This afternoon the RNC Platform Committee voted on and approved the 2016 language which is expected to be ratified in Cleveland next week. The platform significantly strengthens the party’s stand on pro-life issues.
Susan B. Anthony List president Marjorie Dannenfelser responded to the news saying:
“The Republican platform has always been strong when it comes to protecting unborn children, their mothers, and the conscience rights of pro-life Americans. The language passed by the platform committee this afternoon takes that stand from good to great. Firstly, it is reflective of Donald Trump’s pro-life policy commitments to appoint pro-life Justices, to advocate for and sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, and to defund America’s largest abortion business Planned Parenthood.
“The platform committee also went on offense to call out Democrat extremism on abortion, to add language calling for both federal and state laws stopping late-term abortions after five months, abortions based on disability, and abortions for the purpose of sex-selection. It also seeks to strengthen protections for babies born alive after a failed abortion and addresses dismemberment abortions, the baby body parts trade, and informed consent issues raised by the undercover videos released last year by the Center for Medical Progress. Notably, Republicans also moved to advocate for the codification of the Hyde Amendment, longstanding bipartisan legislation which protects the conscience rights of taxpayers by ensuring public funds are not used for abortion on-demand. The new Democratic Party platform, on the other hand, supports repeal of this consensus policy.
“We are thankful to the hardworking committeemen and women who advocated for this language, and to Rep. Virginia Foxx and Governor Mary Fallin for their leadership throughout the process.”