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Republican National Committee Adopts New Platform on Abortion, Aligning with Trump’s State-Centric Stance, AP Sources Reveal

July 8, 2024

 

 

 

The Republican National Committee (RNC) has formally adopted a policy document that reflects former President Donald Trump’s position on abortion, opposing a federal ban and ceding the power to impose limits to individual states. This marks a significant shift, as it omits a national ban on abortion for the first time in 40 years.

According to two individuals familiar with the committee’s deliberations, the newly adopted language emphasizes states’ rights in regulating abortion. The document states, “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.”

This development underscores a broader trend within the Republican Party, as it increasingly embraces a decentralized approach to abortion legislation. By aligning with Trump’s stance, the RNC signals a commitment to allowing states to determine their own abortion laws rather than imposing a uniform federal mandate.

The sources, who requested anonymity to discuss internal party deliberations, highlighted that this shift is reflective of the party’s strategic realignment ahead of the 2024 elections. The decision comes amidst ongoing debates and legal battles over abortion rights across the country, following the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade in 2022, which had previously guaranteed federal protection for abortion access.

This policy move by the RNC may play a pivotal role in shaping the party’s platform and appeal to voters in the upcoming election cycle. It is likely to spark further discussions and controversies as states navigate their legislative approaches to this highly contentious issue.

 

Credit: AP

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