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. Gladiatior

    I often chuckle at the irony when I think how Libs actually spawned the "Tea Bagggers" movement. By jamming the unpopular, non partisan ACA down America's throat with back room deals, the Bagger movement was born. As much as you try to say it is because of racism, the truth is the ACA. So like the King in Beowolf, you now have your Grendal to deal with, constantly attacking and disrupting your unicorn and rainbow lives. Live with it!

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

    The GOP is not pro-life- too many of their policies from support of capital punishment to not supporting affordable health care to being anti-enviroment prove that.
    Worse though, is this pro-birth stance undermines the right of women in America to be in charge of their own destinies, and their own bodies. The GOP favors the fetus over the woman, the rapist over the woman.

    It lost the GOP Virginia, it will be a loser for them wherever they deploy this platform. The GOP cannot be the party of "smaller government" and "getting government out of peoples' lives" as long as they dictate over women's reproductive rights, and what consenting adults can do (as they attempted in Virginia. Dictating what a woman and her doctor can decide is not freedom.

    January 21, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  3. QS

    Conservatives have lost all touch with anything resembling reality. They live in their own world/bubble and refuse to acknowledge or accept that others have rights if those rights disagree with conservatives' precious "beliefs" and "values".

    This ideology is past its prime and is long overdue to be put out to pasture. Conservatism will never again rise to the level it once achieved because they've tipped their hand to the world and more people are finally starting to see through the shtick and realize the truth – conservatism is wrong on every front.

    January 21, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  4. Rick McDaniel

    Another total turn off to voters.

    They will NEVER learn.......that is NOT going to fly!

    January 21, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  5. Fair is Fair

    Larry L

    @Fair is Fair

    Using birth control would solve 99.9% of the problem.
    ---
    You're correct. Unfortunately, birth control methods aren't 100% effective and women who are raped may not feel they needed birth control.
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    Yup... that's the other .1%. Information from the CDC shows just around 1 million abortions annually... I'd venture to say the vast majority are those of convenience.

    January 21, 2014 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  6. Mopery

    The right-wing is using religious puppets to distract the media and the country from the real problem in America: Corporate greed. If you want real news about what's really happening in America, of any real importance, you have to get your news from other countries.

    January 21, 2014 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "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."

    Ah yes, the tried and true anti-abortion tactic of pretending that Roe v. Wade did not, in fact, balance the rights of the mother and the unborn baby. Please continue...it's fascinating to see what you guys come up with and how it thoroughly displays your ignorance of the actual laws and legal precedent we're talking about.

    January 21, 2014 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  8. Gurgyl

    Give your child to FAIR to adopt your child. He/she will adopt. What a pity in 21st century, let women decide–women's choice in next USA Women President of 21st century–it the progress of 21st century–not church dictate.

    January 21, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  9. A question of Freedom

    Somewhere I read "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world". The Laws of the United States for whatever reason serve some purpose. If Jesus wasn't about condemnation how about Satan? Are Christians working on behalf of Satan?

    God gave us choice, Satan wants to possess and control. I say let a woman choose to be in control over her own body which is a natural right. Laws will never bring about Morality nor should laws be created in such effort. Laws are intended to insure domestic Tranquility where as abortion has been a point to intrude into one's personal rights. These same people want the right to bear arms. God and Guns that's an odd combination that sticks out as a winning combo.

    The GOP the same group that has shown they care about poverty and health care for all. Obama care is a free market approach to health care based on prior GOP models. What we see are the advantages of having a guaranteed market by this free market: So lets just watch health care providers raise the rates. So what is wrong with Obama care is it health care for all or is it about profits being made. When someone is in pain there is an element of slavery to that pain at what cost would you want it to stop? What would you pay or give up then?

    The two faces of the GOP one saying Government has too much control in a persons life and the other side trying to create laws to control a persons life. Abortion like a possessive spirit keeps persisting to gain control. When will it end?

    January 21, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  10. rs

    Gladiatior

    I often chuckle at the irony when I think how Libs actually spawned the "Tea Bagggers" movement.
    ________________________
    Ummm, sorry. the TEA Party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the GOP, bought and paid for by their biggest contributors- Texas oil money. The saddest part it that the TEA Party is turning Americans wwho can least afford Republican policies into shills for the rich- the poor rubes don't even get that they are voting against their own self-interests, or that they are supporting the gravest form of anti-Americanism yet seen in our nation.

    January 21, 2014 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  11. Fair is Fair

    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.
    --------
    Tell you what, Malory... since you think you have a "gotcha", I'll play. Clearly, society needs to take care of these babies. Now go find a comment I've EVER made – EVER – where I've stated that educational, nutritional, and health programs for children should be eliminated or reduced. I dare you.

    January 21, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  12. QS

    "By jamming the unpopular, non partisan ACA down America's throat with back room deals, the Bagger movement was born."

    LMAO! The ACA was a conservative idea in the first place and if conservatives have an issue with it they need to remember that this was the "compromise" we made with conservatives on health care – the ACA is not what we wanted but to appease the petty conservative whiners we went with the ACA.

    And the Tea Party people, who we once suspected but now know for sure, turned out to be every bit the naïve, ignorant, gullible, easily manipulated crowd we thought they were for STILL not admitting this and/or showing a shred of integrity by acknowledging they are the ones preventing it from working to its full capacity.

    January 21, 2014 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  13. mon40

    Yeah GOP keep defending Pro-Life. It worked so well for Akin and Murdoch.

    January 21, 2014 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. Jobu

    LOL the GOP just CAN'T HELP but lose on these issues! Go ahead, campaign on social issues!

    January 21, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. gts58

    Killing the unborn is the ultimate sin against humanity! Obama and most Democrats believe in murdering the defenseless unborn! Saying it is the right of the woman to choose! Instead of killing their babies in the womb, why don't they choose to "NOT" get pregnant in the first place!

    January 21, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Tampa Tim

    Gladiator – Wow! Are you ever wrong. Regular media showed your bagger rallies with signs portraying our president as a zoo animal, called him a Kenyan Marxist socialist communist, whatever that is, all the while not realizing working people got a tax break from the stimulus. After months of debate, ACA was passed by both the senate and house. But, who can you believe, reality or Hannity?

    January 21, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. Sniffit

    " By jamming the unpopular, non partisan ACA down America's throat with back room deals, the Bagger movement was born"

    Do you have any idea how silly it looks for you to be gloating incorrectly? The Tea Party thing was a response to the bailouts, TARP and Obama's Stimulus proposals. It was encouraged, funded, given organizational help etc. by the GOP as a means of helping the GOP oppose Obama. It was encouraged by the MSM, who saw it as a means of perpetual controversy manufacture. The ACA didn't come until later and they just added it to the list and made it their cause celebre because they felt it was the best way to destroy Obama and help radicalize the GOP/conservative movement, pull everything towards the right and then claim that the "center" and "compromise" was now located where the right used to be.

    January 21, 2014 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. ShawnDH

    Republicans' OBSESSION with taking away women's reproductive freedom will spell their doom. It's ridiculous. How can they babble about a "small unintrusive government" then turn around and insist an appropriate role for the government is forcing women to give birth against their will? It makes no sense.

    January 21, 2014 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. ray

    yes, these red necks cares about the unborn more than the living kids. kids are going hungry everyday in the richest country in the world and these racists on the right spends all taxpayes money on the unborn. what a shame. i wish i can wipe all republicans off the face of the earth, how i wish

    January 21, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  20. tarura

    All pro-abortion activists don't even realize how lucky they are.

    They all avoided abortion.

    January 21, 2014 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  21. The REAL Truth...

    @Gladiatior – I often chuckle at the irony when I think how Libs actually spawned the "Tea Bagggers" movement. By jamming the unpopular, non partisan ACA down America's throat with back room deals, the Bagger movement was born.
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    Perhaps a little research on the origins of the Bagger movement is on order.. it had nothing to do with the conservative plan(s) that ACA is based on. It's origins are based on advocating a reduction in the U.S. national debt and federal budget deficit by reducing U.S. government spending and taxes – both far right conservative ideals than have failed to stimulate any economic advantage since Reagan's famous "trickle down" voodoonomics (resulting in 18 tax increase, doubling the National Debt and large increases in the size of the Federal Govt. They have been financing candidates prior to 2009.

    January 21, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  22. bombastus

    Making abortion illegal is contrary to basic GOP principles. Republicans want a smaller government and less intrusion into our lives. What more fundamental intrusion can the government make than telling a woman what she can/cannot do with her own body? If the GOP got off these anti-women and gay issues and stuck with the basic themes of fiscal responsibility and smaller government (including defense), they'd win every election.

    January 21, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  23. Sniffit

    " I'd venture to say the vast majority are those of convenience."

    And I'd venture to say that it is none of your d-mn business. The Christian Cowboy moral high-horse is nothing but a childish rocker.

    January 21, 2014 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  24. ray

    it have been so nice had all republicans been oborted , the world would been a better place

    January 21, 2014 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  25. Sniffit

    "Regular media showed your bagger rallies with signs portraying our president as a zoo animal, called him a Kenyan Marxist socialist communist, whatever that is, all the while not realizing working people got a tax break from the stimulus."

    Indeed. I was being overly nice by not getting into the racist underpinnings of the Teatroll tantrum, but you're spot on.

    January 21, 2014 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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