****UPDATED: Now a Plank in the Platform **********
CNN is reporting that there is a draft for the Republican Platform at their convention that will introduce a "human life amendment". This is only a draft according to CNN, but it reveals the extent of the War upon Women. No exceptions for rape or incest. The unborn have all rights listed in the Fourteenth Amendment.
I am speechless. With this cellular personhood amendment, most hormonal (if not all) birth control will be outlawed as well.
Update 1: Thanks for the Rec List, my first.
Update 2: The Republicans have had this plank in their platform since at least2004.
Update 3: From the CNN article: Tony Perkins may have been involved this year as he was in 2008.
Debate over the abortion plank flared four years ago when John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee at the time, said he wanted to add language to the platform to recognize exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.Update 4: In my opinion, just because this Human Life Amendment is, and seems to have been a regular plank does not mean that we should just ignore it this time around. Ryan and Akin have introduced bill after bill to get portions of this amendment through Congress. They are not going to leave this subject alone, and we could have a staunch supporter a heartbeat away from the Presidency. We need to hang this around the necks of not only Romney/Ryan, but around the necks of all Republican candidates, in the same manner as we need to hang the Ryan budget.
That prompted angry finger-wagging from top social conservatives.
Tony Perkins, the president of the Family Research Council, chided McCain and said it would be "political suicide" for him to add language about exceptions for rape or incest in the abortion platform.
UPDATE 5 From Think Progress:
The Republican National Convention Platform has approved the “human life amendment,” which would ban abortion without exception for rape or incest.So this is no longer just a draft item, the Romney folk have been in on it all week. No place for them to etch-a-sketch themselves away from it.
3 hours agoUpdate: Comments I like:
First on CNN: GOP prepares tough anti-abortion platform
CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby
Tampa, Florida (CNN) - The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for "a human life amendment" to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.
"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."
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The party will reaffirm its opposition to federally-funded stem cell research and demand that the government "should not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage."
Republicans have also inserted a "salute" to states pushing "informed consent" laws - an apparent reference to ultrasound bills that have moved through some state legislatures - "mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation."
So let me get this straight... (40+ / 0-)
They want to deny people born in this country citizenship because they had parents who weren't citizens because they don't think the 14th Amendment should apply to them. But at the same time they'd want to keep a fetus, whose parents might not be citizens, from being aborted because of the same 14th Amendment. Which means that a fetus would be protected until the moment it was born when they'd deport its ass out of the country before it had its first diaper put on it.
Romney's religion is only an issue because he's a high priest in the Church of Mammon.
by ontheleftcoast on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 01:15:29 AM PDT
It's nobody's business if I have (23+ / 0-)
An abortion. The minute you begin to lobby for them to be rare, that means you have to start documenting what goes on in my vagina and my uterus. Before I know it, here you guys come with your raping wand to punish me for abortions not being rare enough for your taste. My abortion is none of your business.
by Militarytracy on Tue Aug 21, 2012 at 05:52:23 AM PDT