Republicans endorse Trump's party platform and abandon 40-year efforts to ban abortion

Republicans endorse Trump's party platform and abandon 40-year efforts to ban abortion


The Republican National Committee (RNC) has approved a new party platform promoted by former President Donald Trump. It scales back the Republicans' explicit opposition to abortion and, for the first time in 40 years, drops the party's call for a nationwide ban on abortion.

Since the new policy does not call for a nationwide ban, the decision on abortion restrictions is de facto left to the states.

Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council, an elected member of the RNC's platform committee, had warned in advance of the planned change. He told CBN News that he was fighting to keep a pro-life statement in the party's platform.

“America cannot be great unless it is morally good. It must have that foundation,” Perkins had noted.

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Several sources briefed on the contents of the new document say it actually states: “We believe that the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that no person shall be denied life or liberty without due process of law and that the states are therefore free to enact laws to protect those rights.”

At least one pro-life group takes a positive view of this statement.

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, said, “It is important that Republicans today reaffirm their commitment to protecting unborn life through the 14th Amendment. Under this amendment, it is Congress that enacts and enforces its provisions. The Republican Party remains staunchly pro-life at the national level.”

And Ralph Reed, founder and chairman of the Faith and Freedom Coalition, said: “The Republican platform makes clear that the unborn child has a right to life, protected by the Constitution under the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment. This language has been in the Republican platform for 40 years and reflects the views of Ronald Reagan. While ambitious, it applies to both the states and the federal government. The proposed ban on late-term abortions also implies action at both the federal and state levels. It is an uncompromising pro-life position and we are grateful to President Trump and the Republican Party for standing up for life.”

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022 and returned the matter to the states, abortion has been a major national political issue.

Trump had supported a federal law in 2018 that would have banned abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, although the bill failed to gain the support it needed in the Senate. But after the Supreme Court's 2022 Dobbs ruling on abortion, Trump angered some pro-life groups by saying he did not support a national ban and that the issue should be decided by individual states.

The RNC's new platform also omits Republican support for the traditional definition of marriage as a union between “a man and a woman.” The Trump campaign team sent us the following list of 20 goals that will remain in the new Republican platform:

1. CLOSE THE BORDER AND STOP THE MIGRANTS’ INVASION

2. CARRY OUT THE LARGEST DEPORTATION OPERATION IN AMERICAN HISTORY

3. End inflation and make America affordable again

4. MAKE AMERICA BY FAR THE MOST IMPORTANT ENERGY PRODUCER IN THE WORLD!

5. Stop outsourcing and make the US a manufacturing superpower

6. Big tax cuts for employees and no tax on tips!

7. DEFEND OUR CONSTITUTION, OUR BILL OF RIGHTS, AND OUR FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS, INCLUDING FREEDOM OF SPEECH, FREEDOM OF RELIGION, AND THE RIGHT TO KEEP AND BEAR ARMS

8. PREVENT WORLD WAR III, RESTORE PEACE IN EUROPE AND THE MIDDLE EAST, AND BUILD A LARGE IRON DOME MISSILE SHIELD OVER OUR ENTIRE COUNTRY – ALL MADE IN AMERICA

9. Stop the government's use of weapons against the American people.

10. Stop migrant crime, dismantle foreign drug cartels, end gang violence and lock up violent criminals.

11. Rebuild our cities, including Washington DC, and make them safe, clean and beautiful again.

12. STRENGTHEN AND MODERNIZE OUR MILITARY TO MAKE IT WITHOUT QUESTION THE STRONGEST AND MOST POWERFUL IN THE WORLD

13. Maintain the US dollar as the world reserve currency

14. FIGHT AND PROTECT SOCIAL SECURITY AND MEDICAL CARE WITHOUT CUTS, EVEN WITHOUT CHANGES TO THE RETIREMENT AGE

15. Removal of the electric vehicle requirement and removal of expensive and burdensome regulations

16. Cut federal funding to any school that teaches our children critical race theories, radical gender ideologies, and other inappropriate racist, sexual, or political content.

17. Keep men away from women’s sports

18. Deport pro-Hamas radicals and make our college campuses safe and patriotic again.

19. Secure our elections, including same-day voting, VOTER IDENTIFICATION, paper ballots and proof of citizenship

20. UNITE OUR COUNTRY BY TAKING IT TO NEW AND RECORD LEVELS OF SUCCESS

Source: www2.cbn.com

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