CNN’s Peter Hamby posted the full text of the Republican’s suggested platform on abortion. It looks strikingly similar to the “personhood” amendments that have failed to garner support in even the country’s most conservative states this year, such as Mississippi and Montana.
In light of Rep. Akin’s comments earlier this week, Republicans—and their candidate for president Mitt Romney—have sought to distance the party from extreme stances on abortion, but the party’s own platform demonstrates its true priorities: a constitutional amendment that would award the same rights that an American citizen enjoys under the 14th Amendment to the “unborn” (no denial of life, liberty, or property without due process).
An excerpt of the GOP plank, which the full party will vote to approve at the convention in Tampa next week.
THE SANCTITY AND DIGNITY OF HUMAN LIFE 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. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.