REPUBLICAN PARTY REAFFIRMS COMMITMENT TO LIFE

GOP Platform Committee adopts language
dedicated to protecting mothers and their unborn children

TAMPA, Fla. – The Republican Platform Committee today adopted language to reaffirm its support for legal protection for unborn children.

The platform reads, “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 Republican Party is the party of life,” said National Right to Life President Carol Tobias. “The language adopted today makes a strong stand supporting the most vulnerable members of our society. We applaud the Republican Party and the dedicated members of the platform committee for reaffirming and renewing their efforts on behalf of mothers and their unborn children.”

Recognizing that previous Congresses, under Republican leadership, passed the Born-Alive Infant Protection Act and a ban on partial-birth abortions, the platform calls for legislation to ban abortions for sex-selection and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain.

The platform “salutes” those who provide women facing an unplanned pregnancy with support and alternatives, empowering them to choose life.

The platform also states that the Republican party opposes the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities.

The platform adopted by the committee in Tampa today will be presented to convention delegates for official adoption next week.

Mrs. Tobias is in Tampa and available for onsite interviews and comment. To arrange an interview, contact the National Right to Life Communications Department at (202) 626-8825.

Founded in 1968, the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of 50 state right-to-life affiliates and more than 3,000 local chapters, is the nation’s oldest and largest grassroots pro-life organization. Recognized as the flagship of the pro-life movement, NRLC works through legislation and education to protect innocent human life from abortion, infanticide, assisted suicide and euthanasia.