Tuesday, November 24, 2009


A Pro-Choice RNC?

A handful of RNC members are trying to impose a certain amount of consistency on Republicans running for office by releasing a 10-point summary of principles. Candidates expecting party support should adhere to at least 7 out of 10.

One part kind of jumps out:
(9) We support protecting the lives of vulnerable persons by opposing health care rationing and denial of health care and government funding of abortion;
Contrast that with the language in the 2008 Republican Party platform:
Faithful to the first guarantee of the Declarationof Independence, we assert the inherent dignity andsanctity of all human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life whichcannot be infringed. We support a human lifeamendment to the Constitution, and we endorse leg-islation to make clear that the FourteenthAmendment’s protections apply to unborn children.We oppose using public revenues to promote or per-form abortion and will not fund organizations whichadvocate it. We support the appointment of judgeswho respect traditional family values and the sanctity and dignity of innocent human life.
Now, the statement of principles are not in any way contradictory to the platform. However, they are a lot more, shall we say, "inclusive" of a functionally pro-choice position on abortion. It is, also, arguably less restrictive than even the Stupak amendment which was included in the House health-care package.

And this is, supposedly, the work of the more conservative members of the RNC.


UPDATE: Politico's Ben Smith gets RNC member Jim Bopp to respond to the above observation:

"We do'nt want to get into a debate with candidates on general principles," he said. "These are specific items, when possible, that we expect to come up this year or next year."

The goal, he said, is stopping the Obama agenda.

"After the Republicans take over Congress after the 2010 election, this will change," he said. "This is how we're going to look at the standards for funding candidates election cycle by election cycle."

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