The anti-abortion plank: where Idaho Republicans stand

The national Republican Party platform’s anti-abortion plank goes beyond what GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney would support.

And it goes beyond what top Idaho Republicans support.

As first reported by CNN, and repeated in various media outlets, here’s the wording: “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. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”
The key in the language is its lack of exceptions.

Romney opposes abortion, except in cases of rape and incest, or pregnancies that threaten the mother’s life. Idaho Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch and 2nd District Rep. Mike Simpson hold similar views. First District Rep. Raul Labrador supports abortion only when a mother’s life is in jeopardy. (I also made repeated inquiries with Gov. Butch Otter, who will attend next week’s convention, but received no response.)

This plank is drawing increased scrutiny, of course, because of Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., the Senate candidate who said a woman’s body has mechanisms to prevent pregnancy in a case of “legitimate rape.” This became an Idaho talking point this week, when Democratic challenger Jimmy Farris called on Labrador to disavow Akin’s remarks. Labrador didn’t respond.

Of course, no candidate is bound to run on a platform, which is often written by a party’s hardliners. But no one can seriously question the Idaho delegation’s conservatism on social issues. It is telling, then, that the abortion plank outflanks even this quartet.

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Where Idaho Republicans stand?

Here is a quote by Chuck Winder questioning whether women know if they conceived a child via rape - when he was defending his state forced object rape bill:

“Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.”

That's where Idaho Republicans stand.
No thanks!

And you claim to speak for all Idaho Republicans....

the height of arrogance.

Pro-Choice on Everything

Knowning what is none of your business is critical in any society. What makes these guys think that these personal, medical, legal issues are theirs to decide?

Freedom and liberty, two issues at the foundation of our country, demand we respect the decisions of those engaged in a legal behavior with which we have a religious conflict.

Hope they see an interesting Tshirt seen in Boise a month or so ago. It says, "Get Your Bible Off My Body". Good advice. Some things are just none of your business.

Butt Out!

But, in retrospect, it would have been a great foursome.

My oldest son, and my nephew had a wonderful round of golf last week. The guys are both 30 years old, and a laugh a minute.

I never told them that in '82, my sister, my first wife, and their best friend Bonnie all wound up pregnant at the same time. Bonnie's circ-umstance led her to an abortion. To this day she has never totally recovered from her decision back then.

We are free to make these decisions, but, many times, unprepared to live with their consequence.

It will be interesting to watch the Dems .....

Run away from Obama's record and desperately try to make the election about something else. It will also be fun to watch the Statesman support that effort.

Not as fun and interesting as

how the Rs have run away from the man on who's watch 9/11 happened and our economy tanked. But of course they will honor him at their convention...

Still running against "W" I see.

If that's all you've got, you really are desperate and leaderless. Enjoy that Koolaid!

No abortion exceptions for Democrats either

"The key in the language is its lack of exceptions."

So did the language in previous GOP platforms contain any exceptions? I don't recall, but I'm inclined to think it did not.

Democrats have a much bigger problem with their platform this year coming out in favor of partial-birth abortions and sex-selective abortions. In other words, they believe there should be no exceptions when a woman wants to end her pregnancy at any time in any manner and for any reason. All abortions are good.
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P.S. Mark Steyn has a great column out today about the Democrats war on children. The ones they can't prevent from being conceived with a contraceptive mandate, or abort before they have an opportunity to exit the womb naturally, will be enslaved with trillions in debt and taxes.

And, btw, unlike the GOP platform language on abortion, Democrats did change the language in the abortion plank of their platform. It used to state they believed abortions should be rare, but that language was eliminated from the 2012 platform.

FYI, Kevin, re so-called "abortion plank"

"The 2012 platform adopted the identical pro-life language that has been in the platform since the late Rep. Henry Hyde inserted it in 1984 in Dallas. It affirms that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” "

Read more: SCHLAFLY: Republican Party platform best yet - Washington Times
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If this pro-life language was good enough for Reagan, it should be good enough for Romney and Idaho's congressional reps.

CNN did not exist in 1984, so what do they know about "breaking news?"

Meanwhile, the Democrat Party's war on children continues. They have banned children from the convention floor but have provided no day care services for families who bring their children to the convention. What's up with that? An X-rated convention?