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March for Life: Trump Could Set Back Anti-Abortion Movement and Imperil Election Chances

Alldotorg_march_for_lifeMarch for Life, the anti-abortion advocacy group, believes that altering the Republican platform on the issue, as party frontrunner Donald Trump has suggested, would set their cause back by years.

In an interview with The Today Show Thursday morning, Trump said that he would “absolutely” want to change the Republican platform on abortion in the case of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. (He hedged on whether or not he would make an exception for the “health” of the mother.)

The GOP platform “support[s] a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children,” and is broadly opposed to abortion in all its forms, making absolutely no allowances for incest, rape, or the life or health of the mother.

“The Republican Platform has always been solidly pro-life even when Republican candidates have not been,” said Vice President of March for Life Tom McClusky. “The Platform sets the standard that all candidates need to work from,” he said, and noted that suggesting the party weaken its position on the abortion issue “would set back years of hard work” for the movement.

McClusky warned that to ignore the anti-abortion flank of the party, “as Bob Dole or Mitt Romney or John McCain did when they were Presidential candidates leaves the nominee to suffer the same fate as all three.”

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