The GOP platform tries to thread a difficult needle on abortion

The GOP platform tries to thread a difficult needle on abortion


After much speculation about what influence former President Donald Trump would wield over the Republican Party platform’s abortion provisions, the final result looked fairly similar to the platforms of years past but with much more toned-down language.

This is what the party platform said in part in 2016:

“The Constitution’s guarantee that no one can ‘be deprived of life, liberty or property’ deliberately echoes the Declaration of Independence’s proclamation that ‘all’ are ‘endowed by their Creator’ with the inalienable right to life. Accordingly, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections

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