Republicans Pass 2024 Party Platform

Republicans Pass a 2024 Party Platform amid concerns from Pro-Life members about softening position on Life


by Randy DeSoto, The Western Journal, July 8, 2024

Former President Donald Trump celebrated passage of the Republican Party’s 2024 platform on Monday, while some pro-life supporters lamented its watered down commitment to protecting the lives of the unborn.

One week ahead of the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, the platform committee approved a 16-page document, containing a 20-point plan, that closely mirrors Trump’s America First agenda regarding securing the U.S. border with Mexico, restoring energy dominance, reforming taxes (including no tax on tips), and strengthening the military. (Click Here to Download and Read the Entire Republican Party Platform)


Trump posted on Truth Social, “The 2024 GOP Platform to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN was overwhelmingly approved by the Rules Committee — Thank you to Chairwoman Marsha Blackburn and Vice Chair Michael Waltz for their tireless work to PUT AMERICA FIRST.”

“Ours is a forward-looking Agenda with strong promises that we will accomplish very quickly when we win the White House and Republican Majorities in the House and Senate. We are, quite simply, the Party of Common Sense!” he continued.

“America needs determined Republican Leadership at every level of Government to address the core threats to our very survival: Our disastrously Open Border, our weakened Economy, Inflation, crippling restrictions on American Energy Production, our depleted Military, attacks on the American System of Justice, the Weaponization of Politics, and much more,” Trump wrote.

The Associated Press reported that unlike the 2016 platform (which was 66 pages long), this year’s does not include support for a 20-week ban on abortion.

Trump has taken the position, since the Supreme Court’s 2022 Dobbs’ decision overturning Roe v. Wade, that abortion is now up to state law, and it should stay that way.

The 2024 platform says, “Republicans will protect and defend a vote of the people, from within the states, on the issue of life.”

“We proudly stand for families and Life. We believe that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that no person can be denied Life or Liberty without Due Process, and that the States are, therefore, free to pass Laws protecting those Rights,” the document reads.

“After 51 years, because of us, that power has been given to the States and to a vote of the People. We will oppose Late Term Abortion, while supporting mothers and policies that advance Prenatal Care, access to Birth Control, and IVF (fertility treatments).”

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, said in a statement regarding the platform, “It is important that the GOP reaffirmed its commitment to protect unborn life today through the 14th Amendment. Under this amendment, it is Congress that enacts and enforces its provisions. The Republican Party remains strongly pro-life at the national level.”

“The mission of the pro-life movement, for the next four months, must be to defeat the Biden-Harris extreme abortion agenda,” she added.

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Meanwhile, Tony Perkins, president of the Family Research Council who served on the GOP platform committee, was not as satisfied.

“The 2024 platform is a concise statement of campaign priorities, but not a declaration of enduring principles of a party,” he said in a statement. “Unfortunately, the choreographed process — which allowed no amendments to be discussed or voted upon — was unbecoming of a party that champions free speech and due process.”

“The right to life transcends other political debates and the interests of any and all political parties and candidates. It is truly the right without which no other right has any meaning,” he added.
 


 
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