RNC Ratifies Most Pro-life Platform Ever

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 18, 2016
Contact: Mallory Quigley, mquigley@sba-list.org 202-223-8073

Platform Calls Out Democrat Extremism on Abortion, Includes New Policy Initiatives on Hyde Amendment, Born Alive, Late-Term Abortion

Washington, D.C.  – This afternoon RNC delegates ratified the 2016 Republican Platform. SBA List staff attended platform committee meetings last week in Cleveland to help craft the strongest pro-life platform in the Republican Party’s history. 

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 platform ratified today 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 went on offense to call out Democrat extremism on abortion, adding 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. The platform 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 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.”

Presumed Republican nominee Donald Trump has pledged to advance and sign into law the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, defund Planned Parenthood, and appoint pro-life Justices to the Supreme Court.

Susan B. Anthony List and its Political Action Committees, the SBA List Candidate Fund and Women Speak Out PAC, spent $16.71 million in the 2014 election cycle to defeat pro-abortion incumbents and elect pro-life candidates to federal and statewide office. The SBA List is dedicated to pursuing policies and electing candidates who will reduce and ultimately end abortion. To that end, the SBA List emphasizes the education, promotion, mobilization, and election of pro-life women.  The SBA List is a network of more than 465,000 pro-life Americans nationwide.

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