Posted 11 years ago on Aug. 22, 2012, 7:37 a.m. EST by bensdad
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The platform panel of the Republican National Committee voted to propose a
constitutional amendment outlawing abortion without specific exceptions for rape or incest,
a position at odds with presumptive nominee Mitt Romney.
The decisions in Tampa, as delegates began making their way to Florida for next week's Republican National Convention, are a reminder that, despite months of effort by Romney to project party unity, he is out of step with his party's most committed activists.
The platform committee also adopted a position on Medicare in line with Romney's running mate, Paul Ryan, the Wisconsin congressman who supports turning the federal health insurance program for seniors into a voucher system.
National polls show a majority of Americans favor legal abortion in most cases. Likewise, a small minority of Americans say abortion should be illegal in most cases, according to Gallup.
A Gallup poll last year found that 75 percent of adults say abortion should be legal in cases of rape or incest.
The RNC's proposed abortion language is the same as it's been since 1984. But this year, it comes as GOP officials called on Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., to quit his Senate bid after he made inflammatory comments about rape. Akin, asked in a local TV interview aired Sunday if he opposes abortion in cases of rape, said a woman's body is able to prevent pregnancy in what he called a "legitimate rape."
The party's platform says members of the GOP
"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."
The decision might have passed with little notice if not for Akin, whose comments drew intense criticism and quick calls for him to step aside.
Romney called for Akin to withdraw from his race for the Senate, but not until just two hours before a state-imposed deadline and after several GOP off icials, including leading social conservatives, did first. Akin said he would stay in the race, and he now has until Sept. 25 to seek a court order to take his name off the ballot.
Or if you are not a cro-magnon misogynist - you might want to vote to stop these crackpots .