First on CNN: GOP urges candidates to stand ground on abortion
Anti-abortion supporters and pro-abortion rights supporters crowd into the rotunda of the Texas capitol, Monday, July 1, 2013, in Austin, Texas.
January 21st, 2014
12:09 PM ET
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First on CNN: GOP urges candidates to stand ground on abortion

Washington (CNN) – A faction of conservatives will introduce a resolution at this week's meeting of the Republican National Committee urging GOP candidates to speak up about abortion and respond forcefully against Democratic efforts to paint them as anti-woman extremists.

The "Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy," drafted by Delaware National Committeewoman Ellen Barrosse and co-sponsored by 15 other RNC members, urges the party organization to "support Republican pro-life candidates who fight back against Democratic deceptive 'war on women' rhetoric by pointing out the extreme positions on abortion held by Democratic opponents."

The language of the resolution, provided to CNN by Barrosse, cites polling data showing majority opposition to late-term abortions and support for parental consent laws.

"The Republican National Committee urges all Republican pro-life candidates, consultants, and other national Republican Political Action Committees to reject a strategy of silence on the abortion issue when candidates are attacked with 'war on women' rhetoric," the resolution reads.

Barrosse said she wrote the resolution, in part, because GOP candidates like presidential nominee Mitt Romney and Virginia gubernatorial candidate Ken Cuccinelli failed to defend themselves against a barrage of "war on women" attacks unleashed by Democrats in 2012 and 2013.

She said Republicans who oppose abortion have an obligation to confront the hot button issue during their campaigns, rather than hope it disappears.
"Not talking about it has not worked well for us," Barrosse told CNN in an interview. "Not responding has not worked well for us. It's a conversation the party has to have."

The 168-member RNC is gathering this week in Washington to huddle on party strategy and vote on a series of rules changes that will affect the 2016 presidential nomination process, proposals that were reported by CNN last year. The meeting also happens to coincide with the annual March for Life, an anti-abortion demonstration that some RNC members, including party chairman Reince Priebus, are expected to join.

The new abortion language will be introduced Wednesday at a session of the RNC's resolutions committee, and may face some changes before it moves on to the full committee for a Friday vote.

Asked about the resolution, RNC spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski called it "one of the first steps for the GOP to start taking back messaging on this false war on women."

"It provides guidance on messaging, on how to do that, and how we can positively promote our social agenda using facts," she said.

Read the full text of the RNC resolution below:

RESOLUTION ON REPUBLICAN PRO-LIFE STRATEGY

Whereas, The Democrats have waged a deceptive "War on Women" attack against Republican pro-life candidates, demonizing them and manipulating American voters;

Whereas, The Republican Party is proud to stand up for the rights of the unborn and believe all Americans have an unalienable right to life as stated in The Declaration of Independence;

Whereas, Pro-life Republicans should fight back against deceptive rhetoric regardless of those in the Republican Party who encourage them to stay silent;

Whereas, Candidates who stay silent on pro-life issues do not identify with key voters, fail to alert voters to the Democrats' extreme pro-abortion stances, and have lost their elections;

Whereas, According to the extensive polling conducted by Gallup since 1975, many Republican stances regarding abortion garner at least 60 % support from the public and across the political spectrum:

· 87% support informed-consent laws about certain possible risks of the abortion procedure;
· 80% support banning abortion during the 3rd trimester;
· 71% support parental consent laws;
· 69% support imposing a 24-hour wait period before an abortion;
· 64% of Americans support banning abortion during the 2nd trimester;
· 64% support banning partial-birth abortion;
· 64% support spousal notification laws that require the husband to be simply notified if his wife seeks an abortion;

Whereas, Staying silent fails because this strategy allows Democrats to define the Republican brand and prevents the Republican Party from taking advantage of widely supported pro-life positions listed above to attract traditional and new values voters; and

Whereas, Staying silent fails to alert voters to the Democrats' extreme pro-abortion stances, which voters are repelled by; therefore let it be

RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee condemns the Democrats' deceptive "war on women" rhetoric;

RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee will support Republican pro-life candidates who fight back against Democratic deceptive "war on women" rhetoric by pointing out the extreme positions on abortion held by Democratic opponents;

RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee will not support the strategy of Republican pro-life candidates who stay silent in the face of such deceptive rhetoric; and,

RESOLVED, The Republican National Committee urges all Republican pro-life candidates, consultants, and other national Republican Political Action Committees to reject a strategy of silence on the abortion issue when candidates are attacked with "war on women" rhetoric.

Chief Sponsor: Ellen Barrosse, NCW, DE

Co-Sponsors:
Debbie Joslin, NCW, AK
Ed Martin, Chairman, MO
Morton Blackwell, NCM, VA
Kathy Hayden, NCW, VA
Donna Cain, NCW, OR
Solomon Yue, NCM, OR
Demetra DeMonte, NCW, IL
Melody Potter, NCW, WV
Kris Warner, NCM, WV
Ron Philips, Chairman, DC
Pat Longo, NCW, CT
Bruce Ash, NCM, AZ
Steve Scheffler, NCM, IA
Dave Agema, NCM, MI
Robin Armstrong, NCM, TX


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soundoff (180 Responses)
  1. GOP = Greed Over People

    Yep, you GOP guys are really on to something now!

    January 21, 2014 12:12 pm at 12:12 pm |
  2. Lynda/Minnesota

    "urges the party organization to "support Republican pro-life candidates who fight back against Democratic deceptive 'war on women' rhetoric by pointing out the extreme positions on abortion held by Democratic opponents."

    Looks like one of the only demographics the RNC has left as donors are the anti-abortion folks. Not to belittle Mr. Todd Akin, but surely the GOP hasn't thought this through.

    January 21, 2014 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. Gurgyl

    Abortion should be left to women. Period. If a woman can not feed the child–she has not right to have it. It should not be left to political constrains nor to political gains. We are in 21st century–not in 2nd century.

    January 21, 2014 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  4. The Real Tom Paine

    Yes, please do: it will make beating you that much easier.

    January 21, 2014 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  5. just saying

    the democrats war on babies and their pro-murder positions are as extreme as it gets. heck, they even support killing kids as they are bing born. democrats, the party of criminals.

    January 21, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  6. ja

    didn't america deal with abortion years ago thru the supreme court, what the hell is going on, the bigots has risen again, as a male how the hell do you dictate what a woman does with her body, or are you playing God, let a child be born into the world and then take all resources for selves, healthcare education, employment if any at slave wages

    January 21, 2014 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  7. Ol' Yeller

    "A faction of conservatives will introduce a resolution at this week's meeting of the Republican National Committee urging GOP candidates to speak up about abortion and respond forcefully against Democratic efforts to paint them as anti-woman extremists."

    This stratergy is brilliant!!! Their effort to thwart the Democratic efforts to paint them as anti-woman extremists is to act like anti-woman extremists.

    I may be jumping out there early with this prediction, but I see them being being very, very successful in their efforts to present themselvess as anti-woman extremists.
    If it looks like a duck, and walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck....

    January 21, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  8. Warren

    · 87% support informed-consent laws about certain possible risks of the abortion procedure;
    · 80% support banning abortion during the 3rd trimester;
    · 71% support parental consent laws;
    · 69% support imposing a 24-hour wait period before an abortion;
    · 64% of Americans support banning abortion during the 2nd trimester;
    · 64% support banning partial-birth abortion;
    · 64% support spousal notification laws that require the husband to be simply notified if his wife seeks an abortion;

    Where are they getting these numbers from??

    January 21, 2014 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  9. NEVER to VOTE REPUBLICAN again

    RIP GOP! Women are uniting to vote your sorry a*%#$ out!

    January 21, 2014 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  10. Lynda/Minnesota

    Just to be clear: I understand that this is the GOP modus operandi for ALL demographics; but pitting mother against daughter, sister against sister, wife against husband in the year 2014 isn't a winning strategy.

    January 21, 2014 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  11. Winning

    I too urge them to continue to take a hard line on this issue, it can only serve to lessen their influence in national politics.

    January 21, 2014 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  12. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Keep running on abortion and you'll lose every time. Just look at how well that worked out for Cuccinelli.

    January 21, 2014 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. rla

    Good for them- someone has to stand up and say I BELIEVE this and not be cowed by the extreme secular progressives! OR as I have started callng it the church of progressive ignorance

    January 21, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  14. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    I hate the idea of killing life. But who is gonna pay for all the unwanted children? I mean come on conservatives, u dont want welfare,yet you want to force poor woman to give birth? Im confused.

    January 21, 2014 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  15. Rudy NYC

    The "Resolution on Republican Pro-Life Strategy," drafted by Delaware National Committeewoman Ellen Barrosse and co-sponsored by 15 other RNC members, urges the party organization to "support Republican pro-life candidates who fight back against Democratic deceptive 'war on women' rhetoric by pointing out the extreme positions on abortion held by Democratic opponents."
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    What extreme positions is she talking about? Does this mean that they might plan to manufacture straw man arguments? I don't know. One thing is for sure, the right wing still hasn't figured out that they have a serious messaging problem. The "stupid party's" clown car is still growing and evolving into a big hayride, which is most unfortunate, too.

    Whatever happened to that "makeover" that they were going to impose upon themselves? Is this part of it? I think they're just too arrogant and self-righteous to see themselves as what they've really become. More times than not, they come across as a pack ranting, raging berzerkers and raving lunatics. That's just how extreme that they've become. What passes for moderate has now become extreme to them. It's pitiful, really.

    January 21, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    " 87% support informed-consent laws about certain possible risks of the abortion procedure;"

    Ah yes, but when you ask for approval of certain specific statements, it suddenly changes. GOPers/Teatrolls dictating that a woman must be told "you may be killing a viable baby," even at 12 weeks...that kind of crap does a giant belly flop in polls, so they ask it in a general sense, which is redundant because all doctors must obtain informed consent anyway.

    And, of course, the rest of the list reads as a GOP/Teatroll wishlist that the law, case law precedent and women's rights under the Constitution be changed, trampled and subjugated.

    But hey, if the GOP/Teatrolls think running around inaccurately accusing their Dem/liberal opponents of supporting and encouraging abortions in all circumstances or deliberately trying to twist their positions into sounding like they are extremist, that's fine and dandy. Please proceed. See where and what it gets you. Embrace the backfire.

    January 21, 2014 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  17. Fair is Fair

    Using birth control would solve 99.9% of the problem.

    January 21, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  18. Sniffit

    " 87% support informed-consent laws about certain possible risks of the abortion procedure;"

    Ah yes, but when you ask for approval of certain specific statements, it suddenly changes. GOPers/Teatrolls dictating that a woman must be told "you may be killing a viable baby," even at 12 weeks...that kind of crap does a giant belly flop in polls, so they ask it in a general sense, which is redundant because all doctors must obtain informed consent anyway.

    And, of course, the rest of the list reads as a GOP/Teatroll wishlist that the law, case law precedent and women's rights under the Constitution be changed, trampled and subjugated. .

    January 21, 2014 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  19. Lynda/Minnesota

    "More times than not, they come across as a pack ranting, raging berzerkers and raving lunatics."

    Agreed. Added to which they then get all huffy because those they've insulted the most don't want to be their BFF voting buddies.

    January 21, 2014 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  20. Fair is Fair

    J'Cincinnati'Redd

    I hate the idea of killing life. But who is gonna pay for all the unwanted children? I mean come on conservatives, u dont want welfare,yet you want to force poor woman to give birth? Im confused.
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    "Unwanted children"... I really hate that euphamism. Especially when there's so many ways to prevent an "unwanted child". Pregancy is the natural result of the activity UNLESS preventative measures are taken.

    January 21, 2014 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  21. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    There was a story out yesterday in the news of a guy with HIV who purposely spreaded it out to 31 other people. Let's hypothetically say one of those women got impregnated by him and doesn't want to have the child, it's not the role of the government to tell her that she has to have the child.

    January 21, 2014 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  22. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Sorry if it hurts your feelings that I want to terminate 1 of my million little soldiers who busted out of Magnum Penitentiary.

    January 21, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  23. Malory Archer

    They don't protest outside private physican offices because they don't care when women who can afford a private physician seek this legal procedure. This is really all about stigmatizing poor women, and women of color who they believe seek the services of abortion providers in greater numbers.

    January 21, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  24. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Only poor woman should have abortions. I know that sounds cruel and it hurts me to say it. But let's be honest, poor woman produce poor americans. 5% Make it out,but most of them end up with their hands out. I have a fed program that would work. Every woman get a 1000$ Check every 6months if they get a birth control shot. So the flux of poor children will slow. And the economy would get a big boost because the woman will spend the money right away! What do you guys think about that?

    January 21, 2014 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  25. soundpam

    ria – I stand up & say "I Believe" in Jesus & since Jesus didn't have a problem with abortion (it was common in His time & was even the job of priests – also, there are recipes for abortion potions in the Bible) I support a WOMAN's right to choose. My questions for you: Why do you place yourself above Jesus? Why do you ignore Jesus' teachings? Why are you trying to remake Jesus & God in your own ignorant, hate-filled, judgmental image? And finally, don't you realize you are committing blasphemy & God has a special place reserved for you in hell? I will pray for you.

    January 21, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
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