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Politico - Dems Jump on GOP for Strict Abortion Platform

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By Jennifer Haberkorn

Democrats on Tuesday said the Republican platform's abortion plank -- which doesn't include an exemption for rape, incest or the mother's life -- is further proof of the party's disrespect for women's health.

"The Republican platform displays for the entire world what Mitt Romney and his party believes," Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz said on a conference call with reporters after the Republican platform committee approved the strict anti-abortion language.

"Republicans have finally hit rock bottom," she said. Women's health, she said, "is not something that our elected officials should be litigating on the campaign trail."

Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-Pa.) said it was "no surprise that the Republican platform -- with Mitt Romney as the presidential nominee, and Paul Ryan -- are embracing policies that are going to hurt women and are dangerous to access to the health services we need."

In Tampa, Fla., Republicans voted on a draft policy that endorses legislation to apply the 14th Amendment after conception and bans public funds from going toward abortions -- the same language that was used in 2004 and 2008.

Republicans said they would leave details -- including any exceptions -- to the states.


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