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Gerrick Wilkins: The RNC’s retreat on pro-life issues
Gerrick Wilkins: The RNC’s retreat on pro-life issues

I look forward to heading to Milwaukee in a few days where I have the honor of attending the Republican National Convention as one of Alabama’s delegates. However, I was dismayed to learn that the “Pro-Life Party” has dramatically watered down many of our conservative principles in the new Republican platform, especially when it comes to protecting life.

While I fully support President Trump and many of the core aspects of our agenda, such as border security, energy independence, an end to the use of government against its citizens, and pro-growth economic policies, I am disappointed by the Republican National Committee’s (RNC) decision to downplay the protection of life and embrace cryptocurrency.

The Republican Party has long been known as the “pro-life party.” The Republican platform to date was clear and unwavering on the issue of life. It stated unequivocally: “The unborn child has a fundamental right to life that cannot be infringed. We support a constitutional amendment to protect human life and legislation that makes clear that the protections of the 14th Amendment also apply to children before birth.” This bold language left no doubt about where the Republicans stood: They were committed to protecting the most vulnerable among us, the unborn.

The 2024 platform is a stark contrast. Instead of the firm stance of 2020, the new language is vague and lukewarm. It reads:

We proudly stand for family and life. We believe that the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees that no one shall be denied life or liberty without due process of law and that states are therefore free to pass laws protecting those rights. After 51 years, that power has been given to the states and a vote of the people, thanks to us. We will stand against late-term abortion while supporting mothers and policies that advance prenatal care, access to contraception, and IVF (fertility treatments).

While these words are commendable, they lack the clarity and conviction that once characterized the Republican Party. They are glaringly absent from a call for strong protection of all life or concrete legislative goals to protect unborn children.

This shift is deeply troubling. As a conservative evangelical, my commitment to protecting life is rooted in my faith and belief that every life is valuable and deserves protection. The decision to soften our pro-life stance is not just a political misstep; it is a moral failure. It signals a retreat from our core values ​​at a time when we should stand firm.

Some members of the RNC platform committee have justified this change by referring to the Supreme Court. Dobbs Judgment annulment Roe v. Wade. While Dobbs was a significant victory for life, it does not mean that our work is done. It underscores the need for continued vigilance and advocacy. Dobbs decision has returned the issue of abortion to the states, making it even more important for the Republican Party to maintain a strong national stance in protecting life. Every life is precious and should be protected from conception to natural death.

The contrast between the two platforms is not just one of words, but of the message Republicans are sending to their supporters and the country. The 2020 platform was a clear statement of Republican commitment to life. It was a rallying cry for those who believe that every child, born and unborn, deserves a chance at life. The 2024 platform, on the other hand, feels like a concession, a step back from our principles in favor of political expediency.

Some may argue that this shift is necessary to appeal to a broader range of voters. But we can broaden our appeal without compromising our core values. The strength of the Republican Party has always been its principles, not its willingness to bend to the whims of the moment. Our commitment to life is not just a political position; it reflects who we are as a party and a movement.

It is particularly disheartening to see the RNC downplay the protection of life while championing cryptocurrency. However, I am encouraged by the strong aspects of the 2024 platform, such as our commitment to border security, election integrity, ending left-wing gender madness, and strong pro-growth economic initiatives. These issues resonate with many Americans, and the Republican Party has demonstrated strong leadership on most parts of the platform. However, this platform should reflect our priorities, and protecting life should always come first.

As we head to Milwaukee, I urge my fellow delegates to recognize the importance of continuing to take a strong pro-life stance. We have an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to protecting the unborn and send a clear message that the Republican Party is pro-life. Let us not shirk this responsibility. Let us be bold and relentless in defending the most vulnerable.

President Trump has demonstrated strong leadership and vision for our country. His policies have delivered significant economic growth, strengthened national security, and restored American pride. But while Republicans support his candidacy, they must also adhere to party principles.

The Republican Party has always been at its best when it has stood firm on its values. Our commitment to life is a cornerstone of our identity, and we must not allow it to be diluted. As we gather in Milwaukee, let us remember the words of Proverbs 31:8-9: “Lift up your voice for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the right of all who are in need. Lift up your voice and judge justly; defend the rights of the poor and needy.”

We have a duty to protect the unborn, to stand up for life, and to ensure that the Republican platform reflects our unwavering commitment to this cause. Let us be a party that speaks for those who cannot speak for themselves. Let us be a party that stands up for life.

Let us use this opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to life and to stand boldly for the principles that define us as Republicans and as Americans.

Gerrick Wilkins is the author of The unleashing of democracya former congressional candidate, automotive consultant, and Alabama delegate to the Republican National Convention.

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