Republican Party Platform Does Not Allow Abortion in Cases of Rape

RNC communication director Sean Spicer found himself in the uncomfortable spot on of being grilled by CNN’s Soledad O’Brien because his party’s official platform had called to make abortion illegal, even in cases of rape.

“That platform is more specific than you’re making it sound,” O’Brien observed.

“No, it’s not,” Spicer shot back.

“It is, though, really,” O’Brien replied, pointing out that Republicans had proposed HR-212, a bill which states that “human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization.”

“It’s the same language that we’ve had in there since 1984, no difference,” Spicer said. “So somehow, again, this is news to anyone is amazing. And it states a general principle that we believe in the concept of life. Then within that, there are different people within our party say, ‘Well, okay, I support that, but I believe there should be an exception for this or that.’”

“What Mitt Romney believes is that there should be an exception for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Paul Ryan has said that he believes slightly that he is more — or does not necessarily believe in all of those exceptions, but as the number two he is signing onto the number one’s ticket,” Spicer continued, spinning the fact the Ryan actually believes in no exceptions at all.

“So, to try to read into it and say this means this and — as you just did — attach a specific piece of legislation, is not what the platform says.”

(Source: CNN and

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