A Republican National Convention delegate has fought back against the ongoing "War on Women" mantra of the Left by inserting into her party's platform language highlighting the absurdity of the entire idea. The platform also includes most of FreedomWorks activists' main agenda.
Sharee Langenstein of Illinois authored the amendment to the party's platform:
"Through Obamacare, the Obama Administration has promoted the notion of abortion as healthcare. We, however, affirm the dignity of women by protecting the sanctity of human life. Numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women, and we stand firmly against it."
"I was asked by NPR afterward if I proposed it in response to the whole Akin thing. I didn't know anything about the Akin thing," Langenstein said, referring to the controversy surrounding embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin. Platform committee members had been traveling, then focused on their work and not able to keep up with the news.
"I'm just sick in general of this whole 'war on women' thing. I'm being told constantly that because I'm pro-life, I'm anti-woman." Instead, Langenstein believes invasive abortion procedures are not only morally wrong, but harmful to women, as well.
Langenstein said she expected a fight on the amendment during platform deliberations, but instead found support. Texas delegate David Barton of Wall Builders spoke in favor of the amendment.
"I thought they would try to amend it to say something about the health of the mother, or rape or incest, but it sailed right through," Langenstein said.
Delegates wanted to keep the platform to big principles, to make a stronger document.
FreedomWorks laid out some of those principles in its Freedomom Platform, a list of the twelve top platform priorities as voted on by over a million activists from across the country. Of the twelve items, ten were accepted into the platform, and the committee was in basic agreement on all:
- Repeal Obamacare; Pursue Patient-Centered Care
- Stop the Tax Hikes
- Reverse Obama’s Spending Increases
- Scrap the Code; Replace It with a Flat Tax
- Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment
- Reject Cap and Trade
- Rein in the EPA
- Unleash America’s Vast Energy Potential
- Eliminate the Department of Education
- Reduce the Bloated Federal Workforce
- Curtail Excessive Federal Regulation
- Audit the Fed
The committee balked at a completely flat tax, but did support the idea of a completely rewritten "flatter" tax code with fewer loopholes. "An amendment was proposed to retain the mortgage interest deduction," said Langenstein. "We rejected it, because we didn't want to include a bunch of details, and it would have opened the floodgates" to every other special interest deduction.
The complete platform will be given to convention delegates at the opening session on Monday, August 27.
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