GOP Will Adopt Constitutional Abortion Ban In Party Platform

If Republicans are so eager to distance themselves from the seething misogyny of Representative Todd Akin (R-MO), then how come they are about to enshrine a total abortion ban in their party platform?

It’s a good question. But, we already know the answer. The reason the GOP will adopt as its official position the belief that under no circumstances, not even rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger, should women be allowed to terminate a pregnancy is because it is a party that does not believe in personal liberty for women. Akin is the mainstream of his party. The Republican leadership just hopes we don’t realize that.

The language that will likely be adopted says the following:

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,” the draft platform declares. “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.

Delegates will vote to adopt this constitutional ban on abortion at the Republican convention next week. Women should be horrified as EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock rightly notes in her statement:

Republicans are hell-bent on turning back the clock for women in America – today they’ll vote to make government force a woman impregnated during a rape to carry that pregnancy to term. The days of small government are long gone in the GOP

At EMILY’s List we spend a lot of time examining what women voters care about – and independent women all over the country reject these extremist policies,” Schriock continued. “Instead – from reproductive rights, to equal pay, to Medicare – Republicans are engaged in a cradle to grave assault on the programs women need to keep themselves and their families healthy. That’s why this November, voters are going to re-elect the President, and send him strong Democratic women in the House and Senate to help promote a progressive agenda.

Republicans are taking their woman-hating one step further, inserting a “salute” to states pushing “informed consent” laws like the mandatory transvaginal ultrasound laws in Texas and Virginia and the mandated, and scientifically dis-proven, link between breast cancer and abortion in Kansas and abortion and suicide in South Dakota.

This is the modern-day conservative movement–a movement built on the idea that women’s bodies are to be feared, controlled and manipulated. It’s a movement of forced-birth and government controlled procreation and little else, no matter what the campaign ads may claim.

Related Stories:

Dispatches From The War On Women: Meet Paul Ryan

States Enact 95 New Reproductive Rights Restrictions In First Half of 2012

Photo from DonkeyHotey via flickr.


ann paveletz
.6 years ago

Just don't talk about voting. The sooner the gop are out of office every last one of them because if they keep the house just bend over and kiss the grass-goodbyeAnn

Patricia G.
Patricia Gal6 years ago

Agree to & Agreed totally with Karen B.... on "Vote Democratic" all the way down to the lowest electible office. We're going to Win!!!

Terry King
Terry King6 years ago

Brutal stupidity!

L X6 years ago

There is very little difference between the life envisioned for women in America by Ryan and Akin, and the life envisioned for women by, for instance, the Saudi government.

Barbara DeFratis
Barbara DeFratis6 years ago

I am so sorry that I can not find my way back to the original thread where I go so angry about the topic that I was overly concerned about what I wasn't saying to become instead totally cal-is , If Not down right Cold-Hearted, in what I was saying--I know I owe an apology on this topic, but since I cannot find the proper thread and the person who corrected me--I am posting here--I am sorry and Sit Corrected and will do more to control my emotions instead of being controlled by them. To the person who corrected me--Thank You.

Karen B.
Karen Bennick6 years ago

Vote for the Democratic Party for President and all other elections right down to the lowest electible office.
Gone are the days we could vote for the best man.

Geela Green
Geela Green6 years ago

Sad, sad, sad. Thank you.

paola ballanti
Paola Ballanti6 years ago


Suzanne B.
Past Member 6 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V6 years ago

Remember to vote in November