But it also asserts that government action “must not implicitly encourage anyone to borrow more than they can afford to repay. We support energetic federal investigation and, where appropriate, prosecution of criminal wrongdoing in the mortgage industry and investment sector.”
The draft repeats the current platform’s support for a constitutional ban on abortion and notes progress made by the Supreme Court’s upholding federal law against partial birth abortions and the Born-Alive Infants Protection Act, which guarantees that every infant born alive enjoys full legal rights under federal law, regardless of his or her stage of development or whether the live birth occurred during an abortion.
The draft also asserts “a moral obligation to assist, not to penalize, women struggling with the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy.”
“We salute those who provide them alternatives, including crisis pregnancy centers, and we take pride in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives,” the proposed platform states.
Interest groups will try to amend the draft to suit their constituents’ needs and desires. A final committee vote will come on Wednesday.
Chief political writer Ralph Z. Hallow served on the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Washington Times editorial boards, was Ford Foundation Fellow in Urban Journalism at Northwestern University, resident at Columbia University Editorial-Page Editors Seminar and has filed from Berlin, Bonn, London, Paris, Geneva, Vienna, Amman, Beirut, Cairo, Damascus, Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Belgrade, Bucharest, Panama and Guatemala.
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