Trump is proposing a GOP platform that softens abortion stance despite pleas from Christian conservatives

A proposed Republican Party platform backed by presumptive presidential candidate former President Donald Trump would soften the GOP's pro-life stance, removing calls for federal restrictions on abortion access and language opposing same-sex marriage.

The 2024 Republican congressional platform committee reportedly voted 84-18 Monday during a closed session in favor of the proposed abortion plank, which does not require a national abortion ban or a constitutional amendment to protect unborn human life.

In 2016 and 2020, Trump ran on a platform that called for a constitutional amendment to protect unborn life and for a national ban on abortion with some exceptions at 20 weeks into pregnancy. But in the build-up to the 2024 race, Trump has openly expressed support for states to determine their own abortion laws and pushed back against social conservatives seeking to impose federal restrictions on abortion. Trump previously criticized Florida for passing a six-week abortion ban.

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The document refers to the annulment of the decision of the US Supreme Court Roe v. Wade, the decision (1973) that declared abortion to be a constitutional right. Trump appointed three of the judges involved in the decision to overturn roe deerand he believed in his campaign speeches for that decision.

“After 51 years, because of us, that power was given to the states and to a vote of the people,” the document says in part, according to a copy obtained by The Washington Post.

“We will oppose late-term abortion, while supporting mothers and policies that promote prenatal care, access to contraception and IVF (fertility treatments).

Trump's platform draft also removes language condemning the U.S. Supreme Court's 2015 decision making same-sex marriage a national right, according to The Post. The new draft does not weigh in same-sex marriage and states that “Republicans will promote a culture that appreciates the sanctity of marriage, the blessings of childhood, and the fundamental role of families, and supports working parents.”

Conservative Christian groups lobbied the GOP to retain the socially conservative planks of the Republican Party platform, including its pro-life stance. The Washington Family Research Council launched the Platform Integrity Project along with several other Christian and conservative groups.

“Party platforms matter,” FRC president Tony Perkins, a platform committee member, said in a statement. “They state the principles and priorities of a party … America is an unprecedented place of moral and cultural confusion and is in dire need of leadership and moral clarity.”

“The Republican Party must once again communicate a clear and hopeful contrast between the parties by painting a message for voters about the fundamental issues – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness – not in pale pastels but in bright, bold colors.”

Ralph Reed, founder and president of the Faith & Freedom Coalition and a long-time Christian conservative political activist, believes that the language is “indefinitely pro-life.”

“The Republican Party platform makes clear that the unborn child has a right to life that is protected by the Constitution under the due process clause of the 14th amendment,” Reed said. Politics. “That language has been in the GOP platform for 40 years and reflects Ronald Reagan's view.”

“Although aspirational, it applies to both the states and the federal government,” he added. “The proposed ban on late-term abortion also implies federal and state action.”

Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, a 2016 presidential candidate, told CNN that he supported making the Republican platform “reflect our candidate.”

“Our candidate's position happens to be one based in reality. The reality of it is the Supreme Court overturned. Roe v. Wade. What that basically means is now it's not states, it's voters at individual states who will decide how and to what level they want to restrict abortion, if at all,” he said.

“I also think it's important to remember that Democrats, their last platform, basically approved abortion paid for by taxpayers at any time without any restrictions. I think the question here is, are they going to have a radical floor in their platform that require Americans to pay for abortions at any time for any reason up to the moment of birth.”

Perkins disagrees with Rubio.

“I am appalled by Senator Marco Rubio's capitulation to the forces of abortion,” Perkins. tweeted. “There are so many mistakes in his comments that I don't know where to begin. First, a human life amendment has never been in political reach, it has always been aspirational and should remain so. I can assure you that if the GOP leaves the unborn in the Party Platform, it will dampen Bible-believing, conservative voter enthusiasm and turnout.”

Last week, Perkins sent a letter to Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Whatley opposing what he called an unprecedented “RNC Gag Rule,” which he said “limits access to the deliberations of various committees and subcommittees only to the accredited delegates of those committees.” The rule made it so “neither guests nor the press will be allowed to observe the platform committee or subcommittee decisions of the principles and political priorities of the Party.”

“The RNC Gag Rule increases speculation that the GOP platform will be watered down to a few pages of meaningless, poll-tested talking points,” Perkins lamented.

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