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Gillespie Served As RNC Chairman While The GOP Platform Supported A Personhood Amendment To The Constitution.

Gillespie Was Named RNC Chairman In June 2003. According to CBS News, “The Republican National Committee named Washington lobbyist and GOP strategist Ed Gillespie as its national chairman Monday to replace Marc Racicot, who will head the re-election effort for President Bush, said Republican officials. Gillespie, 41, was a general strategist for Elizabeth Dole’s successful Senate campaign in 2002 and served as a senior communications adviser to the Bush-Cheney campaign in 2000 — a major step up from his first GOP job in which he worked the party’s phone banks.” [CBS News, 6/16/03]

  • 2004 Republican Platform Supported The “Human Life Amendment.” According to the 2004 Republican Platform, “That is why we say the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and we endorse legislation to make it clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. Our purpose is to have legislative and judicial protection of that right against those who perform abortions.” [2004 Republican Party Platform, Page 84]
  • 2004 Republican Platform Did Not Contain Any Abortion Exceptions In Cases Of Rape And Incest. [2004 Republican Party Platform, Page 84]

Gillespie Defended Romney’s Promise To Defund Planned Parenthood. According to Talking Points Memo, “Top Romney Adviser Defends Promise To Cut Funding For Planned Parenthood.

Top Romney adviser Ed Gillespie defended the candidate’s promise to cut federal funding of Planned Parenthood if elected president on Fox News Sunday. ‘It’s not fair to say that not having federal funding for Planned Parenthood is defunding Planned Parenthood,’ Gillespie said. Gillespie was responding to host Chris Wallace’s reminder that Planned Parenthood performs crucial health services for women like cancer screenings as well as abortions. As we saw with the controversy from the Susan G. Komen foundation, Planned Parenthood gets the “lion’s share” of their funding from ‘private sector contributions’ and ‘that’s not going to discontinue,’ Gillespie argued. Gillespie reiterated that the reason Romney wants to cut government funding to the organization is over abortion.” [Talking Points Memo, 4/15/12]