Republicans set to endorse abortion ban, just as they did in 2008. And 2004. And 1976.

August 21, 2012

CNN's Peter Hamby reports that the Republican Party is set to endorse a ban against all abortions, including in cases of rape and incest. The language is getting some attention, no doubt, coming in the middle of a national debate over abortion rights and how rape victims fit in.

It's worth noting though, that this language isn't new. The Republican Party platform first addressed abortion in 1976, offering support for those looking for a full ban. As you can see below, however, the language wasn't exactly a full-throated endorsement:

The Republican Party favors a continuance of the public dialogue on abortion and supports the efforts of those who seek enactment of a constitutional amendment to restore protection of the right to life for unborn children.

That language became more forceful in 1980, when the Republican platform "affirm[ed] our support of a constitutional amendment to restore protection of the right to life for unborn children."

The language used in the 1984 platform has continued up through 2008, and is what the party signed off on today:

We therefore reaffirm our support for a human life amendment to the Constitution, and we endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children.

The language that Hamby obtained, from the 2012 draft platform is nearly identical, aside from a few small grammatical changes. "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution," it reads, "And endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children."

 

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