DNC, NARAL Call on Mitt Romney to Denounce “Human Life Amendment” Inclusion to GOP Platform; RNC Chair Claims “GOP Platform Not Platform of Mitt Romney”

Posted on August 21, 2012. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , |

Earlier today DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and NARAL President Nancy Keenan held a joint phone-in conference call, announcing their intent to demand that GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney denounce the GOP’s platform (PDF warning), passed this morning in Tampa.

Republicans have finally hit rock bottom,” Wasserman-Schultz said. “I don’t have to tell anyone how outrageous Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s comments were this weekend, but unfortunately he’s not alone in his extreme and dangerous views.”

“Mitt Romney has repeatedly endorsed the Republican party platform, including a human life amendment to ban abortion nationwide, without exceptions for rape and incest. This isn’t the kind of leadership that women and their families can afford,” she added. “He should unequivocally denounce the human life amendment and its inclusion in the Republican party platform. That would be a step in the right direction for the GOP.”

“Regardless of their campaign statements, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan represent a party with an extreme anti-choice platform that would deny women access to abortion even in cases of rape or incest,” said (NARAL President Nancy) Keenan. “If they truly believe that the platform ‘shows what the American people can accomplish when government respects their rights,’[1] as stated in the platform preamble, we call on the Romney-Ryan ticket to do just that: respect women’s reproductive rights and denounce the party’s extreme position. Voters are tired of the kind of divisive anti-choice policies that the Republican party has pledged to support. Voters are looking for a leader who respects women’s freedom and privacy. It’s time for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to take a real stand on behalf of women.”

The platform states: “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.”

The amendment would outlaw many forms of contraception and in vitro fertilization, and would criminalize miscarriages. The platform draft also includes support of mandatory ultrasound bills, clinic regulations, and mandatory waiting periods. It needs to be noted that this extreme position is the same as that approved in 2004 and 2008.

Committee Chair Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, aka “Governor Vaginal Probe” congratulated the committee: “I appreciate the good work that that committee did — in past platforms that has been hours of discussion — and I applaud the committee’s work in affirming our respect for human life,” said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, the chairman of the platform committee. “Well done.”

But RNC Chair Reince Priebus, sensing the language will be very problematic with women voters this year, has already started to try to spin the approved platform language away from Romney:

“I think as far as the details of some of these things, like an exception for rape or life of the mother, these are not uncommon differences that candidates have and don’t share some of the detail on some of those exceptions,” Priebus said on MSNBC. “This is the platform of the Republican Party; it’s not the platform of Mitt Romney.

So by the RNC Chair’s own admission, their presidential candidate’s platform does not conform with that of his own party. Got it.

Priebus will have to do more than just spinning, flip-flopping and Olympic worthy verbal contortionism to convince unmarried women voters in November, easily one of Romney’s weakest voting blocks.

What is definitely NOT helping the GOP nationally currently is Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s refusal to quit his Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill. Akin and his extreme stance represent a significant portion of the GOP’s platform, and the “top of the ticket” is taking some serious heat from this.

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