Pro-Abortion Republican Groups Announce New Partnership to Weaken GOP
by Steven Ertelt
February 13, 2009
Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) — Two pro-abortion Republican groups have announced a newly-formed partnership designed to weaken the long-standing pro-life platform the GOP maintains. The Republican Majority for Choice and the WISH List (Women in the Senate and House) hope to team up to drag the party to the left.
Colleen Parro, the head of the Republican National Coalition for Life tells LifeNews.com about the new effort.
"Feeling scorned after eighteen years of trying and failing to remove the pro-life language from the Republican national platform, and with the last three Republican presidential administrations [taking a pro-life stance], pro-choice Republican women are trying to make a come-back," Parro said.
The two pro-abortion groups say they plan to continue the battle for personal freedoms and choice in the GOP.
Parro says that means they favor "getting rid of the pro-life plank and electing abortion-friendly candidates to office."
Last summer, the Republican Party’s platform committee put together a new pro-life party platform that contains some of the strongest language ever condemning abortion and supporting legal protections for unborn children.
It stood in stark contrast to the pro-abortion plank Democrats approved at the behest of President Barack Obama.
The platform draws on the nation’s founding documents as expressing the earliest support for human life but backs a Constitutional amendment to make those protections clear.
"Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence, we assert the inherent dignity and sanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," the final GOP platform draft says.
"We support a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children," it added.
During the primary election campaign, exit polling data showed Republicans in most states took a pro-life position by wanting all or most abortions illegal.
Some 19 of 24 states with publicly-available data showed pro-life Republican majorities.
Former Maryland Lt. Governor Michael Steele, who is pro-life, was recently elected as the new chairman of the Republican Party.
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