Every four years, a party comes together to craft a statement of values. Their platform is a declaration for voters to see what a party stands for and how they'd like their nominee to govern.
And this year, the Republican Party's declaration is loud and clear: No choice for women. No exceptions.
The GOP voted today to include in their platform a "human life amendment" that bans abortion nationwide—without any exceptions for rape or incest. As our chair, Debbie Wasserman Schultz said, "Republicans had the opportunity to strip this language out today but instead voted to affirm it. In a year that has shown us no shortage of Republican candidates trying to prove themselves more extreme than the other on issues affecting women's health, Republicans have finally hit rock bottom."
Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, echoes that sentiment. She says that Romney, Ryan, and the Republicans have proved "at every turn and in every conceivable way" that they'd be a disaster for American women.
"We want choices—choices that put us in control of our careers, our families, our bodies, and our health. These rights and freedoms will only be protected if one candidate is voted into office, and it isn’t Mitt Romney. Because when it comes to the issues women face, you either get it or you don’t. The fact that the human life amendment is even considered to be a part of the GOP’s platform clearly demonstrates that the Republican Party is out of the mainstream—somewhere American women don’t want to be."
Unfortunately for women, this is nothing new for the Republican Party. Remember: Romney has said he would be "delighted" to sign a bill banning "all abortions," and Ryan was among more than 200 GOP co-sponsors of a bill that would have narrowed the definition of rape. Today's platform news just formalizes what women across the country are realizing: The Republican Party's policies on women and their health are dangerously wrong.
For women, the choice in this election could not be clearer.