Frank Bernheisel: The View From Here
Frank Bernheisel
Frank Bernheisel
Posted 11.24.12
Just Outside Washington


GOP Platform 2012

The pundits, even those on Fox News, are saying the Republicans must recognize reality and change. Maybe. The pundits say the Rs need to do better with women. Romney received only 44 percent of the women's vote and there are more women voters than men. The reason may have something to do with the Rs policies about women. The excerpt below is from Page 14 of the Republican Platform 2012 [comments by me in italics]. I find it interesting that the Rs are all for personal freedom except when it comes to women's freedom. The Rs say that this is different because it is a moral issue about which they have strong beliefs. That is the same reasoning used by the Spanish Inquisition.

The Sanctity and Dignity of Human Life

Faithful to the "self-evident" truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children.

    This clearly sets up a legal conflict. After the amendment we would have two Persons who are dependent on one body, the mothers. Whose rights take precedence? What actions on the part of the mother can be interpreted as infringing on the rights of the fetus Person? These could include drinking, smoking, falling due to negligence, etc., etc. Imagine the labyrinth of law and regulations if the amendment is passed.
We oppose using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or fund organizations that perform or advocate it and will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.
    Abortion is a legal medical procedure -- why are public health funds restricted in this case? Is this an instance of bringing religion in to public policy? Also, these organizations provide other health services for women.
We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. We oppose the nonconsensual withholding or withdrawal of care or treatment, including food and water, from people with disabilities, including newborns, as well as the elderly and infirm, just as we oppose active and passive euthanasia and assisted suicide.
    While Republicans are for individual freedom, they do not believe that you, your family and your doctor can make these critical end-of-life decisions. Therefore, they are for government interference in these personal and medical matters.
Republican leadership has led the effort to prohibit the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion and permitted States to extend health care coverage to children before birth. We urge Congress to strengthen the Born Alive Infant Protection Act by enacting appropriate civil and criminal penalties on healthcare providers who fail to provide treatment and care to an infant who survives an abortion, including early induction delivery where the death of the infant is intended. We call for legislation to ban sex-selective abortions -- gender discrimination in its most lethal form -- and to protect from abortion unborn children who are capable of feeling pain; and we applaud U.S. House Republicans for leading the effort to protect the lives of pain-capable unborn children in the District of Columbia. We call for a ban on the use of body parts from aborted fetuses for research. We support and applaud adult stem cell research to develop lifesaving therapies, and we oppose the killing of embryos for their stem cells. We oppose federal funding of embryonic stem cell research. We also salute the many States that have passed laws for informed consent, mandatory waiting periods prior to an abortion, and health-protective clinic regulation.
    Translated this says: Making legal abortions unnecessarily difficult through complex and burdensome regulations imposed at the state level is great.
We seek to protect young girls from exploitation through a parental consent requirement; and we affirm our moral obligation to assist, rather than penalize, women challenged by an unplanned pregnancy.
    And what public policy is being advocated to help the women so challenged?
We salute those who provide them with counseling and adoption alternatives and empower them to choose life...
    Ah, yes. We salute those who mislead and intimidate women seeking assistance. The legislation, which provides several federal subsidies for adoption, has had bipartisan support and the latest bill was signed by President Obama.