GOP approves anti-abortion language for platform
by Catalina Carnia - Aug. 21, 2012 11:47 AM
The Republican Party is poised to adopt a platform next week that calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, with no exceptions for rape or incest.
The abortion language, approved today by committee, is similar to what the GOP adopted in 2004 and 2008.
Controversial comments by Missouri Rep. Todd Akin about a woman's body being able to prevent pregnancy in the event of a "legitimate rape" brings new attention to the party platform, which will come for a full vote at the Republican convention on Monday in Tampa.
Akin has vowed to stay on as the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate, amid denunciations of his comments by GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney and pressure from the Senate GOP campaign committee to step aside. The six-term House member has apologized for his comments about rape, and is seeking forgiveness from Missouri voters in new ad.
Romney has said his administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.
CNN reported today that the so-called "human life amendment" was adopted "after a few minutes of discussion" by a 110-member committee chaired by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell.
Here's the abortion language that was obtained by CNN:
Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. 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.
Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, appearing on MSNBC today, said the GOP platform may not fully reflect all of Romney's views, including on abortion.
"This is the platform of the Republican Party," Priebus told MSNBC. "It's not the platform of Mitt Romney."