GOP looks to quash Democrats’ advantage on abortion in new party platform

Republicans are looking to nullify any advantage Democrats have on the issue of abortion ahead of the November election by changing their party’s stance to leave decisions up to states.

The Republican National Committee released its updated platform this week that features new language that stopped short of calling for any constitutional amendments or a national ban on abortion while urging the protection of life from “within the States.” The new language has been praised by some anti-abortion groups for establishing a “pro-life position” that still allows Republicans to thwart Democrats, who typically dominate messaging on the issue and at the ballot box.  

“We are a pro-life party. We’re going to be a pro-life party. We’re going to be a pro-family party,” Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), who served as the chairwoman
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