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Nevada Republican Party Strips Pro-Life Language on Abortion From its Platform
LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt

Posted on 04/14/2014 6:56:46 PM PDT by Morgana

The Nevada Republican Party is no longer in line with the Republican National Committee on the issue of abortion. The western state decided to strip pro-life language on abortion out of its party platform, making it at odds with the national GOP, which has had a strong pro-life position since the days of Ronald Reagan. The decision by Nevada Republicans may make it harder for the state to land the 2016 Republican presidential convention, as Nevada is one of a handful of states vying for the spot.

Don Nelson of Nevada Right to Life, told LifeNews, “On Saturday the NV Republican party decided to drop its pro-life plank and party chairman Mike McDonald said that abortion is a small issue. It’s not small now. It’s being reported all over Nevada and McDonald and the NV Republicans just told pro-lifers all over the state that their issue and the killing of 56 million preborn children, does not matter to him and his party and that the NV Republicans will take our vote, but that we can’t count on them.”

“Nothing could be further from the truth. Republicans in NV have been friends of life and this sends the wrong message to their base. The fact is that over 70 percent of republicans are pro-life and a many of them hold their nose and vote for republicans because they have are the pro-life party. Events like this do nothing but further depress the NV Republican vote,” Nelson said. “The NV Republicans at the convention are overlooking the fact that on abortion pro-life is the new normal. Gallup is finding in their last series of polling that more Americans say they are pro-life than pro-choice and that almost 60 percent of Americans would ban all abortions.”

From a report:

republicn5bAmid raucous debate, Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday stripped opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform and endorsed Gov. Brian Sandoval for governor in the June 10 primary despite misgivings by conservatives, his criticism of the process and his absence from the meeting.

By a show of hands, convention-goers adopted the platform as proposed by a separate committee without the two planks on marriage and abortion, following the Clark County GOP’s lead in removing hot-button social issues from the party’s statement of its principles. Some 520 delegates attended the convention, but less than half were present when the platform was adopted at about 7:30 p.m. Little debate preceded the vote, a far contrast to earlier in day.

State party Chairman Michael McDonald said it was a successful convention at the end of the day.

“I think it was about inclusion, not exclusion,” McDonald said, referring to the platform. “This is where the party is going.”

“The issue was how can we back out of people’s personal lives,” said Dave Hockaday of Lyon County, who sat on the platform committee. “We need to focus on issues where we can have an impact.”

The past document also described the party as “pro-life,” or against abortion, a stance most Republicans still agree with.

In August 2012, Republicans at the 2012 GOP convention approved yet another solidly pro-life platform on the issue of abortion, which retains the language supporting a Human Life Amendment to the Constitution that has been a part of it since 1980.

The platform, on abortion, 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.

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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.

Eagle Forum founder Phyllis Schlafly applauded the party for keeping its pro-life plank intact again.

“The pro-life platform is absolutely excellent,” Schlafly told The Daily Caller. “The heart of it is identical to the pro-life platform we have had since the 1984 convention in Dallas. It says that the unborn child has a fundamental, individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”

“The pro-life plank of the platform is the same one we elected Ronald Reagan on in his 49-state victory,” she told TheDC. “It is really not controversial in the Republican Party anymore. It is just a blind statement and, I think, one of the things we have done to make the Republican Party pro-life. Almost all of our candidates in 2010 were pro-life, and they are again this year.”

James Bopp, Co-chairman of the Subcommittee on Restoring Constitutional Government for the Republican National Committee, emailed LifeNews the background of the pro-life position:

Since 1980, the Republican Party Platform has endorsed the adoption of “a Human Life Amendment” to protect unborn life and to reverse Roe v. Wade. Carl Anderson, now head of the Knights of Columbus of the U.S., and I drafted this plank, and it has remained the same and in the platform since then. In addition, I was Co-Chairman of the Subcommittee on Restoring Constitutional Government of the Platform Committee which readopted this platform plank this year. In 1980, there were dozens of different versions of a Human Life Amendment then pending in Congress. The approaches included a state’s rights version, one reversing the right to abortion, one endorsing restoring personhood, one permitting abortion only to save the life of the mother and some allowing abortion in instances of rape and incest. The Republican Party plank endorsing a Human Life Amendment does not take a position on which version of a Human Life Amendment should eventually be adopted. We leave that decision to Congress and the people of the United States at that time. Thus, we do not take a position on which exceptions should be included in a Human Life Amendment.

On the other hand, the Democratic National Committee has officially rejected an effort by pro-life Democrats to get the party to include them in its platform that calls for keeping unlimited abortions legal and paid for at taxpayer expense.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections; US: Nevada
KEYWORDS: nevada; prolife

1 posted on 04/14/2014 6:56:46 PM PDT by Morgana
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To: Morgana

America needs the political equivalent of the non-denominational church.


2 posted on 04/14/2014 7:00:57 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: Morgana

I been in Nevada five months now. The Nevada Republican Party has convinced me to register Independent.


3 posted on 04/14/2014 7:02:34 PM PDT by pleasenotcalifornia
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To: Morgana
Have these people forgotten that God is in control?

Let God's will be done!

Allow all babies in the womb to live!

4 posted on 04/14/2014 7:03:27 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Morgana

I know Clark County which has the big population city of Las Vegas did this a few weeks ago. One could say what do we expect from Las Vegas and Nevada.

I’m just glad that you can look up the state platforms of most GOP’s and they are solidly for the right to life.

I certainly don’t think we will see a trend of this on a wide-scale basis, perhaps a few states could go that way.


5 posted on 04/14/2014 7:05:16 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Morgana

It figures...

Theres a lot of Mormon Republicans in Nevada..

but not a lot of Conservatives..

and then there’s Harry Reid’s influence..


6 posted on 04/14/2014 7:10:21 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

“Theres a lot of Mormon Republicans in Nevada..”

LDS or FLDS?


7 posted on 04/14/2014 7:14:06 PM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: Morgana

of course - the land of cat houses and casinos.


8 posted on 04/14/2014 7:22:51 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Morgana

of course - the land of cat houses and casinos.


9 posted on 04/14/2014 7:23:00 PM PDT by elpadre (AfganistaMr Obama said the goal was to "disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-hereQaeda" and its allies.)
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To: Tennessee Nana

Mormon% of Population
60% of Utah
24% of Idaho
4-5% of Nevada.

http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/mormon-population-60-percent-utah-4-5-percent-nevada

I’d look elsewhere to find fault.

Nevada has casinos, prostitution, unions, I might look at other factors.

Certainly doesn’t mean I’d approve of Mormon stances on issues.


10 posted on 04/14/2014 7:23:11 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Morgana

The repubes are reminding me of the dems at their convention when they denied God three times before the “cock” (Bill Clinton) crowed.


11 posted on 04/14/2014 7:37:11 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Morgana

whats the difference ???


12 posted on 04/14/2014 7:43:24 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Mortrey

http://cnsnews.com/blog/craig-bannister/democrats-thrice-deny-god-place-platform-then-boo-when-chairman-declares-motion

(Bill Clinton spoke afterwards, if I remember correctly.)


13 posted on 04/14/2014 7:43:56 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Morgana

Given what is going on north of them, I’m surprised they didn’t also strip out the rule of law and land rights from the platform.


14 posted on 04/14/2014 7:47:14 PM PDT by Fledermaus (I support Joe Carr in the TN GOP Primary against Lamar!)
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To: All

From reading the article, Nevada still has pro-lifers, they I will support, the pro-lifers. Maybe the other Nevadans will come to their senses.

Also, to keep it simple, I wonder if Libertarian thought could have influenced this.


15 posted on 04/14/2014 8:00:14 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter

Remember that Romney disagreed with the pro-life platform.


16 posted on 04/14/2014 8:03:29 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: ansel12

Remember that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider spent millions dissing Romney.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/09/planned-parenthoods-romney-ads_n_1659047.html

Now, Romney may be criticized on his abortion stances in the past, however just saying “Romney disagreed with the pro-life platform” in the year 2012 I don’t believe is something that can be backed up.


17 posted on 04/14/2014 8:06:16 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; BillyBoy
, Nevada Republican Party conventioneers on Saturday stripped opposition to gay marriage and abortion from the party platform

Didn't the Paulbots take over the state party organization?

18 posted on 04/14/2014 8:10:02 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: Impy

Exactly, something like that happened to their primary alright. I just didn’t want to go after Paul because I feel a number of his/their supporters aren’t really espousing Ron Paul ideas, Libertarian Party ideals maybe.


19 posted on 04/14/2014 8:13:03 PM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: Impy; fieldmarshaldj; BillyBoy

“Didn’t the Paulbots take over the state party organization?”

Yes, they did. But they must have lost their majority at that convention, because Sue Lowden won the party endorsement, and Paultards hate Lowden almost as much as they hate logic, national defense, Judeo-Christian ethics, and Israel’s right to exist (their hatred of Lowden began when she was state party chair in 2008 and she stopped the Paulistinians from rigging a state convention for Ron Paul, who had been trounced by Romney at the local caucuses).

That being said, Paultards usually support abortion-on-demand and special rights for gays, so I guess that there were enough Paulistinians at the convention that, when their votes were aggregated to those of RINOs, there was a majority for removing abortion and marriage from the state party platform.


20 posted on 04/14/2014 8:45:09 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (If a politician won't protect innocent babies, what makes you think that he'll defend your rights?)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican

So Sandoval has only token opposition.

There have been several one-sided a*s kickings in Nevada gubernatorial races featuring incumbents. Mostly on the D side. Odd for a swing state that apparently one side or the other would make no serious effort to win the Governorship.

2002 Kenny Guinn (R) won 68-22.

1986 Richard Byran (D) won 72!-25 over Patty Cafferata, daughter of then Congresswoman Barbara Vucanovich.

1974 Mike O’Callaghan (D) won 67-17! over some woman named Shirley Crumpler (R) on whom I can find little info. Apparently she was the first woman nominated for statewide office in Nevada. A white collar criminal running on the ‘Independent American’ line got 15.5%, how very bizarre.


21 posted on 04/14/2014 8:45:43 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Rand also won a plurality of their POTUS preference vote, followed by Walker and Cruz. Exact figures were not released.


22 posted on 04/14/2014 8:49:35 PM PDT by Impy (RED=COMMUNIST, NOT REPUBLICAN)
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To: BeadCounter

Mitt Romney was a fund raiser for Planned Parenthood and a supporter, as a part of his pro-abortion activities since he became pro-abortion in 1963.

Romney also came out against the party platform, just before he started running pro-choice ads in Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin, all states that he lost.

CBS interview, August 27, 2012.
PELLEY: Well, the platform as written at this convention for the Republicans does not allow for exceptions on abortion with regard to the health of the mother or rape or incest. Is that where you are?

ROMNEY: No. My position has been clear throughout this campaign. I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.


23 posted on 04/14/2014 9:08:10 PM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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To: Impy

Nevada is somewhat reminiscent of Wyoming with Gubernatorial reelections (which 1974, 1986, and 2002 were), so either the incumbent loses (and none since the ineffectual Bob List in 1982 in the general, and the badly damaged Gibbons in 2010 in the primary) or they win by landslide proportions. O’Callaghan, Bryan, Bob Miller & Guinn were considered very popular.

Since the ‘60s, only 1 Governor has voluntarily stepped down after a single term, and that was Paul Laxalt in 1970 (who undoubtedly would’ve won a second term, but unfortunately the Dems picked up the seat with O’Callaghan by a narrow plurality over GOP Lt Gov Ed Fike, whose open seat was then picked up by none other than Dingy Harry). I wonder if this was actually a good move, since being out of office might’ve insulated Laxalt to a modest degree over Watergate, allowing him to beat Reid for the open Senate seat in ‘74 (although had Reid not had the Lt Gov office, it’s possible he might not have even been the nominee for Senator... but pointless, since he would take it back in ‘86).


24 posted on 04/14/2014 9:35:42 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: Morgana

“50% of Americans describe themselves as pro-life.”

http://www.sba-list.org/movement/polling-pro-life-trends

Nevada GOP=Dopes


25 posted on 04/14/2014 11:09:24 PM PDT by RginTN
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To: BeadCounter
I certainly don’t think we will see a trend of this on a wide-scale basis, perhaps a few states could go that way.

Nope, generally they just run candidates that say they never read the platform.

26 posted on 04/14/2014 11:38:59 PM PDT by itsahoot (Voting for a Progressive RINO is the same as voting for any other Tyrant.)
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To: ansel12

Planned Parenthood spent millions fighting Romney, you and Planned Parenthood are both against Romney.

NARAL was against Romney: http://www.prochoiceamerica.org/elections/2012/gop-presidential-candidates/mitt-romney.html

I already said in the past, Romney changed his mind on his abortion position, nonetheless, in 2012, you and Planned Parenthood were both against Romney.


27 posted on 04/15/2014 6:36:01 AM PDT by BeadCounter
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To: BeadCounter; ansel12

Remember that Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider spent millions dissing Romney.
___________________________________________

He and Annie must have missed a payment...


28 posted on 04/15/2014 6:40:04 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Tennessee Nana

“whats the difference ???”

The FLDS broke from the LDS.

They (the FLDS) live off the grid from what I can tell and I can’t see them as being politically active. The FLDS be pro abortion? I just can’t see it. No they are too busy getting their multiple wives knocked up so they have more females to knock up. It’s the males born to that society that get thrown out ie “the lost boys” but they are not aborted.

Yes I’ve been doing my homework.


29 posted on 04/15/2014 6:44:41 AM PDT by Morgana (Wagglebee please come home we miss you!)
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To: Morgana

The FLDS follow the beliefs and lifestyles of the founder Joseph Smith...

the are living the Mormon vida..

Ita the LDS who lost their F for Follow the prophet...

However yes they probably aren’t pro-abortion..

in that they do differ also from Joseph Smith who kept Dr Bennett, an abortionist, ready at all times to perform on any of his girlfriends who got embarrassingly pregnant...


30 posted on 04/15/2014 6:52:53 AM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: pleasenotcalifornia

After 54 years I just left the Republican party here in California. Like you I went Independent.


31 posted on 04/15/2014 7:00:30 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: BeadCounter

Oh, so you just wanted to promote Mitt Romney and lie about his abortion position.

Why wouldn’t Planned Parenthood support a pro-abortion democrat over a pro-abortion republican, that isn’t much of an argument against the fact of Romney being against the party pro-life platform, his being pro-abortion, and his running pro-abortion ads in 3 states, ALL IN 2012.

Did you notice the date on this interview?

CBS interview, August 27, 2012.
PELLEY: Well, the platform as written at this convention for the Republicans does not allow for exceptions on abortion with regard to the health of the mother or rape or incest. Is that where you are?

ROMNEY: No. My position has been clear throughout this campaign. I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.


32 posted on 04/15/2014 10:44:13 AM PDT by ansel12 ((Libertarianism offers the transitory concepts and dialogue to move from conservatism, to liberalism)
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