GOP Platform Committee Calls for Defunding of Planned Parenthood

By Barbara Hollingsworth | July 13, 2016 | 9:57am EDT
Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY), chairman of the Republican Platform Committee. (AP photo)


( –  The Republican Party’s Platform Committee adopted a draft document Tuesday that not only recognizes the unborn child’s “fundamental right to life,” but also calls for defunding Planned Parenthood and states that the GOP will “not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage.”

The draft platform still has to be adopted by the full GOP Convention, which will be held in Cleveland next week.

The Platform Committee, which was chaired by Sen. John Barrasso (R-WY) - who has a 100 percent pro-life voting record, according to the National Right to Life Committee - and dominated by social conservatives, adopted language to defund Planned Parenthood:

“The Constitution's guarantee that no one can be deprived of life, liberty, or property deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence's proclamation that ‘all’ are ‘endowed by their Creator’ with the right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.  

“We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to children before birth.  We oppose the use of public funds to perform or promote abortion or to fund organizations, like Planned Parenthood, that perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage.”

In contrast, the Democratic Party’s draft platform calls for continued funding of Planned Parenthood and repeal of the Hyde Amendment, which bars the direct use of federal funds to pay for abortions:

“We will continue to stand up to Republican efforts to defund Planned Parenthood health centers, which provide critical health services to millions of people. We will continue to oppose – and seek to overturn – federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment,” it says.

On Monday, the Republican Platform Committee also voted down proposals to strike language defining marriage as between one man and one woman and declaring the party’s opposition to policies that allow transgender individuals to use public bathrooms designated for the opposite sex.

Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council (FRC) and a delegate on the Platform Committee from Louisiana, told that he believes the 2016 GOP Platform will be “one of the most conservative platforms the party’s ever had.”

"I’ve been on the Platform [Committee] before, I actually worked the platform going back to 2004, and the Trump campaign has not been pushing back,” Perkins told CNSNews on Tuesday.

“They’ve been here, but they’ve not been strong-arming delegates. The RNC [Republican National Committee] has been playing it very straight as kind of the umpires of the process, and I’d say it’s been pretty encouraging to see the conservative make-up of the delegates from across the country.

“There’s a few, you know, moderates in here that are offering amendments to try to promote the LGBT agenda, so those are soundly rejected. And I think we’re going to come away with one of the most conservative platforms the party’s ever had.” 

In April, presumed GOP nominee Donald Trump said on the Today show that he “absolutely” wanted to change the Republican platform on abortion to make exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.

CNSNews asked Perkins if he anticipated any friction between the Trump campaign and the conservative pro-life GOP platform going forward.

“I can’t necessarily predict what’s going to happen. I can only go based on what I’ve seen so far. And they’ve allowed the delegates to do their work, so I think they’re going to respect the platform,” Perkins replied.

“I mean, Donald Trump is Donald Trump. He has his campaign, he has his message, and I don’t think that’s going to change.

“But I also think he will respect the work of the delegates and I think he’s going to respect the party and the principles they lay out as important,” Perkins said.

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