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. bspurloc

    Talking Ponts:
    Gift of Life
    Legitimate R(A)pe
    V(A)gin(A)l Probe
    Get me a Beer

    January 21, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. pplr1

    Glad the GOP is pointing out one of its best points.

    I'll point out that at one time slavery was once common in the US and look where it is now.

    January 21, 2014 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. boof

    "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 problem with the republican party is that when they do talk about this issue or any others they come off sounding like complete morons! Listen, you are not going to stop abortion and god is not real. the more you guys talk about that nonsense the worse you come off. If you can't win not talking about it and you can't win talking about it, maybe you shouldn't be around.

    January 21, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. sly

    The Confederates are trying to find a new way to shut down America's government.

    Come on man – y'all lost the Civil War, get over it, and join the 21st century.

    January 21, 2014 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  5. Tannim

    So the alleged party of "small government" is going to continue to advocate for more government intervention into private lives by continuing to mistakenly conflate a legal and a biological status. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?

    If the GOP wishes to surivive, it needs to kick the social issues to the curb and focus on limited government, economic freedom, and personal freedom.

    January 21, 2014 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  6. Boo

    The GOP just does not get it....I hope they crash and burn in this year's elections....

    January 21, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  7. yolanda

    What a shame that the Republican party cannot move away from the extremists who demand to force their beliefs on reproduction on others. If someone does not believe in abortion then they should not have one. No one is proposing a law demanding abortions for anyone. Nor should anyone legislate that those wanting/needing an abortion cannot have access to one. We are not an endangered species.....

    January 21, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  8. edpeters101

    Works for me. They don't have a clue about imagration, fair pay, Woman's rights, unemployment help, the economy, jobs, Health care, how the IRS works, feeding the poor, ETC.!

    January 21, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. maine liberal

    The 168-member RNC is gathering this week in Washington to huddle on party strategy and vote on a series of rules changes" they speak for everyone

    January 21, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  10. Perry Hansen

    "Whereas, Staying silent fails because this strategy allows Democrats to define the Republican brand"...working for the BRAND ... NOT for the people?

    January 21, 2014 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  11. Tom Bukowski

    Must be a smaller, less intrusive government thing The GOP, the Daddy Party. They'll decide who gets the keys to the car.
    Stay out of peoples lives, mind your own house..

    January 21, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  12. Drano

    God Bless the GOP....they keep talking about abortion and we progressives will keep winning elections!

    January 21, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  13. sgordon1234

    abortion laws are already in place quit creating more fear to change a law that gives a woman the right to choose.

    January 21, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  14. ana

    How about a law where a man must tell a woman who else he has impregnated during the marriage, otherwise, the woman can legally cut it off?

    January 21, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  15. Demigod Vadik, CA

    This is always a "winning" Republican strategy on which they have been losing over the last 10 years...

    ...yeah Cons...remind women again who you are...

    January 21, 2014 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  16. Brucina

    Silly GOP, how can you deny a woman her absolute-given-by-God right to chop up their own younglings? Ah the glorious empowerment we feel when we snip the spinal cord with scissors! Free at last! should be the mantra of us all when at last the portion of our body called the heart-of-the fetus becomes still! To know that that cancer within our wombs only feels a moment of terror and pain in order to provide us a lifetime of liberation! Oh glorious age of enlightenment!!!!

    January 21, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  17. Dan

    ha ha the old white conservatives want to make it law to inform the spouse if the wife has an abortion. lol, what if the kid isn't his. gotta keep those women barefoot and in the kitchen, you see what happened when they got those voting rights.

    January 21, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  18. Mr. Moderate

    The problem is that these Republicans equate letting women keep a very difficult decision between them and their health care provider free of government interference (usually a very conservative position) with an "extreme position" on abortion. That is a losing strategy that will not increase their dwindling appeal.

    January 21, 2014 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  19. QS

    If anybody didn't see this coming, they are naïve and need to pay closer attention to what conservatism is really all about.

    Doubling down on their anti-everything agenda was always going to be part of their so-called "rebranding" efforts, which again, makes those who actually believed that when they made the claim, naïve.

    January 21, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  20. Davo

    Hey GOP....a thought for some day getting to the White House. Put the bible down.

    January 21, 2014 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  21. catlady

    It all boils down to choice and rights. You do not have the right to make a choice for me. You do not have a right to take a choice away from me. If you are pro-life or pro forced birth that is up to you alone. No one can make that decision for you .

    January 21, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  22. Craig

    I just don't understand how it can be argued that aborting a baby is part of family planning. So if a woman decides it wasn't in everyone's best interest that she had gotten pregnant...and that she is not financially, emotionally, physically ready to mother a baby while it's still inside of her that's OK...but then 1 minute after she has the baby, if she leaves it in the dumpster, she's going to jail. I mean...in theory...that's the cheapest way for a poor woman to handle that situation. Why is it humane somehow to kill the baby if it's never had a chance to see the light of day?

    January 21, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  23. Casandra

    The GOP wants to regulate Abortion but have no problem with Corporations poisoning the water in West Virginia.

    January 21, 2014 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  24. Michael Lindsay

    only people that hate would believe this gop grap this so called party from regan until today has and will be nothing but hate and as the saying goes birds of a feather flock together is the same and will never change hate is hate and you people and your party is hate and that is what you want america to know and what you want all the world to know is that in america that white "people low or high' class is better then anything and anyone and when this country fails it will be by the hand of a white man evil republican man

    January 21, 2014 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  25. Left of center social / right of center economic

    As a GOP'er who's sick & tired of hearing about this, time to give it up GOP. The US is left of center on this issue, and right of center on economic issues. We'd win if it weren't for this lunatic right. They're still fighting the gay marriage thing, even after the Pope has shown flexibility. Show me a candidate who runs against pro-choice, and I'll show you a candidate that will lose.

    January 21, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
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