Over the weekend, two state Republican parties adopted pro-life platforms. As LifeNews.com reported, Texas Republicans took a strong stance against abortion during a party convention on Friday in Dallas, calling for the end of Roe v. Wade and restored protections for unborn babies beginning at conception.
Republicans in Nevada joined their southern colleagues. They rejected a proposal from some Republicans to shorten the platform from 7 pages to one — which would have eliminated the pro-life language calling for protecting unborn babies from abortion. As a Reno newspaper reports:
An effort to shrink a seven-page party platform to a toned-down, one-page vision statement that eliminated stances on hot-button issues such as abortion failed after spirited discussion.
Those who supported the simplified version said social issues should be left to individual candidates and removing them from the platform would make the party more inclusive.
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Delegates approved the expanded platform with a single vote without discussion.
The platform affirms the “sanctity of life” from conception through natural death and opposes government funding of abortion.
Republicans in Nevada are on board with businessman Donald Trump, who is the presumptive GOP nominee. Trump has recently said he would name pro-life-friendly judges to the Supreme Court.
If Trump is the nominee, he would present a stark contrast on abortion to pro-abortion Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Trump has specifically promised he would sign a bill as president to de-fund Planned Parenthood. In an interview with David Brody of CBN, Trump made that promise:
David Brody: “As a President Trump, if a bill came to your desk that would defund Planned Parenthood you would support that, you would sign that?”
Donald Trump: “Yes, because as long as they do the abortion I am not for funding Planned Parenthood… As long as they’re involved with abortion, as far as I’m concerned forget it, I wouldn’t fund them regardless. I would defund Planned Parenthood because of their view and the fact of their work on abortion…. I am for defunding Planned Parenthood as long as they are involved with abortion.”
As far as Trump’s comments on Planned Parenthood funding are concerned, Trump has fairly consistently said he opposes taxpayer funding but he’s also made some remarks about the “good things” Planned Parenthood does that have alarmed pro-life voters — as if any “good thing” could make up for the fact that planned Parenthood kills 330,000 unborn babies a year in abortions and then sells their body parts for profit.
Meanwhile, Trump said he thinks the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case that ushered in an era of 48 million abortions was “wrongly decided.” Trump said he would appoint “very good judges” who would ultimately “change it” but he opposed Roe without specifically saying it should be overturned.
Here are some of the headlines we’ve carried at LifeNews.com in recent months that provide further details on what Trump has said regarding Planned Parenthood funding: