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. Malory Archer

    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.

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    His question was who is going to pay for the children once they're born?

    January 21, 2014 01:03 pm at 1:03 pm |
  2. gypsyalso

    why in the world is abortion even an issue? it should be up to the woman, her doctor and hopefully the father of the child. not the politician. politicians should take care of things that are their responsibility – budget – no more wars, infrastructure etc.

    January 21, 2014 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  3. John in Brooklyn

    In other words "Let's double down on our war on women since its working so well for us."

    January 21, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    @ fair is fair.
    You are 100% correct. There is no such thing as an "Unwanted child". Thank you!

    January 21, 2014 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair

    Using birth control would solve 99.9% of the problem.
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    Yeah, it would. Except that the most political correct opinion in the right wing is to be against all forms of birth control.

    January 21, 2014 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  6. DarqueSide

    By all means allow the lunatic fringe to dictate the direction of the GOP! As if they weren't already racing toward extinction, this will certainly fast-track the GOPs demise.

    January 21, 2014 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    ""Unwanted children"... I really hate that euphemism"

    Really? Orphanages are full of them. It's not a euphemism. It's a fact. People spending $30,000-$40,000 in adoption fees want a "perfect little angel" that comes with the characteristics and pedigree they're looking for, not (for example) one born with a pre-existing condition that might make raising it a lot more expensive or involve lifelong care, etc. But hey, if we just cut off SCHIP and a whole host of other social assistance, maybe those "unwanted" ones will just die off faster and we can just chalk it up to survival of the fittest and God's Grand Plan, right?

    January 21, 2014 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  8. rs

    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.
    ---
    "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.
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    Preventive measures the GOP has attacked on "religious grounds". They can't play both sides on this one.

    January 21, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. HenryMiller

    It disappoints me badly that the social-values would-be tyrants of the GOP seem so determined to utterly blow the opportunity handed to them by the Obamacare disaster and half a decade of Democratic incompetence.

    January 21, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. chaing

    Now here's another issue the gop want to target. Sheeeeeesch!! What decade are they in?? Quit telling us how to live and handle our lives!!

    January 21, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    I bet it is that Fair is going to support your child–get that guy to pay. Or tell it nothing to do with these CHURCHES–to intrude into your affairs. It should be left to women's choice. When India with one billion population, the most conservative, God obeying nation supports Abortion–what happened to USA. Sad, church dominates the life?

    January 21, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Lucas

    The GOP is so naive- I know; I'm one of them! They're always on the defensive. Time to go on the offensive!

    January 21, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. suk1gopeee

    "a faction" – kind of says it all

    January 21, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  14. Kris

    It is no one's business what a woman does medically with her body, abortion or not. The GOP saying the Democrats use rhetoric to fight against the GOP attempts at controlling a woman's body is laughable. The GOP always cries for less gov't intervention, unless it is something they want to control. They are a stupid bunch.

    January 21, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Abortion and birth controls and forced tube tying (my feeble attempt at controlling welfare) helps this over-populated planet. But, for all you pro-lifers - raise your hand if you took in an unwanted baby !

    January 21, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  16. kiki

    Guess anything to avoid talking about the economy and their dearth of ideas for dealing with unemployment, stagnant wages and our failing educational system, etc. They are a party without a plan.

    January 21, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  17. Bill Cassara

    Winning elections is not worth sacrificing your soul. Abortion is murder. You can use nice terms like "pro choice" but the bottom line is you are killing a child. I would rather lose an election than sacrifice my core beliefs.

    January 21, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. I R Amazed

    I am very pro choice.
    However, I do feel there are some constraints. If the fetus is healthy, there is no reason to extend the window beyond 20 weeks. If you can't make up your mind by the 20th week, you've pretty much decided to carry to term and give birth. While it is ultimately the mother's decision, the father, when possible, should have some say. So-called partial birth abortions, that is, late term abortions, as well as any abortion after the 20th week, should only be performed when the health of the mother is threatened.
    But I need to remind the Christian anti abortion folk that your religion does not rule here, especially when the mother is a Jew. Jewish scripture not only allows for abortion, it also says that God does not consider the fetus to be a life until more than half has emerged from the birth canal. Until such time, that fetus is only a potential life. And considering that your religion is built upon all of the Jewish scripture, your fervent rantings about the zygote or the fetus being alive are trash.

    January 21, 2014 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. James

    If people really wanted to reduce abortion, they'd focus on education and family planning. Lower the rates of unwanted conception and you will lower the rates of abortion. Of course this requires accepting the FACT that people copulate for reasons other than reproduction, and in many cases these people aren't married or even in committed relationships.

    Beyond that, unless it's your body or your genes, mind your own business. If god has a problem with it, let god deal with it, and keep politics out of it.

    January 21, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  20. iwatsu

    that's right, put another round in the chamber to shoot yourself in the foot GOP

    January 21, 2014 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  21. G-Simms

    They still haven't learned from 2012. Just goes to show u who they really are, obstructionists. Wake up in 2014, people. It's really about to get serious, and Nov. 4th is the day to make your voice be heard.

    January 21, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  22. just saying

    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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    people are standing in line to adopt infants. they even adopt from overseas at a very high cost. there are many many homes waiting to adopt these kids. democrats support abortion/murder as a form of birth control. given the easy access and low cost of birth control these days there is absolutely no reason to be killing millions of babies. being irresponsible does not grant one a license to kill.

    January 21, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  23. StepheninTN

    The headline could've just as truthfully read, "GOP realizes it no longer has any standing on fiscal issues, so they fall back on women's reproduction."

    January 21, 2014 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  24. Larry L

    @Fair is Fair

    Using birth control would solve 99.9% of the problem.
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    You're correct. Unfortunately, birth control methods aren't 100% effective and women who are raped may not feel they needed birth control.

    Three examples of irony and hypocrisy are demonstrated in this Republican fiasco. The same groups who want to prevent women from controlling their reproductive systems also consider birth control sinful. Many of the folks who want to control abortion want a smaller, non-invasive government. Those who constantly complain about "Welfare Moms" fight to create more children for the system to support.

    January 21, 2014 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  25. SteveInMN

    DFL faction: Let's talk about death penalty

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