First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform
August 20th, 2012
10:41 PM ET
9 years ago

First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform

Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for "a human life amendment" to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.

"Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," the draft platform declares. "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children."

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The party will reaffirm its opposition to federally-funded embryonic stem cell research and demand that the government "not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage."

Republicans have also inserted a "salute" to states pushing "informed consent" laws - an apparent reference to ultrasound bills that have moved through some state legislatures - "mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation."

The document, crafted Monday in a subcommittee meeting of the Republican Party's official platform committee in Tampa, is being closely guarded by party officials but was provided to CNN by a Republican source here.

The source cautioned that the statement of principle is still in draft form and must be approved by the full platform committee on Tuesday and by delegates to the Republican National Convention next week.

The GOP's abortion plank faces scrutiny every four years, and this year's document contains language similar to the platforms that were adopted by the party at their conventions in 2000, 2004 and 2008.

But the abortion issue has been thrust into the center of the presidential campaign as this year's convention approaches, thanks to comments from Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, a U.S. Senate candidate, about abortion and "legitimate rape."

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan sharply condemned Akin's remarks and pledged that under a Romney administration, abortion would be allowed in the case of rape.

An exemption for rape, though, is not included in the platform set to be adopted by the party Romney will officially lead when he accepts the Republican nomination next week.

And Ryan, his vice presidential pick, has opposed exceptions for rape and voted alongside Akin in the House, though Ryan now says he defers to Romney's position on the matter.

Debate over the abortion plank flared four years ago when John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee at the time, said he wanted to add language to the platform to recognize exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.

That prompted angry finger-wagging from top social conservatives.

Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, chided McCain and said it would be "political suicide" for him to add language about exceptions for rape or incest in the abortion platform.

Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Republican National Convention • Republicans
soundoff (401 Responses)
  1. Shameful Republicans

    Millions of real living people with problems and the GOP wants to focus its attention on the unborn. Pathetic! If they approached other problems with the same fervor as this issue, this country would be a much better place.

    I don't think I can ever vote for another GOP politician again.

    August 21, 2012 06:43 am at 6:43 am |
  2. pete

    do the gop really live in the 21st century? where is the outrage to call for the resignation of akin a man that ignorant has no business being in congress.

    August 21, 2012 06:44 am at 6:44 am |
  3. don

    Keep riding that horse BOYS till the legs fall off.

    August 21, 2012 06:48 am at 6:48 am |
  4. Rob

    Awesome! If they can add creationism as a second platform they'll be well on their way to winning the 1952 Presedential Election!

    August 21, 2012 06:50 am at 6:50 am |
  5. TomInRochNY

    I see the lemmings are jumping off the cliff again. Hey, wilderness, get ready. The republicans are on their way.

    August 21, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  6. Mike

    Same 'stuff" different day.

    August 21, 2012 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
  7. Robert

    Why is this an issue? Let's concentrate on the economy and jobs. Let's not let Obama off the hook.

    August 21, 2012 06:54 am at 6:54 am |
  8. Vincent

    Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, chided McCain and said it would be "political suicide" for him to add language about exceptions for rape or incest in the abortion platform.


    So basically, Akins view is a similar view held by quite a few GOP members.

    It wasnt even considered to be included in the platform, not because they wouldnt have thought of it, but because they believe there should be no exeptions or choice for women. Ryan has supported Akin in the past, and probably still does.

    So all the condemnation of Akin from the GOP politicians was only because of the uproar from being exposed on their 'beliefs' publically??

    August 21, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  9. KlintzCNN

    Is this blog open for comments yet?

    August 21, 2012 06:56 am at 6:56 am |
  10. v

    I just can't wrap my head around people reading the above as GOOD NEWS, but I am sure there are people out there gladdened by this announcement.

    August 21, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
  11. JAB62

    I wonder how long it will take Romney to flip on this one? Should be any second now.....

    August 21, 2012 07:11 am at 7:11 am |
  12. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I believe that the GOP is pro-birth since there is support for the death penalty. I would hope that all that are pro-birth people out there adopt all those that are born because of rape and other those that can't be supported by parents who can't afford it financially or mentally.

    August 21, 2012 07:12 am at 7:12 am |
  13. TBS

    Pathetic! If their daughters are raped and become pregnant, the Republicans want these girls not to be able to have an abortion. If their daughters become pregnant because of incest, thet want them to carry the baby to full term. They are against using the so-called morning after pill. Republicans claim they want less government intrusion, but NOT when it comes to abortion! I think the choice for women is clear this November. If they face the difficult decision of considering having an abortion, do they want to be able to make that decision themselves, or do they want the government to make that decision for them?!

    August 21, 2012 07:14 am at 7:14 am |
  14. Craig in Pa.

    Pro-Life and Pro War...oxymoronic ....isn't it?

    August 21, 2012 07:18 am at 7:18 am |
  15. Dana Arwin

    Aborted babies go straight to heaven... if you believe in that sort of thing.

    August 21, 2012 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  16. MC

    We the GOP once again insist women are too dumb to control their own bodies and only right wing christian morality shall apply to all american fetuses (feti?)

    August 21, 2012 07:23 am at 7:23 am |
  17. some guy in New Hampshire

    It's Todd Akin's platform minus the idiotic rape comment.

    August 21, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  18. smcole

    And cue the dancing ponies... the GOP is back to their obsession with my uterus... what was that about smaller government that doesn't intrude upon our lives? Oh nevermind.... it was just the usual hot air blown by the Republican party as they attempt to remove their heads from their a$$...

    August 21, 2012 07:24 am at 7:24 am |
  19. The Zog

    US Republican Party = American Taliban Party. Women have no value – except for their vote.

    August 21, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  20. gee

    So what is different about this convention?

    August 21, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  21. Brandon Baker Henrico VA

    Small government? Yeah right

    August 21, 2012 07:31 am at 7:31 am |
  22. swipedcard

    Hell, the billionaires don't care. They can fly their girlfriends to whatever country they need to get their abortions. "Tax me less than the middle class, and make my taxes the lowest in the world, and in return I'll pretend to support your little Abortion amendment....HA, HA HAAA HAA HA HA HAAA..

    August 21, 2012 07:32 am at 7:32 am |
  23. scott

    From the Party that said it wants the Government out of our attempt to pry themselves into the most private area of a womens life. Vote GOP for Big Government interference in your life!

    August 21, 2012 07:36 am at 7:36 am |
  24. wgf

    I assume Akin will be the spokesperson for the amendment.

    August 21, 2012 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  25. JoeyV

    Apparently, the GOP wants smaller government so their rich benefactors can continue to pillage this contry's wealth and resources, but big enough to control what we do and with whom and insist on control over women's bodies. What sweet deal. Oh but if you have that child you can neither afford nor care for, do not look for any help from them as they also want to cut back on government assistance for that sane woman and child. Perhaps their platform is to create a slave labor force here in America that mimics China's so they can save money on imports from the companies they have there! It will definitely bring the jobs home. But lesz than minimum wage and your kids will be working in their sweat shops too!

    August 21, 2012 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
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