exceptions for rape or incest.

That position was more hardline than that of the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who said anti-abortion laws should include an exception for rape.

High-profile political figures who attended last year's march included Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who battled Romney late into the 2012 GOP primary and caucus season. House Speaker John Boehner delivered a message via video.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.


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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. O'drama ya Mama

    Republicans: "We are the party of personal freedom, just not this one."

    January 6, 2014 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  2. Name jk. Sfl. GOP CRUZ lee&rubio 24billion dallar LOSS of your tax money conservatives,the garbage of America.

    The GOP party of STUPID continues to push social issues that they attached to all their so called jobs bills that most of the country DOSENT support.in spite of CNN polls, the GOP will take massive loses in 2014 midterms pushing their one trick pony anti healthcare LOSING agenda that even their GOP supporters WONT vote for!!!!

    January 6, 2014 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  3. Lynda/Minnesota

    "RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made the decision to shift part of the winter meeting's schedule to allow some time for the march and will attend the rally, himself. The RNC will also provide buses so members can get to and from the rally."

    Well of course he'll be there. Great fundraiser ... especially for a man who will never ever face the personal decisions that every woman who has ever had an abortion has had to face.

    It is very easy to sit back and judge others, though. Very easy indeed.

    January 6, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  4. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Here you go again RNC. Have you not learned anything? The war on women continues.

    January 6, 2014 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  5. Rick McDaniel

    This is still the issue driving women voters away from the GOP. This one, single issue.

    January 6, 2014 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    big deal...so the panderers can go out and meet the religious nuts that rule the party in hope of currying their favor in upcoming elections???

    January 6, 2014 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    In 2012, the RNC re-approved the GOP platform's language on abortion, endorsing again a "human life amendment" to the Constitution, which would oppose abortion without making exceptions for rape or incest.
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    You forget about the part where they want to repeal or change several other Amendments to the Constitution. Most of them do not accept the 1st Amendment's seperation of church and state. They think that "establishment of religion" means the government starting a religion of its' own, rather than true meaning being synonymous with "house of worship."

    Republicans endorsed a lot of theologically driven policies. If they want to ban abortion, then they need to come up with a better argument than quotes from a religious text. If they want to ban same-sex marriage, then they need to come up with a better argument than quotes from a religious text.

    If Republicans want to be taken seriously, then they need to stop cherry picking quotes from their religious texts.

    January 6, 2014 09:55 am at 9:55 am |
  8. Randy, San Francisco

    Nothing was learned from the last two presidential losses. The Republican Tea Party extreme hardline positions on social issues do not resonate with a majority of voters.

    January 6, 2014 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  9. Rusty Krus

    This is great! Keep driving women out of your base!

    January 6, 2014 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  10. Marie MD

    I hope they are also out there tomorrow. Temps expected to be around 7 degrees!
    I love how these so called christians/teaklans/repugs don't want government to tell them what to do until it has to do with women's right.
    McAuliffe is already hearing from groups about a couple of his choices!!!

    January 6, 2014 10:20 am at 10:20 am |
  11. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    RNC Platform: We're against abortions because we prefer that your child grows up in poverty on food stamps then joins our armed forces and dies overseas.

    January 6, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Green mountain

    How does anyone craft an arguement that supports killing babies?

    January 6, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  13. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote out the Repub/tea bag majority

    "In 2012, the RNC re-approved the GOP platform's language on abortion, endorsing again a "human life amendment" to the Constitution, which would oppose abortion without making exceptions for rape or incest."

    This is why repubs must never control the White House, Congress, the Senate and the Supreme Court. Their "christian" sharia law has no place in America.

    January 6, 2014 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  14. smith

    This issue is a loser for the gop, just like the war on firearms is a loser for the dems. Why waste time on these pointless issues? Its time to move on from these issues and go forward.

    January 6, 2014 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote out the Repub/tea bag majority

    @Rick McDaniel: "This is still the issue driving women voters away from the GOP. This one, single issue."

    Yes, and driving them to the Democrats who believe in the radical idea that women are people, too.

    January 6, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  16. ThinkAgain - If you want Congress to actually do something FOR the American people, vote out the Repub/tea bag majority

    If religious groups want to set and support political policy, then they should start paying taxes.

    January 6, 2014 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  17. current state of the union

    I love watching the sanctimonious rwnj try to explain why their ideology is the one that matters, and you should just bow to their superior judgement. They only cherry pick lines that they agree with, never mind the rest, IRS, benghazi, nsa, only goal is to misinform, how far can you get with that? Unfortunately, all the way to the white house with the uninformed, hate driven public.

    January 6, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    This will serve as a stark reminder to people that the GOP's sermons on personal freedom and limited government are nothing more than exercises in hypocrisy. Over the decades, they have attempted to pass Federal laws to , among other things, control teens necking in public, yet asking them to support legislation to bring the pay of women up to the same level as a man is greeted with a blank stare, if not a snort of derision.

    January 6, 2014 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -Green mountain

    How does anyone craft an arguement that supports killing babies?
    ***************
    How does anyone craft an argument that says to hell with them once they are born? How is the GOP obcession with other people's sex lives going to help the unborn?

    January 6, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  20. Rudy NYC

    If religious groups want to set and support political policy, then they should start paying taxes.
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    I strongly disagree. Fine them. Some of these Christian conservative groups need to practice what they preach and stay completely out of politics. I've always thought that the only public places to preach the gospel are supposed to be religious establishements. Otherwise, you observe The Word in private.

    January 6, 2014 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  21. guest

    the young man in the picture is wearing both a hooded sweatshirt and a scowl. Where is George Zimmerman to deal with this?

    January 6, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  22. Fair is Fair

    "If they want to ban abortion, then they need to come up with a better argument than quotes from a religious text."
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    Last time I checked, murder was against the law in all 50 states (57 if you're Obama).

    January 6, 2014 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  23. guest

    Ah the good all authoritarian/fascists at it again. Only thing they really mean by 'smaller government' is to kill off the EPA and banking regulations. They want to control your every thought while having free reign to destroy our environment and bilk the american people through legislation creating insider trading.

    January 6, 2014 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  24. HenryMiller

    Right when the GOP really needs to pull together to cure the country of the cancer of Progressivism, it's not a good time to go divisive with abortion. The GOP either for individual rights, or they're not. Choose the former and they'll get my vote, and that of a lot of other people; choose the latter and I have a tough decision to make: I can go with a party that opposes individual economic rights, or a party that opposes individual behavioural rights. Frankly, given that option, I'd stay home next November–no matter who wins, I lose.

    January 6, 2014 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  25. HenryMiller

    @guest: "Ah the good all authoritarian/fascists at it again."

    The Democrats are just as authoritarian and just as fascistic when it comes to things like Obamacare. The only difference between the anti-abortion GOP nuts and the Progressive Democrat nuts is the mix of freedoms they'd deny.

    January 6, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
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