Massachusetts Republicans are scheduled to vote Thursday on whether to replace their issues platform with the version embraced at the Republican National Convention, a blueprint that includes antiabortion language so conservative that US Senator Scott Brown spoke out against its adoption last month.
State party members voted in June, with just one dissenter, to place the issue on the Sept. 13 meeting agenda. Only one of the 76 members present voted against the discussion, according to meeting minutes obtained by the Globe. At the time, the national party platform had not yet been adopted.
The Republicans’ national platform has proved controversial in large part due to its antiabortion plank affirming an
unborn child’s right to life, without exception for cases of rape or to save the life of the pregnant mother. Democrats seized on the language, especially on the heels of comments by US Representative Todd Akin of Missouri, who said women who are raped rarely get pregnant.
Brown quickly denounced Akin’s comment and called for him to quit the race for US Senate. Nonetheless, Warren’s campaign jumped on the controversy with a radio ad aimed at women.
Massachusetts has historically been more moderate than the national party. The state’s current platform, adopted two years ago, does not address abortion at all and makes no mention of gay marriage, which the national platform denounces. The Massachusetts GOP platform also includes language supporting smaller government and individual liberty, lower taxes and, after years of corruption scandals on Beacon Hill, accountability and transparency.
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