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Monday, December 15, 2014

Defining Pro-Life in Dallas

Ronald Reagan was elected President in 1980 and was easily re-nominated at the Republican National Convention in 1984 in Dallas. That Convention adopted a Republican Platform that enunciated Reagan-style conservatism and pro-family goals at home and abroad. At Republican Conventions, the rules call for each state to elect one man and one woman to each convention committee. Congressman Henry Hyde and I were the two Delegates elected by Illinois to serve on the Platform Committee. I am so proud of our handiwork at that Dallas Convention. We beefed up the pro-life plank and made it read: "The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." Although the pro-abortion faction repeatedly tried to eliminate or weaken this plank, this important pro-life plank has remained unchanged through the subsequent Republican conventions of 1988, 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008 and 2012.

Ronald Reagan won a big reelection vote in 1984 because he and the Platform offered voters a clear-cut choice, not an echo, on issues that matter to Americans – national defense, foreign policy, Communism, fiscal policy, and social and family concerns. The Platform took a strong stand for lower taxes, for human life, against the Equal Rights Amendment, for parents’ rights in public schools, against gay rights, against judicial supremacy, and for an anti-missile defense. In 1984, we doubled the conservative vote. The 27 million conservatives who voted for Barry Goldwater in 1964 grew to 54 million conservatives in 1984.

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