Contact: Phyllis Schlafly - 314/721-1213
Colleen Parro - 214/559-4460
August 15, 2008
Republican fundraiser Ann Stone has resurfaced to tell the press that she is "hopeful that some tweaks will be made to platform language that deals with the hot-button issue" of abortion. "If we're successful, there will be language in that plank or elsewhere that McCain wants to take a different track in dealing with abortion."
Ms. Stone is inviting Senator John McCain down a dead end "track" to defeat, and it's unlikely that he will accept her advice since he has a consistent pro-life record. The Republican Platform has been pro-life ever since Roe v. Wade, and Republicans are too smart to subject themselves to "flip-flop" criticism.
Phyllis Schlafly, national chairman of Republican National Coalition for Life, pointed out that "in a close election, pro-life voters make the difference. If John McCain is to win in November, he must keep faith with the pro-life and pro-family base of the Party."
Republican National Coalition for Life successfully led the battle to defend the pro-life plank in the Republican Platform in the Conventions of 1992, 1996, 2000, 2004, and expects to do it again this year despite Ms. Stone's press releases. Senator McCain has indicated he is not seeking any change in the pro-life language.
Since 1984, the Republican Platform has read in part: "The unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." Pro-life Republicans want to keep that language despite media agitation against it.