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GOP Stifles Discussion on Abortion

In an attempt to prevent disagreement within the Republican Party, the Bush campaign has decided to eliminate abortion from the agenda for party platform hearings. Abortion will not be discussed at the two policy forums held in advance of writing the platform, and the Bush campaign has told the GOP platform committee that abortion will only be discussed in private meetings without any media. The current GOP stance on abortion calls for a constitutional amendment banning all abortions, with no exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother. Bush has stated that he does not intend to change any part of the current abortion plank. This decision to limit discussion on the issue reflects fear within the GOP that their position on abortion is out of touch with the majority of Americans and many Republicans.

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The Boston Globe - 16 June, 2000

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