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RNC/Life's Colleen Parro reports on the opening session of the GOP Convention

August 30, 2004
Colleen Parro
Executive Director, RNC/Life

Today, at the opening session of the 2004 Republican National Convention, the Delegates voted to accept the report of the Permanent Committee on Resolutions (Platform Committee) by acclamation.

Phyllis [Schlafly] and I have spent the past week working to ensure that the pro-life plank remains strong and unchanged and we were successful once again.

Family Research Council had a very strong presence here in New York as well, and contributed to the outcome of the plank dealing with the issue of homosexual marriage as well as the life issues.

Gary Bauer also came in to do media interviews and assist with the Platform work.

The 2004 Platform carries the unequivocal support of the Republican Party to the policy that marriage in the United States is a contract between one man and one woman.

It is clear that the powers-that-be in the Republican Party understands and recognizes that a successful outcome in November depends on the Party's firm commitment to efforts to secure legal protection for the unborn and to a constitutional amendment stating that marriage is between a man and a woman.

However, the language dealing with embryonic stem cell research is not satisfactory.

In fact, an amendment calling for a ban on research that involves the killing of human embryos was prevented from coming to a vote, and Platform Committee Chairman Senator Bill Frist made a lengthy speech about why embryonic research must, in his opinion, continue.

So, from the perspective of the fate of the human embryo and efforts to make the platform consistent with respect to the fundamental right to life, we still have a lot of work and education to do!

Here in New York and indeed, on the talking-head shows during the past few days, we have been bombarded with suggestions that former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani may be the Republican nominee in 2008. Others are suggesting NY Governor George Pataki. Both of these men are strongly pro-abortion and, as such, they cannot achieve the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, as their pro-abortion predecessors former Gov. Pete Wilson and Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter discovered in 1996.


Our party is oversold by nearly 200 people! Once again, the pro-life event will be one of the best and most popular parties of Convention week. Tavern on the Green has opened two more rooms to accommodate our nearly 600-person crowd and we will be installing a video feed in order that the overflow crowd will be able to view the program and hear the band. As as always, we are thrilled to be able to present to the world an event that showcases the popularity for the pro-life cause within the Republican Party. Many media outlets will be covering THE LIFE OF THE PARTY PARTY, so watch for it in your local newspaper!


The demonstrations here are huge. But they are controlled. The NYPD is doing a fantastic job. Police are everywhere -- State police, U.S. Capitol Police, police dogs, police cars, vans, and other types of vehicles -- they are doing everything in their power to protect us and I just hope they receive the heartfelt thanks of everyone who is here during the Convention. Please continue to pray for the safety of all of us here and for our country in general.

Editor's note: RNC/Life Executive Director Colleen Parro has offered a special invitation to Alan Keyes to drop by at the Life of the Party Party in New York, to reiterate the hearty endorsement he has received from Phyllis Schafly and RNC for Life in his U.S. Senate race in Illinois.

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