Text of the GOP Proposed 2012 Pro-life Platform Released



republican-national-convention1The platform was approved by the platform committee to advance to the Republican convention delegates next week.  Compared to plans that are being made for the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC to celebrate abortion you could not have a clearer contrast.

THE SANCTITY AND DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE

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. 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.

There is no mention of exceptions.  Mitt Romney’s state position differs with the platform as he has said that he would support an exception for rape and incest.  Romney’s position is even in conflict with that of his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan (R-WI).  RNC Chair, Reince Priebus said that it doesn’t matter, this is the platform of the Republican Party, not Mitt Romney.  Michael Steele, former RNC Chair, who has a history now of saying all of the wrong things now says this platform is not mainstream.  Earth to Steele – the simple fact is this: it’s the same language approved in 2004 and 2008.  The only thing that is different is the controversy surrounding Todd Akin. 

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003334633536 Chris Downey

    The platform is only a broken cistern (Jeremiah 2:13) until we see delegates with the courage to hold Romney to it or vote him down.
      The kind of disconnect between platform and candidate that you describe is exactly why the precious independents laugh at the GOP.

  • caseym54

    “There is no mention of exceptions.”

    There is no mention of banning abortions, either.  Only of a “human life amendment”, which could indeed have exceptions.

  • http://kansasbob.com Kansas Bob

    Nice that they put something in to appease social conservatives – not that past platforms have ever really saved any unborn babies.

    Did you notice if there are platform planks to appease fiscal conservatives. I would love to see strong verbiage that mentions a balanced budget amendment or cuts to federal spending or the downsizing of the federal govt.

    • http://shanevanderhart.com/ Shane Vander Hart

      I have heard that this is one of the most conservative platforms we have had. I’m trying to get text from some of the other platforms. We’ve never had an issue with not getting good fiscal language (a lot of good those planks do us as well), but this year there were some efforts to take the party to the left on social issues.