The GOP renewed its platform in opposition of abortion today at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, while nominating a pro-abortion candidate as its presidential selection.
As in similar years, Republican leaders presented and adopted language to its official party platform that outlined its desire to protect life.
“We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” the platform stated. “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.”
Additionally, the platform added a new dimension to party beliefs by asserting that abortion is harmful to women.
“Through Obamacare, the Obama Administration has promoted the notion that abortion is healthcare,” it continued. “We, however, affirm the dignity of women by protecting the sanctity of human life. Numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women and we stand firmly against it.”
As roll call was taken, each delegate called out their choice for Republican nominee. With each mention of “Romney,” the room erupted in applause and cheers as Mitt Romney and his wife watched from a hotel across the street.
Romney did not receive all delegates, however. Some states nominated third party candidates out of their opposition to the front runner, likely due to his belief in exceptions to abortion and support for homosexuality.
As previously reported, following recent comments made by Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, who opined that rapists should be punished instead of the babies conceived in rape, Romney hurriedly came out against his pro-life sentiments.
“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement,” Romney campaign spokesperson Amanda Henneberg wrote on behalf of the Republican ticket. “A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”
Christian News Network also corresponded with Romney-Ryan press secretary Brendan Buck, who outlined, “[T]he position of the campaign is not to oppose abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother. … Congressman Ryan’s personal beliefs provide only a life of the mother exception, but the position of the Romney-Ryan campaign also allows exceptions in the case of race or incest.”
Romney then called upon Congressman Akin to withdraw from the senate race, which received much criticism from pro-life groups nationwide.
“In calling for Congressman Akin’s exit of the Senate race, Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan are throwing a prolife Congressman under the bus…, and it seems they are doing so because they disagree with his no exceptions position on abortion – a position that is an integral part of the Republican Party platform,” stated Jennifer Mason with Personhood USA. “By withdrawing their call for Akin to quit the race, and retracting their anti-life position on the death penalty for children conceived in rape, Romney and Ryan would at the very least be in agreement with the Republican Party’s position on abortion.”
“Missouri’s U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin advocates the personhood position of killing no child, regardless of whether or not her father was a criminal,” said Jefferson George of American Right to Life, which just today launched the campaign Republicans Against Romney. “However, Mitt Romney himself wrote an op-ed recently in National Review saying that he opposes abortion, but not for ‘instances of rape’. So it is not Akin, but Mitt Romney, whose unworkable policy would require determining whether there was a ‘legitimate’ rape.”
The Campaign to Stop Stericycle, which recently called upon Romney to withdraw from his presidential bid for his pro-abortion remarks and for investing millions in a company that burns aborted babies, agreed. It applauded today’s affirmation of the “fundamental individual right to life” of the unborn, but stated that the Republican party is double-minded by electing a pro-abortion candidate.
“There was virtually no mention in the news over Mitt Romney’s support for murdering innocent children in cases of rape,” campaign director Michael Marcavage stated. “Mitt Romney had the audacity to urge Congressman Akin to withdraw from his U.S. Senate race over his comments, and then he made remarks that were far more inflammatory by asserting that rape babies can be killed. Where is the outrage over that?”
“And now, on one hand, you have the Republican party renewing its platform in favor of protecting preborn babies, and then on the other, it nominates a pro-abortion candidate,” he continued. “The hypocrisy is absurd.”
Some state that Mitt Romney’s beliefs nearly mirror Barack Obama, and are therefore torn over how to vote in the upcoming election. In 2010, Obama outlined his pro-abortion position at a forum in New Mexico, stating, “I think Bill Clinton had the right formulation a couple of decades ago, which is abortion should be safe, legal, and rare.”