This week, Republicans put a U.S. Senator with a strong pro-life record in charge of shaping the party’s new platform.
The Hill reports U.S. Sen. John Barrasso was named the chair of the Republican platform committee at the national convention in July. Barrasso, who represents Wyoming, has a 100-percent pro-life voting record from the National Right to Life Committee, and his appointment signals a strong party commitment to restoring unborn babies’ right to life.
“Writing the platform is a critical task, and as we enter one of the most important elections of our lifetime, our Party is eager to lead an American resurgence by standing on our commitment to life, individual liberty, a strong national defense, and an economy that works for all Americans,” RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said in a statement Tuesday.
The party also appointed two committee co-chairs, Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx from North Carolina, according to the report. Both women also have strong pro-life voting records; however, Fallin currently is the center of controversy for vetoing a bill that would have taken away abortion doctors’ licenses and basically ended abortion in Oklahoma. Even some pro-life advocates were concerned the bill would merely be overturned in court as contravening Roe v. Wade and would not save any babies from abortion.
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“I know they will bring their good judgment and a principled vision for our Party and our country into this role,” Priebus said
The news comes not long after likely Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said he would weaken the party’s pro-life platform.
As LifeNews.com reported, in an April interview, Trump said he “absolutely” wants to change the Republican party’s current pro-life platform to promote abortions in cases of rape or incest.
Currently, the Republican Party platform recognizes “that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
It continues: “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.” Read the full pro-life platform here.
The Republican National Party has taken a strong stance against abortion for decades. 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 officially rejected an effort by pro-life Democrats to get the party to include them in its platform, which calls for keeping unlimited abortions legal and paid for at taxpayers’ expense.