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. Hugh Jass

    "Do you have any idea how silly it looks for you to be gloating incorrectly?" As silly as you bothering to reply to a child who can't spell "gladiator" and seems to know Beowulf only from a movie.

    January 21, 2014 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  2. San Antonio Sam

    Since wide popular support according to the polls seems to be a cornerstone of this strategy I assume there will be a pro-gun control strategy as well since according to polls, 90% of Americans want one.

    January 21, 2014 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
    **************************
    You've never made a comment like that: unfortunately, a lot of your conservative friends have made statements to that effect, and certainly their concerns do not lie with long-term needs of children with education, nutrition or health. They view the economics of helping children in need as being at odds with their own personal goals of attaining wealth or supporting/subsidizing those that do at aany cost. You, however, understand that we have a moral obligation to children that we bring into this world to help them have a chance at success: not a guarantee, but a chance.

    January 21, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  4. Ol' Yeller

    @Gladiatior

    "I often chuckle at the irony when I think how Libs actually spawned the "Tea Bagggers" movement"

    Not big on facts or reality... but then again, partisan republicants have never let little things like that get in their way.
    I do appreciate you calling them what they are (tea baggers- that's refreshing). I think you have the wrong idea about 'Libs' though. I think most 'Libs' are pretty satisfied with the baggers... I mean they are taking the republicant party down faster than anything I have experienced in my lifetime. They are political neophytes, like yourself, and really have no clue as to what they are doing. They have rode a tidal wave into office (and like most tidal waves- it kills or damages everything in it's path- including them). Your little 'theory' draped in mythological prose is in fact quite true, though I think it is backwards or a two edged sword to say the least... you act like it is the 'Libs' whio have to suffer alone for their actions leading to the creation of the Tea baggers.... but you seem to forget, had it not been for the Tea baggers, Harry Reid would be gone. He was toast. He had lost it and he and his campaign knew it... but out of the blue (pardon the pun) rode the tea baggers headed by their candidate angle... and the rest is history. Victory from the jaws of defeat and ALL the credit goes to the Tea baggers. And that is just one of many stories where the tea baggers have caused the republicants to lose what should have been an easy win.
    So... as much as I cannot stand thier idealogy and ignorance, I do appreciate their help...

    January 21, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  5. ztom

    gladiatior-

    The Tea Party was started pre-ACA. I even went to a few of their meetings until they were co-opted by the Koch brothers. They had a good message in the beginning, and were outraged at Corporate greed. At that time they weren't so focused on social issues also.

    January 21, 2014 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  6. pmmarion

    "....by pointing out the extreme positions on abortion held by Democratic opponents." OH MY. The Democratic position is "It's the woman's choice" Yep that sure is extreme! How dare the Democrats say that a woman should have a choice.. lol

    January 21, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  7. sly

    ... in other news, the GOP announced they are reopening the issue of President Obama's Birth Certificate, as well as the JFK assassination investigation.

    January 21, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Silence DoGood

    “And I have no doubt that every new example will succeed, as every past one has done, in shewing that religion & Govt will both exist in greater purity, the less they are mixed together.”
    ~James Madison, letter to Edward Livingston, July 10, 1822

    January 21, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  9. Hugh Jass

    This kind of insane nonsense is why they are finished as a party. If you don't like abortions, don't get one, and meanwhile us grownups are running the country just fine without your input.

    January 21, 2014 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. ProperVillain

    (face palm) Not this again....

    Next they will start banging the "cultural war" drum again...

    Welcome to the 80's all over again.

    Move on GOP, move on. People want to work. Peripheral issues will not win any of your feeble candidates an election.

    January 21, 2014 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  11. QS

    As I said in an earlier comment – anybody who ever believed conservatives had any intention of "rebranding" themselves I can only consider to be naïve and easily manipulated.

    Those who understand conservatism and its followers knew this was simply a farce; a way to give the appearance that they were "looking inward" to try to figure out how to appeal to a wider swath of voters, while in reality they haven't changed one bit and instead have decided to lash out at anybody they deem "against them"....which is an exceedingly growing group.

    Conservatism has nothing to offer this country or world. When we have conservatives in this country praising leaders of countries that they normally despise simply because that country hates gay people like they do, that should be a pretty good indicator of why this ideology should not be allowed any part in the decision-making of this country.

    January 21, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. Guest

    Democrat Party position – Unborn babies deserve to die unless the mother says they can live.
    Republican Party position – Unborn babies deserve to live because they are alive already.

    January 21, 2014 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. bryan

    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;

    January 21, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  14. MTATL67

    Another front in the GOP civil war. If this party wants to survive it is going to have to cut the fringe or get use to not getting elected to national offices.

    January 21, 2014 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    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!
    ---------------------------------------
    And republicans prefer that the child be born so they can join the Armed Forces and sent to fight a senseless war and die.

    January 21, 2014 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  16. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA -aka- Take Back The House -aka- No Redemption Votes

    Guest
    Democrat Party position – Unborn babies deserve to die unless the mother says they can live.
    -------------------------------------------
    It's the mother's decision to make, not the governments.

    January 21, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  17. GOP Womb Monitor

    The GOP seems obsessed with monitoring woman's wombs. Next, they will be launching drones for enforcement. What happens in a woman's womb is between a woman and god not a woman and government.

    January 21, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  18. Cedar Rapids

    'demonizing them and manipulating American voters;'

    ....and then goes on to makes claims of deceptive rhetoric, extreme stances, how voters are repelled by the stances etc.
    Oh the irony.

    January 21, 2014 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  19. Organic1

    Oh Please – the GOP is starting the 'how we control women' program again. When does the madness end...

    January 21, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  20. spudnik56

    conservatives...what a sad, pitiful joke...

    January 21, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  21. Ol' Yeller

    @Fair- "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."

    Whether you have posted it or not, it does not matter. You defend and carry water for the party, who given their way, would cut every social program for the poor to the bone if not outright eliminate it. All so they can give tax cuts to the wealthiest Americans and Corporations. Fair, you don't get a pass to separate yourself from the policy just because you have never posted a specific narrative. You support the insane trickle down theory which depends on eliminating governemt programs for the poor to give the weatlhiest help they do not need.
    That is like carrying the suitcase, but claiming you didn't carry the clothes...

    January 21, 2014 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  22. Denise

    Why don't they do a survey of those who have had abortions? No doubt, it would come out as "Do As I Say, Not As I Do"...I'll bet many are from inbred red states....

    January 21, 2014 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  23. bicyclecruising

    Do the Republican women consent to having invasive physical investigations forced on them at the whim of government? Do they consent to having government make decisions on how many children they have? Do they consent to being taken out of the decision-making position for major events in their lives? Do they consent to become incubators for implanted embryos?

    January 21, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  24. bcrunner

    "The Democrats have waged a deceptive war on women"? Really? When Republicans want to reach into my daughter's, nieces' and friends' viginas with a probe before they can exercise their right to a abortion, if they choose, I don't think they being deceptive.... When they want to force them to have a child from a rapist, or they want to question..."was it really rape"? ... This is deceptive? To all the males out there: Let's say your wife was raped and became pregnant, do you want to raise a rapist's child? Do you? If you have other children, how do you explain that to them when they are older? Please answer the question. Do you really understand the consquences of your actions?

    January 21, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  25. Matt

    There they go again! I will start considering giving my vote to republicans when they LEARN HOW TO LOSE! You don't get infinite whacks at every pet issue of yours that is defeated!

    January 21, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
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