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GOP ‘Akin Plank’ Seeks ‘Human Life Amendment’ to Ban All US Abortions

A Republican committee drafted a party platform on Tuesday that proposes a constitutional amendment banning abortion under any circumstances. If adopted, such a measure would make the US the country with the world’s most restrictive abortion ban; even Saudi Arabia, an Islamic fundamentalist  dictatorship where women aren’t allowed to vote or even drive cars, allows abortions when the mother’s life is at risk.

The Republican National Committee (RNC) platform panel voted to propose a constitutional amendment, the so-called Human Life Amendment, that would outlaw all abortions in the United States. There is no exception for saving a mother’s life or for women and girls who become pregnant as a result of rape or incest.

The proposed platform affirms that Republicans “assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the RNC Committee on Resolutions, said the platform “reflects the views of the grassroots leaders of the Republican Party.”

But the drastic proposal does not reflect the views of presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who believes abortion should be legal in cases of rape, incest or when the mother’s life is in danger.

Politico reports that the RNC also passed a measure opposing Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of birth control drugs such as RU486, the so-called ‘abortion pill,’ a move the committee hopes will lead to the prohibition of “any drug that terminates life after conception.”

At least one RNC platform representative did not agree with the measure.

“In light of the recent comments by Congressman Todd Akin, and in an attempt to reaffirm to the American people the party’s sensitivity on the subject of rape, I believe we should not support an amendment which opposes approval of a method that has been proven effective in preventing the pregnancy of rape victims,” Alabama’s Jacqueline Curtis opined.

Curtis was referring to Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), a Tea Party-backed Senate candidate who raised eyebrows and ire by saying women don’t get pregnant as a result of “legitimate rape.” Despite widespread rebuke from GOP leaders and calls for Akin to drop out of his Senate race, the congressman dug in– he’s issued an apology, but also insisted he is staying in the race.

Sen. Scott Brown, a Massachusetts Republican, also opposes the language in the platform proposal. Brown, who is defending his Senate seat against progressive upstart Elizabeth Brown, called the no-exceptions abortion ban a “mistake” in a letter to RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. The proposal “fails to recognize the views of pro-choice Republicans like myself,” Brown wrote.

The Democratic National Committee was swift to condemn the proposed RNC platform as the “Akin Plank” and tried to link the proposed abortion ban to Mitt Romney. RNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, ignoring Romney’s approval of abortion under certain limited circumstances, said the language in the committee platform “was written at the direction of the Romney campaign.”

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