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We Applaud the Republican Platform: No 'Abortion Rights', Only a Right to Life Comments

The language of the Republican Platform is refreshingly clear: "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." Continue Reading

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  1. vance
    2 years ago

    I'm having a love fest watching the GOP Convention. I am watching a parade of GOP Governors who came from humble beginnings. They made a success of their lives by themselves and realized the American dream. These people were elected to states with deep debt and high unemployment. They have all turned that around and created balanced budgets that have produced surpluses. Their unemployment has dropped below the national average. They didn't raise taxes. You can juxtapose this against Democrat control states with deep deficits, high unemployment, high crime, derelict neighborhoods, and high taxes. These GOP folks including Mitt Romney tell us where they came from and their family backgrounds. Obama left that out and the Marxist Media doesn't want us to know. Barry Soetoro came from parents who were Communist Party activists. His entire life and upbringing was steeped in Marxism. He won't allow us to see his college transcripts. Bush did. I'd like to know who took his exams for him. Why do I think this? Because he said himself that he was a big Stoner in high school and college. We Catholics need to unite and vote our faith and the Right to Exercise our Faith.

  2. KarlVDH
    2 years ago

    ...are we now just shills for the Republican party? Come on... we applaud the platform... but then we're going to do anything we can to put it (and our hopes for the country's future) in the hands of a pro-choice (no matter what he claims this week,) tax-raising, big-government socialist who's really NO different from Obama (and folks, that's who Romney really is- we're all deluding ourselves.) just because his party is the brand name we like best? Good Lord, no wonder nothing gets done in Washington that's worthwhile... we obviously don't expect anything better for ourselves.
    This election and this candidate are a complete joke, and if you're disappointed in November, when Obama will surely win again, and we're looking for someone to blame... look no further than the mirror for the reason why... we failed, utterly, to demand something better for our country.
    Mitt Romney. Wow. This was the best we could do... a nother Obama, without the charisma. We ought to be ashamed of our candidate. And now someone will, undoubtedly, say I'm either an Obama supporter or a socialist again for having the guts to sit here and say so. Weak.

  3. Aquinas Jr
    2 years ago

    Every four years the Republicans suddenly start caring about "life" all over again -- and catch a new dose of "religion," too. But are they truly pro-life? They have been complaining about abortion-on-demand for decades, and always lamenting that if they could just appoint an anti-abortion Chief Justice they could finally rid the nation of abortion. Well, they had their perfect opportunity under President George W. Bush. And what did they do? They appointed John Roberts to Chief Justice. And that ONLY after the Democrats thoroughly grilled him, on national television, and obtained from him numerous statements to the effect that he had no agenda to overturn Roe v. Wade, the court decision granting the right to abortion.

    So, does any sane Republican voter now believe that Romney/Ryan will do any better? In my opinion, as Karl Rove himself has indicated even before being appointed Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff during the George W. Bush administration, the Republicans divide the electorate over "wedge issues" like abortion to give them about 50% of the vote right out of the gate, and then work here and there for another 5% to win the election. "Pro-Life," my dear friends, is no more than an election stratagem for power-hungry professional politicians to win back the White House.

  4. Rob
    2 years ago

    Pro-life versus anti-abortion, that is an interesting concept. I think it's all the inconsistencies we have in a true pro-life platform that politics has exploited to ensure the status quo remains. And in many ways it's created scandal to the point that it's given those on the fence reason to question our motives. Our lukewarmness to being truly pro-life has rendered the effort mildly effective. So long as you leave the door open to death, it will always gain a foot hold and once in, can't be controlled. That is why abortion sticks around no matter who is in office, wars take way longer and come at a higher price than anyone could have imagined and the list goes on with all the things we do assuming a good will come of it, but in the end it's just more violence and death.

    Personally, I have stopped looking for politicians to do anything for us. And as they are already falling all over themselves to justify abortion in limited circumstances, that alone tells you this isn't going anywhere. In fact all I hear from the pundits is abortion is the last thing they want to be talking about. And anyone who thinks they aren't telling the truth is dreaming. But suffice to say the dems support it and the GOP is trying to find some happy medium because at the end of the day they want the votes. I want to be wrong, but it will be interesting to check back in four years after a Romney administration and see where we are at.

    Rich, your point about encounter is spot on. When someone encounters Jesus, their whole life changes. Jesus did not come to condemn the world but to save it. As his ambassadors, are we condemning or actually trying to save souls? Are Catholics willing to love as Jesus loved, one person at a time until no one would ever want an abortion? Or does politics give us cover so we don't have to love...we don't really have to put ourselves out there. So long as I vote for the right guy, then I've done my part right?

  5. RichStine
    2 years ago

    @ Bill Sr.:
    To suggest that a simple yes/no is adequate is on par with having one's fingernails pulled out, and saying, 'this won't hurt a bit.' preposterous.
    If you think that by outlawing abortion is the magic necessary to suddenly transform mankind into being spouse protectors, fam. providers,you are dreaming. One thing has nothing to do with the other. Abortion aside, Men will behave as they always have, unless they personally have an encounter with God and only by God, change errant ways. The same thing is applicable to women. Humanity is complex, given to sin. We are born in sin. We need a Savior. Whether or not someone else has an abortion will not make me a man or emasculate me. My own behavior is the relevant factor, not someone else's.
    Should women have enough self pride/dignity/understanding about their bodies? The design? You, of course, would know about what women think about their bodies, and you are authoritative regarding is to be sanctuary for human society? You are correct about the wellspring of life...or at least, that women are conduits of that wellspring. Ultimately, life begins with God now, doesn't it? We are merely his instruments. If he so chooses, he could produce a human being from anything else He wished. He's God. Just so happens, he chose females to have that honor. That man would disrespect rather than honor those whom God has, is not contingent on whether or not someone has or doesn't, an abortion.

    You have not addressed ANY of my questions that I wrote first, below. Do you not understand that my intent of the first comment was to stir up accountability? What is your personal culpability as a member of a group who declares themselves Pro-Life, when what you mean is Anti-Abortion? The two can have an ultimately singular agenda. I never once said that children, born or unborn, are or should be disposable. Do not be so presumptuous.
    You mistype, friend.

  6. KarlVDH
    2 years ago

    We are fools if we allow ourself to believe Mitt Romney is a pro-life candidate. In truth, he's no more pro-life than Barrack Obama. This is pure political theater, and in this election, it's "theater of the absurd."

  7. Gerard Plourde
    2 years ago

    Mitt Romney on CBS News -

    "My position has been clear throughout this campaign. I'm in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest and the health and life of the mother. But recognize, this is the decision that will be made by the Supreme Court. The Democrats try and make this a political issue every four years, but this is a matter in the courts. It's been settled for some time in the courts."

    Mitt Romney on Fox News -

    "And then with regards to contraceptives, of course, Republicans, and myself in particular, recognize that people should have a right to use contraceptives. There's absolutely no validity whatsoever to the Obama effort to try and bring that up."

    This nominee does not share the Church's view on the issue of birth control.

    The Republican Party pretends it's pro-life and that its standards correlate with those of the Church. In the forty years since Roe v. Wade they have never seriously acted to change the status quo. They have only restricted access to those without the means to pay for abortion. Thus, those who could afford to pay were not inconvenienced. They have consistently sought to deny workers the right to organize, a right the Church has recognized since Pope Leo XIII wrote Rerum Novarum, Pius XI wrote Quadragesimo Anno and John Paul II wrote Laborem Exercens The shell game has only been employed to obfuscate the true issue, to mask their allegiance to the anti-Christian values of Ayn Rand's Objectivism and unbridles Materialism, and most perniciously, to mislead those whose love of human life leads them to passionately oppose abortion.

    For Catholics who truly believe this issue is paramount, neither major party candidate running shares these values.

  8. Fredi D'Alessio
    2 years ago

    Thanks for posting my previous comment. I'd like to add that it's too bad that Romney doesn't care about the party's platform. He said on EWTN that he doesn't know what's in it and we know that he supports "abortion exceptions". My vote for him is merely a necessary vote against Obama.

    God bless Todd Akin, an honest man.

  9. Bill Sr.
    2 years ago

    Here are the real questions needing a simple yes or no answer ad the correct response.

    Do we ever want to get to the point where all men may consider behaving as human gentle men, spouse protectors, family providers and not a domesticated form of reproductive animal?
    Do we ever want to see an end to women being treated by men as if society had given them a license to use women simply as a depository for their male sexual passions?
    Do we ever want all women to someday have enough self pride and dignity to understand and admit their bodies were designed to be the very sanctuaries of human society and their wombs are and always have been the wellsprings of mankind?
    Do we ever want both men and women to understand that within this concept and the knowledge they are pro-creators that children are more than simply a product of physical activity between lovers?
    Do we ever someday want all children to grow up to realize and understand they were begotten out of more than blind passion?
    When ever we have answered yes to these questions we will have begun to know and appreciate the true meaning of human love and life and when it begins.

  10. Fredi D'Alessio
    2 years ago

    I am very disappointed to see yet another unwarranted attack on Todd Akin. I didn't expect to find one on this site. God bless Mike Huckabee and others for taking the correct position on this issue.

    1-Mike Huckabee Backs Akin -

    2-Pro-lifer Stockholm Syndrome: Rape, Todd Akin and appeasing abortionists -

    3-Todd Akin, imperfect hero -

    4-Assault on Akin is pro-abortion red-herring: A.L.L. -

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