Republican National Convention Approves Strongly Pro-life, Conservative Platform

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The Republican National Convention approved a strongly conservative platform — including what was described as its most pro-life stance ever — on an opening day marked by charges of plagiarism and a failed effort by delegates opposed to Donald Trump.

Voting Monday (July 17) in Cleveland, GOP delegates endorsed a platform that supports biblical/traditional marriage and the right to life of unborn children while opposing the Obama administration’s new transgender directive to public schools.

In incidents that demonstrated the continuing controversy of Trump’s campaign:

— Melania Trump, wife of the presumptive nominee, delivered a speech Monday night that contained passages with close similarities to Michelle Obama’s speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The resulting accusations of plagiarism dominated the news from the convention’s first day.

— Anti-Trump delegates and others from several states attempted to gain a roll call on adoption of the convention rules, but the presiding officer ruled a voice vote favored passage of the rules and refused to acknowledge protesting delegates.

Trump’s candidacy has divided not only Republicans but Southern Baptists and other evangelicals. Some Southern Baptists and other evangelicals have supported Trump in the primaries or plan to vote for him in the general election as an alternative to presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton; others have declared their opposition will continue through the general election.

Using the hashtag #NeverTrump on Twitter, objectors to the billionaire businessman’s candidacy have made no-vote promises based on his inconsistent and even harsh policy positions on such issues as abortion, religious liberty and immigration; insult-laden rhetoric; and a lifestyle marked by adultery.

The GOP platform approved Monday, however, appeared to be as conservative on social issues as ever, particularly on their primary concern, some pro-life leaders said.

“The Republican platform has always been strong when it comes to protecting unborn children, their mothers, and the conscience rights of pro-life Americans. The platform ratified today takes that stand from good to great,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the Susan B. Anthony List, in written comments.

The March for Life described it as “the most detailed pro-life platform ever.”

“The delegates deserve a lot of credit for creating this document which, in great detail, explains what the pro-life movement is for and just how radical the pro-abortion position is,” said Tom McClusky, March for Life’s vice president for government affairs.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press
Tom Strode