GOP drafting abortion ban

CNN gets a hold of the Republican platform draft language:

"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," the draft platform declares. "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."

Similar language has gone into the GOP platform since 2000, but in the wake of Rep. Todd Akin's comments, the abortion plank will undoubtedly get more scrutiny.

Were such an amendment adopted, it would ban abortion. Some versions of the "human life amendment" include explicit exceptions for rape, incest, or the mother's health. Others do not. Mitt Romney supports rape and incest exceptions, and he has argued for focusing on overturning Roe v. Wade rather than the federal amendment.

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