The abortion issue is set to make a comeback in the 2012 elections beyond the dust up of the Todd Akin “legitimate rape” comments on Sunday. Late yesterday CNN reported that a draft of the GOP platform language is calling for a Constitutional amendment to ban all abortion without explicit exemptions for rape or incest.
The draft of the platform that was crafted in Tampa by a subcommittee of the Republican Party’s official platform committee reads as follows:
“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. 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 isn’t the first time that the idea of banning all abortion even in cases of rape or incest has been floated as a policy idea. Similar platforms have appeared at GOP conventions in recent years, but back in 2000, then-candidate John McCain argued with then-Governor George W. Bush about language calling for the ban of all abortions. At the time, McCain had wanted exceptions for rape, incest, and danger to the life of the mother. But in 2008, McCain backed off from calling for that exception in deference to more socially conservative members of the party.
And more recently, Rep. Akin and Rep. Ryan, who now is on the Romney ticket, sought to limit the Hyde amendment that prohibits federal funding of abortion. They, along with other GOPers in the House, wanted to only cover victims of “forcible rape” without defining what that meant.