RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally
January 6th, 2014
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RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally

Washington (CNN) - The Republican National Committee will free up a couple of hours during its winter meeting this January so members can attend the annual March for Life in Washington, CNN confirmed Monday.

The rally, a major event in the anti-abortion rights movement, is scheduled for January 22, when the three-day RNC winter meeting is set to begin. The date also marks the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling, known as Roe v. Wade, in favor of abortion rights .

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The Washington Times first reported the RNC's decision to pause for the rally.

In a statement to CNN, GOP spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski noted this is the first time RNC members will be in Washington for the meeting at the same time as the march, and many expressed interest in attending the event.

The RNC last held its winter meeting in the Washington, D.C. area in 2011. The meeting took place from January 12-14, while March for Life was held on January 24.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made the decision to shift part of the winter meeting's schedule to allow some time for the march and will attend the rally, himself. The RNC will also provide buses so members can get to and from the rally.

"The chairman decided it was important to give everyone an opportunity to go," she said.

The March for Life rally starts at noon on January 22.

Kukowski said registration for the winter meeting and some small meetings will continue in the morning, but the RNC will push the start of its big meetings until the middle of the afternoon.

In 2012, the RNC re-approved the GOP platform's language on abortion, endorsing again a "human life amendment" to the Constitution, which would oppose abortion without making exceptions for rape or incest.

That position was more hardline than that of the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who said anti-abortion laws should include an exception for rape.

High-profile political figures who attended last year's march included Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who battled Romney late into the 2012 GOP primary and caucus season. House Speaker John Boehner delivered a message via video.

- CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Larry in Houston

    Rick McDaniel
    ""This is still the issue driving women voters away from the GOP. This one, single issue""
    Hello Mr. McDaniel...hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but since you've got so much time on these boards, why don't you get on the horn ? to your republican friends, I mean...While I agree with those two people who are carrying those signs, but it's not our place to stop people from doing wrong things to their bodies....Think about it, there are people out there – where every inch of their body is tattooed / pierced / ruin their bodies from drugs / alcohol & I can go on & on....do you see what I mean here ?? If the government had to take on everyone that done things to their bodies, what type of nation will we be ? I know it's not the right thing, to kill fetuses, but I say let somebody that is a higher being than us humans, to take care of it.

    January 6, 2014 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  2. sonny chapman

    New Sign: "Senseless Wars Stop a Beating Heart". Take a tip from Pope Francis; abortion ain't the only sin.

    January 6, 2014 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  3. The Real Tom Paine


    @guest: "Ah the good all authoritarian/fascists at it again."

    The Democrats are just as authoritarian and just as fascistic when it comes to things like Obamacare. The only difference between the anti-abortion GOP nuts and the Progressive Democrat nuts is the mix of freedoms they'd deny.
    I would suggest you read Edmund Burke and Adam Smith before expounding on " individual freedom": they would be appalled by your statements. Your comments are nothing more than ravings of a self-described curmudgeon who feels irritated by being asked to do anything to contribute to the society at large. Does your sense of responsibility extend beyond yourself on anything?

    January 6, 2014 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  4. rs

    165 laws passed by the GOP in the last year restricting a women's right to safe abortions. Obviously, that is not the ideal, but simply stripping women of these rights, while doing away with birth control programs, attacking Planned Parenthood, means and nutrition programs for single wome and their children reflects an uncomfortable reality about the GOP- they are anti-womens rights, and they don't support the resulting children.

    January 6, 2014 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "Yes, and driving them to the Democrats who believe in the radical idea that women are people, too."

    There are no people....only braaaaaiiinnzzzzzzzz. Zombie Apocalypse incoming....

    January 6, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  6. IA

    @ Think Again...Good idea! And if college students want to set and support political policy ( by way of their vote) then they too should pay taxes!

    January 6, 2014 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  7. A True Conservative

    Stripping women of the right to murder? Is that a problem rs? I guess that short trip down the birth canal is a magical journey that imparts "life".....unless of course Kermit Gosnell or someone like him is on the other side.....then it's a toss up.....

    January 6, 2014 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. Barby1

    So glad to hear that the GOP will likely remain Pro-life. If we learned anything last year, it should have been that legal abortions aren't always safe. Over 50 million tax payers, workers to pay into SS and sustain the elderly (in the Ponzi scheme known as Social Security), entrepreneurs, inventors, savers of life, job creators, geniuses, beautiful kids and good citizens –all murdered before they saw the light of day –legally in the USA.

    January 6, 2014 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  9. Barby1

    To rs: Planned parenthood isn't interested in women's healthcare or they could've stayed open. They are only interested in their cash cow: abortion.

    January 6, 2014 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  10. Silence DoGood

    “History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes.”
    -Thomas Jefferson: in letter to Alexander von Humboldt, December 6, 1813

    January 6, 2014 11:50 am at 11:50 am |
  11. Sniffit

    "New Sign: "Senseless Wars Stop a Beating Heart". "

    Or perhaps "Religion Stops All Nuanced Thought."

    January 6, 2014 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
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