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GOP platform spoiler alert - no exception for rape, incest in abortion plank

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TAMPA -- It won't be until next week that the delegates of the Republican National Convention will vote on the GOP platform.

But The Buzz obtained a draft of a section on Monday, and it doesn't disappoint. It tilts to the right.

Titled "Restoring Constitutional Government", the eight-page section offers a snapshot of the current state of American conservatism.

It's only a draft, and the platform committee must approve it before the full Republican National Convention votes on it, but here are some excerpts from a document that serves as a guidepost for Mitt Romney's presidential campaign.

Human life amendment

"We assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental 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. We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize heath care which includes aboartion coverage." There is no explicit exception for rape or incest.

Negatory on affirmative action

"We support efforts to help low-income individuals get a fair chance based on their potential and individual merit; but we reject preferences, quotas, and set-asides, as the best or sole methods through which fairness can be achieved, whether in government, education or corporate boardrooms...Merit, ability, aptitude, and results should be the factors that determine advancement in our society."

Undocumented workers don't count

"We support changing the way that the decennial census is conducted, so that citizens are distinguished from lawfully present aliens and illegal aliens. In order to preserve the pinciple of one-person, one-vote, the apportionment of representatives among the states should be according to the number of citizens."

Gay marriage? No way

"We reaffirm our support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman."

No new taxes -- except maybe for war

"We call for a Constitutional amendment requiring a super-majority for any tax increase with exceptions for only war and national emergencies, and imposing a cap limiting spending to historical average percentage of GDP so that future Congresses cannot balance the budget by raising taxes."

Freedom of (some) religion

"We support the public display of the Ten Commandments as a reflection of our history and our country's Judeo-Christian heritage, and we affirm the right of students to engage in prayer at public school events in public schools and to have equal access to public schools and other public facilities to accommodate religious freedoms in the public square."

Stand your ground

"We support the fundamental right to self-defense wherever a law-abiding citizen has a legal right to be, and we support federal legislation that would expand the exercise of that right by allowing those with state-issued carry permits to carry firearms in any state that issues such permits to its own residents."

Medical research

"We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research."

 

 

 

 

 

[Last modified: Tuesday, August 21, 2012 12:21am]

    

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