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. James

    "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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    Yes, but what about after that? Once pregnancy takes place, it's a bit late to focus on the coulda/shoulda aspect. If you're not in a position to raise a child or don't like the idea of being a parent, it doesn't really matter if you should have done things differently because it's too late for that.

    January 21, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  2. chill

    So will they support GOP pro-CHOICE candidates who fail to follow this resolution. Only talks about pro-life candidates who don't follow the prescribed strategy.

    January 21, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  3. BobPitt

    that was settle a long time ago.. time to turn the page

    January 21, 2014 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  4. smith

    Loser issue for the GOP, jus like the anti-gun movement is a loser on the dems side. How about we just kick these two waste of time issues to the curb.

    January 21, 2014 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  5. Anastasia Beaverhausen

    Hey, what's the big deal? The GOP just wants control of all your money, your body, and all your legal rights.

    January 21, 2014 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  6. current state of the union

    If you've ever seriously wondered why your losing, here' s your sign. A woman's choice is now extreme pro abortion stance, you message is hard to deliver huh, I thinks its coming through loud and clear.

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

    If the GOP were really as pro-life as they claim, shouldn't they be fighting against the death penalty too?

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

    Over 10,000 pro-lifers in Dallas this past weekend. Great day.

    January 21, 2014 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  9. BeadlesAz

    Why would anyone want a politician making decisions about anything affecting their body? Meanwhile, those who understand the complexity of women's health issues should keep making their voices heard. We also need to give financial support to organizations such as Planned Parenthood and NARAL. Please donate what you can. Consider making a bequest in your estate planning. Keeping abortion safe, legal, and rare is a worthy effort.

    January 21, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  10. sbreezie

    out on the west coast we have begun viewing GOPers to be as weird as scientologists are – and i think anyone under 50 years of age probably thinks the same even in the flyover states. its going to take them a generation to fix their brand – if its even fixable.

    January 21, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  11. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    We all need to work together to find a solution.

    January 21, 2014 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  12. Mark

    Hey GOP: How about letting the woman decide what is best for her? It is HER BODY and HER CHOICE!!! Who cares about a fetus??? 70% of all fertilized eggs are never allowed to implant – so that makes GOD the largest abortion provider in the world (and don't we all want to be like God?) Well then, start scraping those uteruses!

    But members of the GOP are women-haters who believe that women can't think for themselves!

    January 21, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  13. EdwardTr

    It is like RNC using a script form an old movie "Now, do not worry your pretty little had about it, I will make all those troublesome decisions for you, You just go fetch me dinner'

    January 21, 2014 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @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
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    Yes it was – many years ago in 1776. Separation of church and state is not a mythology – it was the absolute intention of the founding fathers. They just left that nonsense in Europe!
    “The civil government functions with complete success by the total separation of the Church from the State.”
    ~James Madison, 1819

    January 21, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  15. EdwardTr

    It is like RNC using a script form an old movie "Now, do not worry your pretty little head about it, I will make all those troublesome decisions for you, You just go fetch me dinner'

    January 21, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  16. Mark

    Instead of outlawing abortions, we should just outlaw the GOP!!! After all, the GOP is responsible for the deaths of more innocent people than the Nazis! Besides, the Nazis were nice...

    January 21, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  17. DM

    The law is in place. Women have CHOICE. Why doesn't the GOP simply concentrate on lowering abortion rates through community work if someone else's choice isn't what they would do?

    January 21, 2014 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  18. Darw1n

    LOL so what. They can't do anything about the courts knocking down all their attempts at christo-fascist theocratic oppression.

    January 21, 2014 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  19. georgex9

    Obviously the new abortion clinic restrictions are not primarily attempts to keep women safer. They are attempts to prevent abortions which are piously religious motivations. The access to legally terminate pregnancies is important to people not having children they can not support. Having too many children leads to improper care and more criminals. Let's be clear about what is behind these intrusions into the very personal lives.

    January 21, 2014 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  20. Philip

    Seems the democrat party would want mandatory sterilization for the undesirables if it were proposed. It's a lot less messier than the currant practice

    January 21, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  21. Truth

    GOP is not pro-life, it is pro-birth. If it is a poor child they will just say that it is his/her fault that his/her parents did not plan ahead. This is exactly how they think. And their lovely little plans to try to outright ban abortions are quite frankly anti-female. SO the poor have two choices: back alley, or have the child (yay tax dollars). As for the richer ones, they can just cross state lines.

    January 21, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  22. rconatser1

    You cannot claim to be pro-life unless you advocate for the life of the child after it is born as well. Dictating what women do with their bodies, and then denying that child's right to equal education, health care and employment is not pro-life; it is simply Republican hypocrisy.

    January 21, 2014 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  23. shinden58

    Ever notice that the GOP is for limited government in our lives, until the topic of choice comes up, then they want to ram their ideology down our throats. Hypocrites, you can't have it both ways.

    January 21, 2014 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  24. ImvotingforHillary

    Where was all this concern for abortion when they controlled the WH, Supreme Court and Congress form 200-2006? They manage to give tax breaks to the rich and start wars, but did nothing for dead babies.

    January 21, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  25. Alex

    The GOP really needs to find candidates that don't use words like 'legitimate rape' and other such absurdities.

    January 21, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
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