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. Marie MD

    @dustyones, I hope your name has nothing to do as why you are do excited about 10,000 fools marching against women.
    The teaklans want government out of their lives but I don't understand why they continue their war against women to have that same government impose their beliefs on women.
    I want to see commercials about contraceptives for women not just about Viagra and cialis and testosterone underarm creams (that one turns me off). It's all about men having their way while women get pregnant, can't get an abortion and the guy skips out on her while the teaklans don't care about the child until they are old enough to send them to unnecessary and lies of a war.

    January 21, 2014 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  2. Craig

    By the way, in terms of women's rights to do what they wish as it is their body. I would accept that argument if another body wasn't impacted by the decision. Who would argue that if a woman willingly handcuffed herself to a man that she could then decide to cut his arm off when she was ready to be separated from him? No, you deal with the consequences of your decisions and actions...

    January 21, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  3. JohnH

    Yes, please please try and ram home that giant wedge issue during this next election. Maybe we can actually get some progressives in place if they start pouring their focus on debates they have already lost.

    January 21, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  4. Layla Godey

    If they would drop the religious basis of their pro-life stance, they'd be better able to address it. There Are a number (and growing) of pro-life atheists...

    January 21, 2014 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  5. bob

    Whereas, the GOP are lying to themselves;

    Whereas, the GOP have introduced numerous state bills to take away womens' rights and equal citizenship across our great land;

    BE IT RESOLVED: that the GOP are a bunch of bigots who ought to be removed from our country.

    January 21, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  6. J'Cincinnati'Redd

    Wow!

    January 21, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  7. kasurp

    Is this really the MOST important issue for the Republican party and Americans to focus on? Or is it meant to provide a distraction to the Republican party faithful so they don't questioning Republican leadership about taxes, military spending, and poverty?

    January 21, 2014 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  8. Malory Archer

    J'Cincinnati'Redd

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

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    She failed to answer your question as to who would pay for those children once they're born.

    January 21, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  9. sportsdrenched

    I think most people are Pro-Life in their personal decisions. However, they understand that government involvement such a personal decision is a bad thing. Which is kind of weird...doesn't the GOP say the samething about everything else?

    January 21, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  10. andrew

    So what party is going to replace the republicans? They aren't going to be around for ever i bet you in the next few decades the party will start to fade away.

    January 21, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. TadBad

    Their political stance is that an unborn, undeveloped fetus that cannot survive outside the body of a woman should have the exact same rights as sentient human? Really? *facepalm* That sounds like a winning policy. Not.

    January 21, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  12. d

    I agree with democrats on 90% of issues but this is the one issue that is the reason why I have never voted D and probably will never vote D.

    Disgusting and horrifying that human beings could support mass slaughter in the 21st century.

    January 21, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  13. Craig

    Finally, let's at least begin by agreeing that simply not wanting a baby is not a good enough reason to have an abortion. If we want to have a reasonable disagreement and discussion about the comparitively few and far between examples of rape, incest, and pregnancies that leave a woman in danger, we can talk about writing a law that handles those...but let's at least start by saving the millions who simply aren't wanted out of inconvenience, fear, pride...etc.

    January 21, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. smith

    Why do conservatives not approve of abortion? Liberal women are the ones having abortions, that means less liberals to infect the USA and we control the population. We should probalby promote abortion.

    January 21, 2014 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  15. bufkus bufkus

    Prolifers are the worst people on the planet. They do not care about the unborn, they only care about controlling women's reproductive rights.

    January 21, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Yes, and we all know how well "move it to the right, believe it harder, shout it louder and repeat it more often" has worked out for the GOP/Teatrolls nationally over the past several years. Even 2010 had more to do with redistricting and what not than the GOP/Teatrolls and MSM like to pretend so they can continue with their false equivalence narrative. Push-poll statistics designed to provide affirmation to the already-convinced are useless. Just ask President Romney.

    January 21, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  17. DC Johnny

    Keep talking, libs.

    There's more to this issue than simply hating the opposition and resorting to name-calling and false stereotyping.

    You'll never once hear a liberal acknowledge that the voice of the unborn child goes unheard. That, while they support the rights of a woman to do what she wants with her own body, they are essentially supporting the right of a woman to do what she wants to her child's body.

    It's a touchy issue, abortion. There are delicate facets to it. Neither side is absolutely right, and neither side is wrong.

    But I'm pretty sick and tired of the rhetoric and abuse the left throws at conservatives on this particular issue. Some of us are educated. Some of us are actually brilliant minorities. We aren't all rednecks, uneducated, and pilgrim white. Stop treating us that way.

    January 21, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  18. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    @Peter asked if Republicans are Pro-Life, then why don't they oppose the Death Penalty. I would add why don't they support prenatal nutrition and health care? Why don't they support SNAP? Why don't they support Day Care subsidies so these women who have the children can attend training and get decent jobs? Why don't they support funding for foster and adoption training classes so "unwanted" children can find homes?
    For all intents and purposes, the Republican party's concern with life ends at the birth of the Child. After that, the mother is on her own, and the Devil take the hindmost!

    January 21, 2014 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  19. Chef Sun

    The two party system is just not viable anymore. Extremists on both sides, and sane, moderate people are left with no choices. If you're anti abortion, don't have one. If you want a brood of kids, don't ask me to pay for them.

    January 21, 2014 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  20. midwestmatt

    I was a Republican for 27 years and I was NEVER a social conservative (we've been there the entire time, believe it or not) but the relentless grind about abortion rights and gay rights and culture war nonsense drove me away permanently in 2007. I will never go back.

    The hypocrisy of the GOP elite who demand smaller government but who still want it to reach down into the womb's of women is astonishing. They are not the party of freedom and American values. They have de-evolved into a mess of extremism, hypocrisy and anti-American positions who champion off shoring, no minimum wage, blasting apart any worker rights, no health insurance for the middle class... the list is too long to state here.

    Drive them out. All of them. They are a joke and cancer on America. They are not a party, they are an ideology bent on destroying America and capitalism.

    January 21, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  21. Mark Anderson

    War against women, of course not, they just want to absolutely control women.

    January 21, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  22. oremus

    This issue is by no means over. Firstly because understanding of preborn life was quite limited back in 1973, and secondly due to the ruthless manipulation of Jane Roe and the agendas in play back then. Abortion is a total persecution of women, both the uninformed mothers and the unborn women who are terminated by the millions in favor of male babies. That society would ever come to regard mass persecution and infanticide as a societal good is unthinkable, and was considered unconscionable by the Democratic party not very many years ago. I used to be a Democrat, but the party has turned its back on the most defenseless members of society.

    January 21, 2014 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  23. Chris

    PRO-CHOICE is not equal to PRO-ABORTION.
    Too bad the RNC can't understand that.

    January 21, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  24. NOPhah Kingweigh

    Ah yes, the GOP, doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting a different result! I believe Einstein considered this the definition of insanity... Stay classy GOP (and medieval).

    January 21, 2014 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  25. John R. Grace

    There was a day and age when this concept, any political concept, would have been called a 'plank' in any given political party's platform. I believe the GOP could gain tremendous ground if they presented this concept in that manner as opposed to a 'your completely with us or your against us' mentality.

    January 21, 2014 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
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