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Full GOP pro-life platform strongly opposes abortion and euthanasia
Life Site News ^ | August 24, 2012 | BEN JOHNSON

Posted on 08/24/2012 3:00:17 PM PDT by NYer

TAMPA, August 24, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Republican Party is continuing to hammer out its platform in advance of next week’s convention in Tampa, but the full pro-life plank as it now stands presents a robust support of human life.

The GOP platform’s plank on “The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life,” which has yet to be finalized, endorses a constitutional Right to Life amendment, opposes taxpayer funding of abortion, favors stronger regulations on abortion providers, and strongly rejects assisted suicide and euthanasia.

“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,” the platform reads. 

The platform specifically addresses sex-selective abortion—“gender discrimination in its most lethal form”—and abortions performed on unborn children capable of feeling pain.

The party, which will nominate the Romney-Ryan ticket next week, has also expressed its continued advocacy for parental consent, informed patient consent, waiting periods, and abortion clinic regulation, as well as promoting adoption as an alternative.

It also pledges 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 an abortion,” a stance intended to draw attention to the fact that Barack Obama opposed born alive infant protections as an Illinois state senator.

The platform also opposes federal funding of embryonic stem cell research, breaking with the position of former President George W. Bush. One of the 44th president’s first actions in office was to extend public revenues tor experimentation with certain lines of “discarded” embryonic stem cells.

Despite saturation media coverage to the contrary, the platform’s support for a human life amendment does not necessarily mean it bans abortions in the case of rape or incest.

James Bopp, who drafted the original language in 1980, told The Washington Post some versions of the amendment would grant personhood rights, including all the protections of the 14th Amendment, to all unborn children; others include various exemptions, including for rape and incest.

Bopp, who now co-chairs the Republican Party’s platform Subcommittee on Restoring Constitutional Government, said, “We want the Constitution to provide legal protection to the unborn. But there’s no way the Republican Party is going to be able to sort through dozens of versions of what that means legislatively, and get behind one.”

Mitt Romney has made clear he believes in the rape and incest exceptions since his pivot on the abortion issue.

CNN, which obtained the full platform language, reports, “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.”


The full plank reads as follows:

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.

 


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: abortion; catholic; gop; prolife

1 posted on 08/24/2012 3:00:25 PM PDT by NYer
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2 posted on 08/24/2012 3:01:53 PM PDT by NYer (Without justice, what else is the State but a great band of robbers? - St. Augustine)
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To: NYer

“Mitt Romney has made clear he believes in the rape and incest exceptions since his PIVOT on the abortion issue.”

~ ~ ~

“Pivot”....right. I believe his change, just like a baby isn’t a baby according to Mitt’s exceptions.

Can someone share, does the Republican Platform appose
Romney’s stand above?


3 posted on 08/24/2012 3:13:55 PM PDT by stpio
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To: NYer

Read their lips?


4 posted on 08/24/2012 3:17:13 PM PDT by Psalm 144 (Where would Christianity be if the early believers put their hopes and trust in the Roman empire?)
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To: NYer
It also pledges 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 an abortion,” a stance intended to draw attention to the fact that Barack Obama opposed born alive infant protections as an Illinois state senator.

5 posted on 08/24/2012 3:23:18 PM PDT by TigersEye (dishonorabledisclosure.com - OPSEC (give them support))
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To: stpio

1980:

There can be no doubt that the question of abortion, despite the complex nature of its various issues, is ultimately concerned with equality of rights under the law. While we recognize differing views on this question among Americans in general—and in our own Party—we affirm our support of a constitutional amendment to restore protection of the right to life for unborn children. We also support the Congressional efforts to restrict the use of taxpayers’ dollars for abortion.

We protest the Supreme Court’s intrusion into the family structure through its denial of the parent’s obligation and right to guide their minor children.

1984:

The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We therefore reaffirm our support for a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. We oppose the use of public revenues for abortion and will eliminate funding for organizations which advocate or support abortion. We commend the efforts of those individuals and religious and private organizations that are providing positive alternatives to abortion by meeting the physical, emotional, and financial needs of pregnant women and offering adoption services where needed.


6 posted on 08/24/2012 3:23:39 PM PDT by lacrew (Mr. Soetoro, we regret to inform you that your race card is over the credit limit.)
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To: NYer
Christ must be fuming over the Republican Party's wordy nonsense ("pain-capable unborn children"?) I could vomit).
Life is to be protected for all My miraculous people, from the moment of their conception until their natural death. [just because they don't feel pain, and boy are you gonna feel some pain someday, doesn't mean they aren't just as dead] Period. --Jesus (paraphrased)

Mosaic at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Washington, D.C.
7 posted on 08/24/2012 5:15:37 PM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: stpio

“Pivot”....right. I believe his change, just like a baby isn’t a baby according to Mitt’s exceptions.


He apparently thinks innocent babies should be killed for the sins of their criminal fathers. Its sad how many people around here are fine with that. They don’t want romney to look bad. What is most important is winning, right? They fear an Obama win but don’t fear that God will eventually judge this nation for our acceptance of murder of the innocent.


8 posted on 08/24/2012 8:16:45 PM PDT by Linda Frances (Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness)
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To: NYer

Rebecca Kiessling (woman conceived in rape and adopted) was on Steve Deace’s radio show yesterday and said she has friends working on the platform. She said that they told her the abortion language has been finalized and will not be “softened.”


9 posted on 08/24/2012 8:19:38 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: mlizzy
Christ must be fuming over the Republican Party's wordy nonsense ("pain-capable unborn children"?) I could vomit).

I think that is there for this reason. That is the part where they say what legislation they support. Because of Roe vs. Wade, legislation cannot ban all abortions, so they feel that narrowing it on the "pain-based" factor might pass muster with the courts. The first paragraph says they back an amendment affording 14th amendment protections for the unborn. An amendment like that would be necessary in order to ban all abortions without the legislation being overturned by the courts. There is no rape exception here, and it would seem to me that such an amendment if passed would not allow for one. So it seems like a strong pro-life plank to me.

10 posted on 08/24/2012 8:29:45 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: JediJones

Thank you for your response. When Huckabee was running (and with his strong pro-life stance) I wished to myself that if he became president, he would issue a state of emergency on day one, and put a stop to abortion. Of course, my husband, much more learned than myself, just smiled. But think about it; we are killing our children left and right to the tune of is it 3-3,500/day give or take, and if they were two years old all lined up and shot, instead of 2 months in the womb old, it would indeed call for a state of emergency, would it not?


11 posted on 08/24/2012 9:46:58 PM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: NYer

An immoral, unconstitutional plank.


12 posted on 08/24/2012 10:02:07 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: JediJones
I found this in an article written recently on Akin, and I suppose this is the way I think too. I'm liking this man more and more:
But he is well known in Washington for his spirited pursuit of legislation on social issues, even in cases where it stands no chance of becoming law. Akin has sponsored or co-sponsored a raft of legislation affecting abortion, including a proposal that would ban all federal funding for abortions. He has also sought to require parental consent for minors who want birth control. --Link
Is it any wonder why this man was "chosen" to deliver this particular gaffe?
13 posted on 08/24/2012 10:03:39 PM PDT by mlizzy (And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell others not to kill? --MT)
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To: EternalVigilance

Congratulations on reaching a new level of ineptness I haven’t seen on FR before.

The plank calls for a constitutional amendment. Last I checked, amendments are not unconstitutional.

Immoral? In your world, up is down and down is up. If you were slicing up the unborn baby yourself, do you really think it would feel good and moral to you?


14 posted on 08/24/2012 10:05:16 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: mlizzy

He’s a staunch, independent Christian and fiscal conservative right down the line. If he was a “team player” the GOP wouldn’t have thrown him under the bus like they have.


15 posted on 08/24/2012 10:07:49 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: JediJones
Do you think it moral or constitutional to put a bullet in the heart of a paraplegic who has committed no crime?

After all, they won't feel a thing, right?

If you give Grandma enough morphine, do you think you can do away with her?

She won't feel any pain.

Like I said, the plank is immoral and unconstitutional.

"No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law."

"No State shall deprive any person of life without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."


16 posted on 08/24/2012 10:09:26 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: NYer

I realized some years ago that the GOP “pro-life” platform plank was vastly insufficient, and self-contradictory. They have now made it even more so with their inclusion of cheerleading for immoral, unconstitutional “fetal pain” legislation.

For contrast, our party’s pro-life platform plank:

http://www.selfgovernment.us/platform.html

The imperative duty to protect Life

The leaders of America’s Party have publicly pledged that henceforth all governmental policies they endorse will be in complete accord with the principles and purposes stated below. They have also pledged to henceforth offer their endorsement or financial support only to other political leaders and organizations who live up to these principles.

The Equal Protection for Posterity Resolution

A Resolution affirming vital existing constitutional protections for the unalienable right to life of every innocent person, from the first moment of creation until natural death.

WHEREAS, The first stated principle of the United States, in its charter, the Declaration of Independence, is the assertion of the self-evident truth that all men are created equal, and that they are each endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, beginning with the right to life, and that the first purpose of all government is to defend that supreme right; and

WHEREAS, The first stated purposes of We the People of the United States in our Constitution are “to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity”; and

WHEREAS, The United States Constitution, in the Fourteenth Amendment, imperatively requires that all persons within the jurisdictions of all the States be afforded the equal protection of the laws; and

WHEREAS, The United States Constitution, in the Fifth and the Fourteenth Amendments, explicitly forbids the taking of the life of any innocent person; and

WHEREAS, The practices of abortion and euthanasia violate every clause of the stated purposes of the United States Constitution, and its explicit provisions; and

WHEREAS, Modern science has demonstrated beyond any reasonable doubt that the individual human person’s physical existence begins at the moment of biological inception or creation; and

WHEREAS, All executive, legislative and judicial Officers in America, at every level and in every branch, have sworn before God to support the United States Constitution as required by Article VI of that document, and have therefore, because the Constitution explicitly requires it, sworn to protect the life of every innocent person;

THEREFORE, WE THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES HEREBY RESOLVE that the God-given, unalienable right to life of every innocent person, from biological inception or creation to natural death, be protected everywhere within every state, territory and jurisdiction of the United States of America; that every officer of the judicial, legislative and executive departments, at every level and in every branch, is required to use all lawful means to protect every innocent life within their jurisdictions; and that we will henceforth deem failure to carry out this supreme sworn duty to be cause for removal from public office via impeachment or recall, or by statutory or electoral means, notwithstanding any law passed by any legislative body within the United States, or the decision of any court, or the decree of any executive officer, at any level of governance, to the contrary.


17 posted on 08/24/2012 10:18:23 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: EternalVigilance

The bill wouldn’t allow anything like that. It supports a constitutional amendment giving 14th amendment protections to the unborn.


18 posted on 08/24/2012 10:21:29 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: JediJones
If the child is a person they are protected by the Fourteenth Amendment. Even Blackmun admitted as much in Roe.

"The appellee and certain amici argue that the fetus is a 'person' within the language and meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. In support of this, they outline at length and in detail the well known facts of fetal development. If this suggestion of personhood is established, the appellant's case, of course, collapses, for the fetus' right to life would then be guaranteed specifically by the Amendment."

-- Justice Harry A. Blackmun, Roe vs. Wade, 1973

So, why do you need legislation or amendments?

How about every officer of government, in every branch, simply supporting the explicit requirements of the Supreme Law of the Land, as they have sworn to do?

19 posted on 08/24/2012 10:28:03 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: JediJones
The bill wouldn’t allow anything like that. It supports a constitutional amendment giving 14th amendment protections to the unborn.

I don't know what bill you're referring to.

And our God-given, unalienable rights, the right to life being supreme among them, are not given by constitutions, or amendments to constitutions, or by any man-made laws. They are intrinsic, preceding and superceding all human laws.

This is not just my opinion. It is the first assertion, the very premise, of America and our claim to liberty.

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men..."

20 posted on 08/24/2012 10:33:10 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: EternalVigilance
So, why do you need legislation or amendments?

How about every officer of government, in every branch, simply supporting the explicit requirements of the Supreme Law of the Land, as they have sworn to do?

Because we don't live in any kind of utopia. We've got 2 choices, wait around and hope they start doing that, or do something about it. A constitutional amendment should work. If a president can do things by executive order, I'm all for that too. I'd do all of the above.

21 posted on 08/24/2012 10:33:41 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: JediJones

I’m not looking for Utopia. I’m simply demanding that we be America.

Constitutional amendments in the case of the defense of innocent human life are not needed. What is needed is for those we elect to keep the first obligations of their sacred oath of office.

This platform is sucker bait, busy-work for conservatives in the formerly grand old party.

A complete sham designed to continue to fool people into resignation to the acceptance of the abortion on demand status quo.


22 posted on 08/24/2012 10:39:14 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: EternalVigilance

I agree the platform doesn’t mean much if it’s not followed up with action, and we can be pretty sure Romney won’t. But think of what a constitutional amendment could do if driven by the grass roots from the bottom up. It would force even Democrat presidents to enforce protections for the unborn.


23 posted on 08/24/2012 10:44:34 PM PDT by JediJones (Too Hot for GOP TV: Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin, Allen West and Donald Trump)
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To: JediJones
There are already two amendments to the U.S. Constitution that absolutely require the protection of every innocent person.

If they'll ignore those, they will ignore another.

"No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law."

"No State shall deprive any person of life without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."


24 posted on 08/24/2012 11:00:42 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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To: JediJones
I agree the platform doesn’t mean much if it’s not followed up with action

The GOP platform has recognized the personhood of the child in the womb, and their protection by the Fourteenth Amendment, for 28 years.

No plank has been any more consistently and thoroughly ignored.

25 posted on 08/24/2012 11:04:23 PM PDT by EternalVigilance (The saving of America starts the day Christians stop supporting what they say they hate.)
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