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GOP chairman responds to Trump on abortion: ‘Our platform’s pretty clear’

'We believe that life begins at conception,' Reince Priebus told ABC on the weekend.
Mon Apr 25, 2016 - 4:31 pm EST
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April 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—Donald Trump is unlikely to change the Republican party’s platform on abortion to include exceptions for abortion in cases of rape, incest, and life of the mother, RNC Chairman Reince Priebus said on Sunday.

During an interview with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, Priebus said that although the party’s platform is “up to the delegates at the convention,” he suspects it will remain strongly pro-life after the convention, too. 

“I think our platform's pretty clear…We believe that life begins at conception and that 14th Amendment rights apply to unborn children.  And I would suspect that that's what the platform is going to say after Cleveland,” said Priebus. 

If Trump intends to change the party platform, Priebus said, then he should be ensuring that people who agree with him “are the people that are getting elected to the platform committee.” 

Pro-life leaders criticized Trump’s comments on his desire to weaken the Republican Party’s platform on abortion but said that he has “zero chance” of actually changing the party’s platform. 

Trump has also denounced North Carolina’s new bathroom privacy law as unnecessary. 

A top Trump aide recently said that the candidate has been “projecting an image” in order to garner support during the primary election and voters will soon “see a real different guy.” 

The full transcript of Priebus’s appearance on ABC can be viewed here.


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