Republican Party Chairman: GOP is Proudly Pro-Life on Abortion
by Reince Priebus | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 1/20/14 10:54 AM
Next week is the RNC Winter Meeting, and this time around it’s being held in Washington, D.C. As many Life News readers know, that coincides with the annual March for Life.
As a proud pro-life Republican, I saw this as a great opportunity for us to participate in this meaningful event. So we adjusted the schedule and pushed back our meetings and official business to allow our members who want to participate to join in the march. We even rented a bus so that they can get to the rally. The march is a much more important cause; business can wait. On Wednesday, we’ll travel to the Mall together to join with hundreds of thousands of people from across the country gathering to support life.
We’ll be there to send a message: We are a pro-life party. Life is a gift, and it must be protected. That means advocating for our beliefs, embracing the right to life, and celebrating the blessing of adoption.
Despite Democrats’ rhetoric, Republicans actually stand with the majority of Americans on many important life issues. For example, a majority of Americans disapprove of late term abortions, but Democrats, especially President Obama, take the extreme position of supporting them. Republicans at the state and national level have worked to enact protections for life after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but Democrats by and large have opposed them—and therefore opposed the majority of Americans. Most Americans see these protections as reasonable and the right thing to do.
Moreover, polling in recent years shows Americans support a range of other pro-life policies: 87 percent support informed-consent laws; 71 percent support parental consent laws; 69 percent support a 24-waiting period; 64 percent support banning partial-birth abortion.
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I’ll be on the March for Life stage with national and local pro-life leaders next week because I think America should stand on the side of life, and that is where the Republican Party will continue to stand.
LifeNews Note: Reince Priebus is the chairman of the Republican National Committee.