The Right to Life

The South Carolina Republican Party affirms the Jeffersonian declaration that life is the first inalienable right. We grieve the loss of over 35 million innocent lives lost to abortion since Roe v. Wade in 1973. We acknowledge that all human life, born and unborn, has intrinsic worth. We believe that the unborn and the new born child have a fundamental right to life which must not be infringed. Accordingly, we believe that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protection should apply to unborn children. We support the reversal of Roe v. Wade through judicial action or through passage of a Constitutional Human Life Amendment. The Party is totally opposed to chemical, surgical, or any method of abortion on demand and the use of public revenues to pay for abortions or to fund organizations which advocate abortion. We find the procedure known as Partial Birth Abortion to be a particularly gruesome and we support the banning of this atrocity. We extend compassion to women who have experienced abortion and support pregnancy care centers across South Carolina as they help women in need. We anticipate the day when our unborn children will be classified as legal persons rather than as legal property.

With regards to the emerging bioethical issues of Fetal Tissue Research and Human Stem Cell Research and Human Cloning, the South Carolina Republican Party holds firmly to its Pro- Life Position in the pursuit of medical advances. We oppose the National Institutes of Health Revitalization Act of 1993 lifting the federal ban on the performance of fetal tissue transplant experiments using the victims of induced abortion. Since then, shocking evidence confirms that abortion clinics, medical schools, university research laboratories, and pharmaceutical companies are trafficking in the organs and bodies of aborted babies. We find such practices indefensible and unconscionable.

In 1992, then President George Bush proposed a private, non- profit fetal tissue bank established solely with tissue from spontaneous miscarriages and ectopic pregnancies. We applaud and support such efforts as both Pro- Life and Pro- Science. We urge both the United States Congress and the South Carolina General Assembly to pass legislation banning research on fetal tissue obtained from induced abortions. Since 1995 Congress has explicitly prohibited the use of federal funds for “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed, discarded, or knowingly subjected to risk of injury or death.”

We oppose federally funded researchers conducting experiments on embryonic stem cells obtained from babies killed in privately-funded research facilities. We find such efforts to be illegal, unethical, and unnecessary. We applaud the successful efforts to obtain human stem cells from such non- lethal sources as umbilical cord blood or adult neural and bone marrow stem cells.

Such promising research is both Pro-Life and Pro-Science. We urge the United States Congress and the South Carolina General Assembly to pass a complete ban on human embryonic stem cell research. With regards to human cloning, the South Carolina Republican Party affirms the position that life is a creation not a commodity. We oppose public or private efforts to “create” a human being via cloning, as well as the appropriation of federal funds for any such research.

We oppose the use of taxpayer money to fund abortions at home and abroad. We affirm the rights of conscientious objectors, including doctors and other health professionals, who object to performing abortions as a condition of their involvement with non-profit organizations or employment.

The South Carolina Republican Party calls upon the National Party to ever hold fast the truth that an innocent human being has a right to life. We also beseech the conscience of America to stand up against the injustice of this Politically Correct Death. We applaud and support adoption as a loving and viable alternative to abortion.

Likewise, the Party is concerned about the plight of the infirm and disabled – many of whom are elderly – who are often neglected, euthanized, and pressured into assisted suicide.

The Party believes that the right to life, as stated in the Declaration of Independence and affirmed in the Constitution, is inalienable and foundational. Without the right to life there can be no other right. Therefore, the Party supports vigorous legal protection of the vulnerable at all stages of life.