CONCORD — The state Democratic Party Tuesday said the NHGOP endorsed “the most extreme views of “right-wing Tea Party fanatics” in making changes to its platform at last weekend’s convention.
As the New Hampshire Journal reported on Monday, the party convention adopted a so-called “personhood amendment” to its platform, and also adopted stronger language than before on rolling back same-sex marriage.
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As reported, GOP candidate for governor Walt Havenstein and candidate for the U.S. Senate Scott Brown distanced themselves from the convention moves. Brown reiterated his pro-choice stance at a forum on Monday night.
Party platforms have little practical impact but are so reflect the will of the majority of those who were elected convention delegates.
The Saturday convention was closed to the media during deliberations on the platform, but the Journal was able to obtain the key changes on Monday.
The action by the convention received coverage nationally, including the Huffington Post. It also gave Democrats a point of attack on the NHGOP and allowed them to exploit the differences between the NHGOP platform and key GOP candidates.
Today, the NHDP said that the platform “would make abortion—with no exceptions even for rape, incest, or the life of the mother — and many common forms of birth control illegal, and roll back marriage equality.”
A party spokesman, Julie McClain, said, “New Hampshire Republicans would make abortion illegal, and make illegal many common forms of birth control. The NHGOP thinks they should make the decisions for women about birth control and abortion.
“They’re endorsing the most extreme, most restrictive, most offensive views of right-wing Tea Party fanatics. It’s an outrageous attack that New Hampshire women will remember on Election Day.
“But that’s not all,” McClain said. “The Republican platform also would end marriage equality, making same-sex couples second-class citizens. It’s wrong, and a step backward that the people of New Hampshire will not tolerate.”
The new NHGOP platform says, “Support the pre-born child’s fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment, and implement all Constitutional and legal protections.”
It also says, “Recognize marriage as the legal and sacred union between one man and one woman as ordained by God, encouraged by the State, traditional to humankind, and the core of the Family.”