Eagle Forum Legislative Alerts

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Polarized Party Platforms

My quadrennial “Life of the Party” event was held alongside the Republican Convention in Cleveland – and it was a great party. Hundreds of pro-life Republicans gathered to celebrate the victories of and leadership in the pro-life movement. We heard from legendary football coach Lou Holtz who is also a staunch defender of life.

In 1976 I proposed that the platform include protection for unborn children. The measure was easily adopted and the platform has been pro-life ever since, but we had a special reason to celebrate this year. The 2016 platform committee passed stronger than ever language on the issue of abortion. The Republican platform maintains its prior stance that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” We also called for an end of taxpayer funding of Planned Parenthood and no more trafficking of aborted children’s body parts. I am very pleased with the strong language in our platform. As Ronald Reagan said in 1976, “Our platform is a banner of bold, unmistakable colors with no pastel shades.”

Unfortunately, the Democrats want to protect the abortion industry at all costs. Their platform calls for abortions on demand for any reason right up to birth. They demand the repeal of the Hyde and Helms amendments, which prevents taxpayer funding and foreign aid from supporting abortions. Democrats do not just want abortion to be legal, they want to make you pay for it. That is why the “Life of the Party is worth celebrating.” Republicans have tapped into an issue that most people hold dear. The Republican Party stands as the pro-life party in America. The polarized party platforms prove that the abortion issue cannot be ignored by voters in 2016.

*recorded August 2016

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