In the platform approved Tuesday night and to be voted on next week by all the convention delegates, the GOP states that unborn children have “a fundamental individual right to life that cannot be infringed.” The platform also supports a constitutional amendment granting citizenship protections to the unborn. The stances are unchanged from previous platforms.
“They’re being consistent, it’s just that with the whole Akin thing dropped in their laps, it’s like they are sitting in a family picnic and a skunk falls out of a tree on your lap,” said Kerwin Swint, a political science professor at Kennesaw State University. “They don’t want to spend a lot of time talking about Akin or, necessarily, abortion.”
While Democrats dubbed the abortion language the “Akin plank,” Olens said that, to him, the interesting outcome of the platform discussions was in the section concerning the economy. Since the last platform drafting in 2008 the GOP has changed dramatically with the rise of the tea party, and Olens said this was reflected in provisions concerning the national debt and a push to audit the Federal Reserve. Olens and state party Chairwoman Sue Everhart represented Georgia on the platform drafting committee.
Olens and Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi will address the convention Wednesday night, amid a series of party heavyweights during the lead-up to vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan’s speech.
Olens said their speech is “still in draft form” and will broadly address the work of attorneys general. Olens and Bondi were among the plaintiffs in the lawsuit against the 2010 health care law, which was partially upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.