Texas Republican Party Approves Platform Language Calling for Abolition of Abortion

Photo Credit: Oriol Martinez
Photo Credit: Oriol Martinez

DALLAS, Texas — The Republican party of Texas has approved language for its platform expressing support for the total abolition of abortion.

“We call upon the Texas legislature to enact legislation stopping the murder of unborn children; and to ignore and refuse to enforce any and all federal statutes, regulations, executive orders, and court rulings, which would deprive an unborn child of the right to life,” it reads.

The text was approved last week during the Texas GOP’s bi-annual convention at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas. The complete platform was voted upon by delegates on Friday, and the results were announced on Saturday. There were over 20 planks, or issues, that were put forward for consideration as statements to represent the position of the party and its delegates.

Various abortion abolitionists spoke before the Temporary Platform Committee of the Republican Party of Texas in urging the approval of the language, which was later accepted as a legislative priority.

“All innocent human life must be respected and safeguarded from fertilization to natural death; therefore, the unborn, the aged, and the physically or mentally challenged have a fundamental individual right to life, which cannot be infringed,” the abortion plank reads. “We are resolute in our support of the reversal of Roe v. Wade.”

As a remedy, it urges the party and the Texas legislature “to assist in educating the public regarding alternatives to abortion, especially adoption.”

The platform also expresses support for the complete defunding of Planned Parenthood in the state, the elimination of lawsuits over “wrongful birth,” the prohibition of the manufacturing and sale of abortifacients, and the end of liability and malpractice insurance coverage for abortionists.

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In addition to abortion, the GOP approved other pro-life measures, such as calling for the reformation of existing law that allows for the overriding of a patient’s desire to continue to receive medical care.

“We also support the passage of legislation to amend the Advance Directive Act by requiring hospitals intending or threatening to withdraw life-sustaining treatment against the patient’s wishes or their advance directive to continue all treatment and care for such patients pending transfer to another facility,” the platform reads.

As previously reported, concerns over the law had been highlighted last year after the family of Christopher Dunn, 46, was informed by officials at Houston Methodist Hospital that its bioethics committee believed that life-sustaining treatment should be discontinued. Dunn’s mother fought the decision, and hired an attorney to help intervene. Dunn later died from what was believed to be cancer, but his mother vowed to continue fighting to have the law altered.

The Texas Advance Directives Act (TADA) of 1999 states that “[i]f the patient or the person responsible for the health care decisions of the patient is requesting life-sustaining treatment that the attending physician has decided and the review process has affirmed is inappropriate treatment,” the patient will be kept alive for 10 days, and on the 11th day, doctors are permitted to discontinue treatment, unless the patient is transferred to another doctor or facility.


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  • WorldGoneCrazy

    “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” — Galatians 6:9

  • WorldGoneCrazy

    “Abortion and racism are both symptoms of a fundamental human error. The error is thinking that when someone stands in the way of our wants, we can justify getting that person out of our lives. Abortion and racism stem from the same poisonous root, selfishness.” — Alveda King

    “He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetuate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

  • 201821208 :)

    “Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13 & Deuteronomy 5:17
    “Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment” Matthew 5:21

    • Amos Moses

      Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

      Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

      Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

  • gizmo23

    I thought that was always their platform. If not why did it take them so long?

    • Gal5:22-23

      Now I have to long hold on you to see the path.

      First World problem I guess. oh picked up one of my own. Used an old account and changed name to mine.

      Sadly for him little Google web spiders had long ago captured web images of the account’s previous name, which appears to be his real name.

      Much hilarity ensues…

  • Ambulance Chaser

    Will conservatives please make up their minds? Either banning things makes them go away or it doesn’t.

    It can’t work one way with guns and a different way with abortion.

    • 0pus

      Dunce,
      guns are material objects,
      abortions are procedures that kill unborn children.
      A gun cannot be “wrong,” it’s a thing. If you ban things that kill, then that would require banning cars, knives, baseball bats, etc etc.
      You’re way beyond apples and oranges, more like apples and Volkswagen.

      • 201821208 :)

        Amen!!!

      • Ambulance Chaser

        That really doesn’t address the question. Also, reported for name-calling.

    • Amos Moses

      Luke 22:35 And he said unto them, When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing? And they said, Nothing.
      Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.

      Mat 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

      Mark 9:42 And whosoever shall offend one of these little ones that believe in me, it is better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he were cast into the sea.

      Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

      Can’t argue with that ……… but you probably will …….

      • Ambulance Chaser

        No, I can’t argue with that. Because it’s completely irrelevant.

        • Amos Moses

          And it refutes your supposition that christians are somehow desiring things in conflict …. when there is no conflict ………….. except in your corrupted imagination ……………..

          • Ambulance Chaser

            It does? How?

          • Amos Moses

            It is not in conflict with scripture ………..

          • Ambulance Chaser

            I didn’t say it was. I asked how banning abortion is supposed to end abortion but banning guns won’t end gun ownership.

          • Amos Moses

            Banning abortion gets rid of legal abortion ………… as all murder should be…….and you will have to be a criminal to do it ……………. Banning guns will just give criminals guns and those who do not have them already will be defenseless ….. and they will be more likely to be harmed or murdered …………….

          • gogo0

            if you ban abortion, people will still be getting abortions., just like if you ban guns, criminals will still get guns.

          • Amos Moses

            sure but far fewer abortions ………….. and guns …….. sure….. so what………..

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Okay, so, at least this answer was coherent. So thanks for agreeing with my point–banning abortion doesn’t end it.

            Do why don’t conservatives focus on ending abortion, rather than shaming it?

          • Amos Moses

            So murdering a child is not deserving of shame ……………. what a novel idea ………. and murder is just an extroverted suicide, right? Murder is illegal ……… and the size, location, environment nor dependence of the person should matter ………. do we agree on that?

          • Ambulance Chaser

            Yes, I just don’t agree that abortion is murder or that fetuses are people.

            Anyway, why are you dodging the question? Why does the “pro-life” movement care more about shaming women who have had abortions than ending abortions?

          • Amos Moses

            So when you were a fetus you were not a person ……………… and what changed ………..

    • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

      A “gun” is an object.
      An “abortion” is an activity.
      Guns (the objects) happen to be useful for protecting the life of the innocent against the guilty.
      Abortion (the activity) happens to be useful for ending the life of the innocent in the hands of the guilty.
      I don’t see how these things should be treated equally by reason of their thingyness.

      • Ambulance Chaser

        How about by reason of their baniness? I.e. if you ban guns they don’t go away but if you ban abortions, they do? How does that work?

        • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

          The explanatory power of baniness … this sounds like fun! We should get Bruce Baniness involved – he’s always angry, and he makes things go away.

          • gogo0

            funny to see you guys all dance around answering the simple question. you understand that its a double-standard, but just cant admit it to others

  • Tangent002

    Better not vote for Trump then.

    • Oshtur

      It’s him or the Gorgon – so, him.

  • Pat Bowlin

    I see all the bible quotes and I am a bible believer, but I also believe that when God said He knew us before we were born, He was talking to those who are living and breathing individuals. One actually reading or listening to the scripture. When we reach out so far to ‘protect’ the unborn, we are dismissing those alive who are going through this. I don’t believe God ever intended that. God is God of everything and if you believe that, He is in total control of the outcome of every birth. He doesn’t need us to stand up for Him, He needs us to believe He is God and is in control. Everything else is self motivated.