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Chelsi Henry, an aide to the chief financial officer of Florida, said she is living proof that conservative policies work. Born to a 16-year-old woman on welfare, she said her mother could have chosen to have an abortion but didn’t. “She chose life,” Ms. Henry said. “So for that, I am eternally grateful to her.”

Kimberly Yee, an Arizona senator, said Republicans shouldn’t retreat on the party’s pro-life stance.

“I think that is really a message that we should be proud of and we should be willing to share because it does resonate among families,” Mrs. Yee said, adding that it is also important for the party to stand up for the sanctity of traditional marriage. “It is about keeping traditional values that we hold near and dear to our heart.”

RNC members signaled their commitment to the pro-life side of the abortion debate Wednesday when they carved time out of their meetings to allow members to attend the March for Life on the Mall.

The 168-member RNC began its meeting Wednesday and will continue through Saturday.

Its new campaign calendar would allow four “carve-out” states — Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada — to hold their contests anytime they want in February, with the understanding that Iowa could hold its caucuses first.

There must be a two-week hiatus before any other state holds a presidential nomination contest. Violators will be punished by having their delegations to the national presidential nominating convention reduced to practically nothing. Currently they are reduced by half.

Under the new rules, a state that is supposed to get more than 29 delegates would be limited to 12. Malfeasant states with smaller populations would have just nine delegates.