Full GOP platform statement on abortion
August 23rd, 2012
06:29 PM ET
10 years ago

Full GOP platform statement on abortion

(CNN) - Earlier this week, CNN obtained portions of the Republican Party's 2012 platform, which included language about the GOP's position on abortion.

The language will not be official until it's ratified by convention delegates next week, but it's unlikely to undergo any changes before then.

Because the abortion plank has become a source of controversy and debate in the presidential race this week, we've posted the full language here for those interested in reading the entire passage.

THE SANCTITY AND DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFEFaithful 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. 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. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.

Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial birth abortion, permitted States to extend health care coverage to children before birth. We urge Congress to strengthen the Born Alive Infant Protection Act by exacting appropriate civil and criminal penalties to health care providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives and abortion, including early induction delivery where the death of the infant is intended. We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions - gender discrimination in its most lethal form - and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. We call for a revision of federal law 42 U.S.C. 289.92 to bar the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. We support and applaud adult stem cell research to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research.

We also salute the many states that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health protective clinic regulation. We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy. We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose live, and we take comfort in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.


Filed under: 2012 • Abortion • Republican National Convention
soundoff (34 Responses)
  1. Sydney

    "Self Evident" is in quotes b/c it isn't self evident? Isn't that what putting something in quotes means?

    August 23, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  2. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    It was 85 degrees here today.
    How old is this picture?

    August 23, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. 1CentFree

    I believe the Tea Party should break away from the GOP and become their own separate party. It's obvious that they are both on two separate levels of crazy and need their own voices.

    August 23, 2012 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  4. independent

    Hello Romney/Ryan goodbye Roe vs. Wade. Reproductive rights defined by conservative, white men.

    August 23, 2012 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  5. namryan

    The kids picture here are men... they have no right to be involved in this discussion. They will never know what it eans to be pregnant.... they should just shut up. This is a matter that women should decide on!

    August 23, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  6. MaryM

    GOP convention, Isaac is comming for you.

    August 23, 2012 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  7. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Now let's do something about the gun laws that kill the born.

    August 23, 2012 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. gord

    pro-life and pro- war

    August 23, 2012 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  9. Former Republican, now an Independent

    I am pro-life, but do not believe for a minute that the GOP is. They like to talk about Christian values to get votes, but once elected completely ignore these values and pursue their true agenda around only what benefits the wealthiest 5% of the population.

    August 23, 2012 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  10. kevin3g

    Wow, how can the Republican party put forth a candidate how was actually in the abortion business. According to the Catholic journal, Romney was an owner of Stericycle, a major disposer of the dead bodies of aborted children in the United States. http://ncronline.org/news/politics/which-presidential-candidate-truly-pro-life#.UCl67EL_Rak.facebook He\'s an abortionist who made money off of this bloody industry. This is truly disgusting, and no one who is pro-life can support this candidate.

    August 23, 2012 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. Joan

    I don't understand the picture with this story. It is of two young boys or men, one wearing a Pro-Life shirt and the other pointing to it. Now, what would these young boys know about a woman's right to make decisions about her own body? The Democrats are not saying that they promote abortion at all. They are just saying every woman should have the right to make HER OWN decision about whether she needs one or not. No government should be able to tell her what she can or can't do with her own body. That is dictatorship. Also, too many men, many of them old white guys, are making these decisions that affect women only. The Republican stance on women's issues is from the 1950's.

    August 23, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |

    These Republicans are exceptional liars. Ryan sponsored any number of bills in the House limiting abortion even if the life of the mother was sacrificed, re-defining rape along with Akins, and the federal personhood bill. These Republicans are throw-backs to the Dark Ages, and do not belong in any public office. They try to bring it all back to the economy, but what these cretins don't understand is that women's health is an economic issue for them and their families. This all out assault on women and their health choices needs to stop now

    "And both Romney and Ryan backed proposals to outlaw abortion ... even in cases of rape and incest

    Dr. Jack C. Willke, a physician whom abortion-rights opponents often reference when making the claim that pregnancies from rape are uncommon, served as a surrogate for Romney in his bid for the party's 2008 nomination.

    August 23, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |

    ryan is not pro life people

    I voted for the Iraq War" because it was the right thing to do.

    4,487 US Soldiers Killed, 32,223 Seriously Wounded

    Casualties of the Iraq War Civilian deaths

    Year Civilian deaths
    2003 12,087
    2004 11,152
    2005 15,491
    2006 28,225
    2007 25,063
    2008 9,385
    2009 4,713
    2010 4,045
    2011 4,087

    August 23, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. Larry L

    The billionaires funding Romney couldn't care less about abortion. If their wives needed abortions they'd hop on a private jet and go get one. They want no regulations, low taxes and tax loopholes. This is just another tool to fire-up the radical Evangelicals – people who have absolutely nothing in common with the fat-cats but can vote. God, guns and gays...

    August 23, 2012 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  15. Michael

    This is old news! Where is GOP's platform language regarding "forcible" rape, which Paul Ryan and Todd Akins suppoprt and wrote, a bill together reflecting what is considered extremist radical anti-female views! They, also voted to defund Planned Parenthood!

    August 23, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  16. Neil

    How can anyone call themselves Pro Life if they have voted for war?

    August 23, 2012 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  17. GI Joe

    They only care until they are born. Then they are called names and left to starve if the mom is too poor to have any more. Are they signing up to adopt all the unwanted babies? Didn't think so. It would cut into their own personal money.

    August 23, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  18. DarqueSide

    By all means, let those innocent babies be born, then deny them EVERYTHING they need for happy, healthy, productive lives. A slow, poverty-ridden and miserable death is so much more entertaining than a fast, painless death before ever reaching consciousness. Go Republicans... the party of protect the unborn and neglect 'em later.

    August 23, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  19. Charlotte


    August 23, 2012 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  20. Woody

    When are the Republicans going to grant the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness to those human lives already being lived: ie- GLBT individuals? They choose to judge who's deserving of those rights based on who they deem worthy of receiving them. We are Americans! So much for inalienable rights!

    August 23, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  21. Casey Ann Hughes

    There are two typos in this statement. Are they yours or the GOP's?

    Middle of second paragraph: "infant who survives AND abortion"
    Last sentence of third paragraph: "empower them to choose LIVE,"

    August 23, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  22. W.G.

    I find it rather peculiar and strange that the republicans only support life up until babies are born .
    After that they saddle them and their parents with debt to insure tax breaks for the rich to be paid for
    by the 99% . That republicans inspire people to bomb and murder people at planned parenthood offices
    yet make huge cuts in all Soc. services like Education , Soc. Sec. , Medicare and Welfare and call
    the people that use these services "Bums " and "Freeloaders" .

    August 23, 2012 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  23. Slightly Left of Center

    Oh, yeah. And we support the death penalty.
    - signed, the GOP

    August 23, 2012 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  24. Thomas

    Pro Life shirt on a young republican , reminds me of Karl Rove back in 76.

    Has anybody seen a Against Life shirt , I didn't think so.

    And who is the weird guy in the left of the photo , Chester the Molester ?

    August 23, 2012 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  25. anthony76

    Annnnnd there went the woman vote. And when they're done waging war on women, they're coming for you seniors.
    The war on blacks won't work. War on muslims failed. Minorities? Students? How about the youth vote? They need to go ahead and ban Facebook or twitter at the RNC convention.. that will sure go over well vita the 18-24 year olds...

    August 23, 2012 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
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