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Subject: Our take on the Abortion Plank 2012...the Press has been bamboozled
The Press has been fed a bunch of BS on the GOP Platform. Despite what you and the Press are being led to believe, The Platform is NOT more radical than years' p ast. And it
continues to feature things that are a sop to the "pro-life" faction that will never happen. The language is less inflammatory
and has "enough weasel" wording to make it a little more palatable
to many on the pro-choice side -- a little more but not much.
Below is the "new" Platform Plank -- our comments are in bold and in parentheses -- the exact wording in non-bold type is:
The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life
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. (this is the same) 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.(this will never happen...now is not a specific bill name as before and might or might not have exceptions but 2/3rds of Congress and 3/4s of the states will NEVER pass it!! ) We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations which perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage. (the GOP does not want to fund anything not called for in the Constitution so this is typical...not just about abortion) We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. (very cleverly worded...these judges have to respect...its not as strict a litmus test as in the past since a pro-choice person could easily agree to this) We oppose the non-consensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.(well don't we all agree with most of this except possibly for the assisted suicide but it depends on a person's faith)
Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and permitted States to extend health care coverage to children before birth.(old news...this approach was very effective PR but did NOT stop one abortion) We urge Congress to strengthen the Born Alive Infant Protection Act by enacting appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery where the death of the infant is intended.(most pro-choice folks believe in this too...if the fetus is born it should be protected) We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions – gender discrimination in its most lethal form (most pro-choice folks agree)– and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia.(their claims about the fetus feeling pain are currently largely based on "junk science" so let's have the discussion on REAL science...this is another PR angle just as the so-called "partial birth" approach was) We call for a ban on the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. We support and applaud adult stem cell research to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. (most Americans disagree but this is not new for the Platform)
We also salute the many States that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation.(Salute? Really? But not strong language to encourage more) We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy.(we would rather notification and that was debated but we lost -- but I like the moral obligation language -- that is an improvement from years' past) We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose life, and we take comfort in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.(pro-choice advocates totally agree and find common ground on the adoption initiatives)
This Plank leaves open several important loose ends -- three major ones with this "human life amendment concept": 1) Whether the GOP wants to see women jailed if they self-abort or what to what extent they are complicit in the act 2) Whether the GOP favors a national registry of pregnant women to enforce such a law 3) if the GOP would favor outlawing all abortifacient contraception.
That is why the GOP will never move forward on this concept ...the debate over these "loose ends" would be DEVASTATING!
We at Republicans For Choice offered the following language which appears at the top of the section for the Abortion Plank which in effect nullifies the effect:
The Republican Party includes Americans from every faith and tradition, and our policies and positions respect the right of every American to follow his or her beliefs and underscore our reverence for the religious freedom envisioned by the Founding Fathers of our nation and of our Party."
If you follow that tenet then ALL religions that allow for abortion also allow that the GOP would respect their right to that right which includes most major religions in the US with the exception of the Roman Catholic Church and most of the Southern Baptists. Other than that, most mainstream religions, including the Jewish faith and most other Protestant denominations, hold that the woman should have the right to choose.
New National Poll Contains Surprises for GOP
Pro-life paradox could undermine current GOP game plan
Tampa, Florida - An omnibus poll fielded August 15-19 provided some surprises for the GOP and the nation. "Mitt Romney are you listening?" asks Republican for Choice.
Ann Stone, National Chairman of Republicans For Choice who sponsored these questions on choice included in this national survey, said:
“There are two important conclusions to be drawn from this survey. First, the majority of the GOP 71% (up to 81% with leaners) is solidly in favor of women having control over their reproductive decisions, or in other words, they are pro-choice.
Second, national pollsters need to stop using self-labeling to gauge true sentiment on the issue of choice. These labels ahve clearly lost their meaning. Clearly, 70% of people who call themselves pro-life are actually in favor of the woman making the decision on choice which in fact makes them pro-choice.
We challenge ALL national pollsters to start including this main question (Q1) in all of their surveys to test the validity of this outcome."
Q1 Regardless of how you personally feel about the issue of abortion…who do you believe should have the right to make that decision regarding whether to have an abortion…Should the woman, her family and her doctor make the decision or should the government make the decision?
1 Strongly the woman, her family and her doctor
2 Not strongly the woman, her family and her doctor
3 Not strongly the government
4 Strongly the government
9 Don’t know
GOP/ IND/ DEM
Strongly the woman 71% /80%/ 89%
Not strongly the woman 10%/ 6%/ 5%
Not strongly the government */ * /0%
Strongly the government 3% /2%/ 1%
Conclusion: the GOP is 71% pro-choice and up to 81% with leaners
Strongly the woman 70% /93%
Not strongly the woman 11%/ 4%
Not strongly the government * /0%
Strongly the government 4%/ 1%
Conclusion: 70% of those who self-label as pro-life in fact are pro-choice…self-labels lose meaning
Republicans who pursue taking choice and rights from women risk ultimate backlash from female voters. You have been warned.
Poll was contracted with TNS, an independent research firm which conducts a weekly survey of 1,000 adults.
8/21/12 Press Release - RFCpollresultspressrelease
Republicans in Good Faith Don’t Discriminate
They also believe government should stay out of the Boardroom….and the Bedroom as a moral issue…
Tampa, Florida – Republicans For Choice(RFC) joined today with Catholics for Choice as well as The National Council of Jewish Women and Log Cabin Republicans in calling for an end to the use of faith, by some in the GOP, as a political weapon.
“Republicans in good faith don’t use faith to discriminate. They recognize the hypocrisy of advocating government get out of the boardroom but not the bedroom. They understand as well that they need to welcome and embrace voters of all religious persuasions not just the few who have dominated the discussions in the recent past.” …said Ann Stone, National Chairman of Republicans For Choice. “It is time for them to recognize that those who oppose the vocal social conservatives within the Party are not immoral or lacking in personal values and in fact are more consistent in their small government, “leave us alone” approach to politics. Issues like a woman’s right to choose should not be in politics -- they are personal issues, personal choices.”
Should He Stay or Should He Go?
Tampa, Florida -- Republicans For Choice (RFC) spoke out strongly in reaction to the outrageous claims of Senate candidate Todd Akin that a woman’s body will somehow magically reject the sperm of a rapist in a “legitimate rape…” and not result in pregnancy.
“Todd Akin should step down immediately. He has shown that he is incapable of adequately representing the interests of the women in his state or this nation. We should not have to worry about what wacky ideas he will come up with next that endangers women’s health, or safety. His female constituents deserve better.” Said Ann Stone, National Chairman of Republicans For Choice.
8/22/12 - TO THE POINT - Akin and Abortion
(Ann Stone portion starts around 27 minutes into radio show)
Click Below for full show or fast forward to 27 minutes:
TO THE POINT RADIO SHOW - AKIN AND ABORTION
RFC COMMISSIONS NATIONAL POLL
Republicans For Choice has commissioned an important new National Poll on a woman's right to choose. It asks a question the national pollsters aren't asking. Stay tuned! The Poll is in the field now and will be finalized Monday August 20th.
FINALLY A 2012 PLATFORM CHAIR...ABOUT TIME!!
This past week the Chair and Co-Chairs of the Platform Committee were finally announced less than 50 days before the Platform Hearings are to start. Normally these appointments are done earlier in the year...even in a contested set of Presidential primaries. This is the latest appointment of a Chair in the past 20 years.
Republicans For Choice (RFC) holds out some hope that the newly-appointed Platform Chair, Governor McDonnell of Virginia, who experienced first-hand earlier this year, the blowback when women's rights, privacy and judgement is called into question, learned from that experience.
As a result of that reaction statewide by the women of Virginia, he backed off pushing for an invasive ultrasound requirement before a woman could seek an abortion and helped table the so-called Personhood Amendment that was winding through the General Assembly.
Those two measures likely cost him the possibility of the Vice President slot on the GOP Presidential ticket for which he had been one of the favorites. So he has felt the first-hand reprocussions of what happens when the extreme elements of the GOP are allowed to run amuck.
RFC hopes to be able to work with his representatives to craft language that will show the American people that the GOP offers real solutions to the question of abortion and contraception that do not seek to send women and their rights back into the 1950's , 60's or earlier... We shall see...
RFC APPALLED AT RUSH LIMBAUGH FOR REMARKS
Republicans For Choice has this to say to Rush Limbaugh...SHUT UP you misogynist jerk!
AT LAST MINUTE VIRGINIA HOUSE AND GOVERNOR REVISE AND CHANGE COURSE ON ULTRASOUND BILL
REVISED BILL STILL BAD BUT NOT AS BAD? IRONY IN GOVERNOR’S COMMENTS THAT THE REVISION IS DUE TO NOT WANTING GOVERNMENT TO INTERFERE WITH DOCTOR/PATIENT DECISION….WHAT?? MAYBE HE NEEDS TO READ THE BILL AGAIN…
The Virginia House of Delegates passed on Wednesday a revised version of a GOP-sponsored informed consent bill (HB462) that would require women to undergo an ultrasound at least 24 hours before having an abortion.
The new bill, which requires women to receive an external, transabdominal ultrasound, rather than a more invasive transvaginal ultrasound passed the House in Richmond, by a vote of 65-32.
Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) revoked his support for the original bill minutes before the House began debate, saying the government did not have the power to require the transvaginal procedure.
The amended bill now returns to the Senate where its sponsor, Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Winchester), has said she will strike the legislation. A House version, by Del. Kathy Byron, is pending before a Senate committee. It would also require a copy of the ultrasound and written certification be maintained in a woman’s medical record at the facility where the abortion is to be performed.
The original measures, SB 484 and HB 1, spearheaded by Del. Bob Marshall (R-Manassas), have received national media attention (none of it good) this week after being mocked on Saturday Night Live, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and blasted on the Rachel Maddow Show.
Representative David Albo of Northern Virginia announced to his colleagues that his wife denied him sex after hearing about the bill on the Rachel Maddow Show.
In a press release issued Wednesday, McDonnell reaffirmed his pro-life stance and belief that government has a duty to protect human life, but noted that after meeting with other governors, physicians, attorneys, legislators, advocacy groups and citizens he sees no need for an invasive mandate.
"It is clear that in the majority of cases, a routine external, transabdominal ultrasound is sufficient to meet the bills stated purpose, that is, to determine gestational age,” said McDonnell in the release.
"Thus, having looked at the current proposal, I believe there is no need to direct by statute that further invasive ultrasound procedures be done. Mandating an invasive procedure in order to give informed consent is not a proper role for the state. No person should be directed to undergo an invasive procedure by the state, without their consent, as a precondition to another medical procedure."
McDonnell said that should another form of ultrasound be necessary to provide the necessary images and information it will be between the doctor and the patient. "The government will have no role in that medical decision," said McDonnell.
As written, SB 484 (identical to HB462) , introduced by Sen. Jill Vogel (R-Winchester), would require that "as a component of informed consent to an abortion, to determine gestation age, every pregnant female shall undergo ultrasound imaging and be given an opportunity to view the ultrasound image of her fetus prior to the abortion."
The Washington Post previously reported that McDonnell, up until last weekend, had supported the original bill with the transvaginal unltrasound and would sign it into law.
PRO-CHOICE VICTORY IN MISSISSIPPI
On November 8, 2011 one of the most radical anti-choice bills ever introduced went down to overwhelming defeat after months of rallying pro-choice voters to stand up for women's right to choose.
The so called “Personhood Initiative” is the newest organized anti-choice assault on women. But with many groups working together the pro-choice movement kept its record intact of defeating EVERY single anti-choice initiative our opposition has come up with.
RFC Chair, Ann Stone, spent weeks on the phone calling independents, RFC donors, moderate voters and any names of individuals who claimed they were undecided on this controversial bill.
RFC sent out thousands of letters urging not only pro-choice and mixed -hoice voters to make sure they got to the polls -- but also sounded the alarm that if this bill passed -- it would set a very dangerous precedent that other anti-choice states would soon follow.
"Just because we won the fight here doesn't mean the antis will give up. Their real goal is to pass a law in one of the states that they know will be immediately challenged and taken all the way up to the Supreme Court. The ultimate goal isn't saving lives -- they don't care if the mother's life is in jeopardy or if a girl or woman was raped -- this bill called for NO exceptions. The antis want Roe overturned -- and they will use any method they can to do it -- no matter who gets hurt in the meantime," stated Ann Stone National Chair of RFC.
In state after state, the antis keep introducing outrageous bills hoping we aren't watching or that we'll run out of money fighting to protect a woman's Constitutional right to choose. RFC supporters have repeatedly indicated this is where they want their money spent -- not on candidates -- but on killing these horrendous anti-choice bills before they can gain any real momentum.
RFC has several new plans of attack for 2012. Funds permitting, RFC will start exposing why the antis need this issue so badly versus what they claim they are trying to do.
If the antis really cared about stopping abortion then they would support sex education programs in schools. How many abused children in foster homes have been adopted by antis? How many unwanted children die each year like in Washington, DC where several children were found in freezers who had been murdered by adults who didn't care or really want them or couldn't afford to support them.
Perhaps it is time the antis started picking up the tab for all the welfare children taxpayers support each year!
It is very easy for people to sit back and judge what someone should do but until you walk in that woman’s shoes, you truly can’t fairly judge her circumstance or reason for her very difficult, personal decision. And let’s not forget that more than 60% of abortions come from failed contraception.
Mississippi's Governor Haley Barbour, who has always been vocally anti-choice, even felt that the proposed state law banning ALL abortions by invoking “Personhood” went too far and said so. He got a great deal of criticism from the antis over his words of caution – and is still feeling the heat.
Mississippi is one of the most anti-choice states in the country. That RFC and other pro-choice groups defeated this bill is no small feat. Some say "Oh, it never would have passed." But the numbers going into Election Day were close -- no one really knew what the outcome would be -- it all depended on voter turnout.
This is a major victory for the pro-choice movement. But no sooner did the bill go down in overwhelming defeat than the antis introduced the same exact bill in 6 other states!
They underestimate pro-choice voters’ determination and conviction. Although this fight is far from over -- as long as RFC is around -- we will fight the good fight to preserve a woman's right to choose.
I have coined a new term...we will call it the "Victoria principle" in honor of the first woman to run for President, Victoria Woodhull. This principle simply stated is: No journalist should ask a question or do an article on a female Presidential contender or any woman running for office that would not be asked of, or done on, a male candidate.
Is that too much to ask?? Ann Stone
ABORTION IN THE US -- THE MOST RECENT STATISTICS
Who are the women who obtain abortions in the United States? Why do they decide to end a pregnancy? What are their social and economic circumstances? This video was created by the Guttmacher Institute, a leading research and policy organization on sexual and reproductive health.
SPECIAL CONDOLENCES TO
THE FORD FAMILY...
Thank you Betty!
Our condolences go out to the Ford family, Michael, Jack, Steven and Susan, on the passing of
their mother, former First Lady, Betty Ford, age 93.
Some historians think she had a greater impact
our country than her husband, the late President
Gerald Ford, through her many charitable works
and the program she created in founding the
Betty Ford Center.
She was a strong supporter of Republicans For Choice and our work. At the
1992 and 1996 Conventions, she actually helped lobby Delegates on our behalf. We will always cherish our memories of her and her commitment to preserving
a woman's right to choose.
FAR RIGHT STILL LYING ABOUT SCIENCE OF FETAL DEVELOPMENT
For decades, the Far Right anti-choice movement has been lying to Americans about the science of fetal development. Now they are formulating and introducing legislation to try and undermine Roe using the myth of fetal pain. They have frightened women and their families with stories of the fetus (unborn baby) in agony, feeling pain from abortion.
FINALLY, independent and real science to put that myth to rest.
Please visit this link:
In recognition of the recent anniversary of his assassination, and the resultant misinformation spread about him, we wanted to set the record straight…
DR. GEORGE TILLER WAS NOT AN EVIL MAN
Dr. Tiller was an early supporter and donor to Republicans For Choice. In 1991, he invited Ann Stone, RFC National Chair, to join him and his family for dinner after she attended and spoke at a rally in Wichita, Kansas during the so-called Summer of Mercy demonstrations.
Those demonstrations were marked by sporadic bursts of violence by so-called anti-choice demonstrators. Dr. Tiller, and his clinic, was among the targets.
Ann tells us that they had the dinner at a private club wince they needed to go somewhere that had security. Dr. Tiller hold her how his family was, and had been, personally harassed. As one example, his daughter had to change her wedding plans multiple times to find a secure location.
She asked him why he continued his practice of providing late-term abortion services. He was one of only three in the country at that time that did so.
His answer was swift and unconditional, "They had no where else to turn, I was their last hope...how could I turn away from them?" He then proceeded to lay out stacks
of notes he had received over the years from former patients and their families. They praised him for his courage and for being there for them when no one else would help. Some went on to tell him how their lives had improved as a result.
Dr. Tiller was emotional as he talked about the agony these families had gone through in making these painful decisions. It angered him that anyone thought this was ever an easy decision. He wanted Ann to understand why this right remained so important to women and their families.
Dr. Tiller left the GOP years later due to increasing pressure and antagonism from those on the Far Right in the GOP. But he had told us that Republicans For Choice (RFC) had a special part to play. Working within the GOP, to promote greater understanding of what this issue really means to women and their families, is no small task.
Great tragedies like the brutal murder of this brave man (while he was serving as an usher in his church) underlines how more needs to be done to bring the two sides together to make sure this kind of violence is stomped out once and for all.
Dr. Tiller was not an evil man. He was not a baby killer. He was a dedicated physician who trusted women and their families to make the decision about this procedure. He simply remained steadfast and ready to provide this service to them if they so chose.
Many of the women who came to him faced it as a life or death decision; for others it was a mental health question. Ann recalled one note from the mother of a pre-teen whose life had nearly been destroyed by her pregnancy. She wrote with great emotion of how he had saved her child when no one else would.
There are two sides to the stories in the abortion wars. And both sides are quick to demonize and make examples of the most extreme cases. This is no way to find solutions or dramatically affect the abortion rate. Both sides need to think again about how the decimal level of this debate can be reduced and women and their families can benefit instead of being pawns in a public relations war.
Maybe this killing of a prominent figure who was so often demonized... a killing in his house of worship...can serve as a wake up call. Maybe some good can come of it...
and that Dr. Tiller will not have died in vain. We can only hope.
NOTE: Interestingly, Ann Stone and Dr. Tiller both belong to the same denomination, the Lutheran Church, ELCA. Their church recognizes a woman's right to choose but advocates it as a measure of last resort. Dr. Tiller also saw it in that light.
This point is important for those who claim the moral high road and invoke religion on this issue. Many of the most mainstream religions in the US today also support this as the
woman's right to decide.
You would never know this from the mainstream media's coverage of this debate.
More on Ann Stone's Views On Dr. Tiller --