GOP Prepares to Ratify Anti-Abortion Platform for Convention
Republicans will meet this week to design the official party platform that is expected to be ratified at the upcoming Republican National Convention beginning next week in Philadelphia. Although convention delegates admit there is continuing tension within the party regarding abortion rights, 43 percent of those delegates still advocate adopting a constitutional ban on abortion. Despite GOP presidential candidate George W. Bush's claim that he favors abortion rights in cases of rape and incest, he supports the Republican proposal for a constitutional amendment against abortion.
4/15/2014 Virginia Bishops Advocate More Abortion Restrictions for Poor Women - Using the Medicaid expansion debate as a platform, the Virginia Catholic Conference issued a statement Friday calling for the repeal of a Virginia law that allows state funding of abortion care for Medicaid recipients in situations where the fetus exhibits a "gross and totally incapacitating physical deformity" or a "gross and totally incapacitating mental deficiency."
Bishop Francis DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond and Bishop Paul Loverde of the Diocese of Arlington authored the statement which urges Virginia lawmakers to act to expand Medicaid to cover more of Virginia's poor. . . .