The Republican Party approved its 2012 platform Tuesday and Southern Illinoisan lawyer Sharee Langenstein played a role in crafting the party’s philosophical blueprint for November’s elections.
Langenstein represented Illinois on a health, education and crime subcommittee at the Republican National Convention, which runs through Thursday in Tampa, Fla. She said debates were lively and showed the GOP's diversity as liberal and conservative members hashed out amendment language.
“I really think it kind of harkened back to Founding Fathers and the Constitutional Convention,” she said.
An amendment on abortion and the Affordable Care Act written by Langenstein was approved for inclusion by the party’s platform committee. Strongly pro-life, Langenstein said she wanted educate women, which news outlets have failed to do.
“The media often controls the dialogue on this and I think it’s really sad that the negative side-effects of abortion aren’t explained to women,” Langenstein said.
More Americans were concerned about the content of the platform — 52 percent to 44 percent — than with nominee Mitt Romney’s speech Thursday, according to a Pew Research Center poll reported on by the Christian Science Monitor on Monday.
Langenstein’s amendment figures to draw some interest given the recent “legitimate rape” comments by Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican running for U.S. Senate.
The platform does not address abortions performed because of pregnancy from incest or rape, Langenstein said.
“We didn’t want the platform to get bogged down by numerous things,” she said.
Although the platform did not get into specifics of abortion, the GOP reaffirmed its position on the procedure in Langenstein's amendment:
"Through Obamacare, the Obama Administration has promoted the notion of abortion as healthcare. We, however, affirm the dignity of women by protecting the sanctity of human life. Numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women, and we stand firmly against it."
Langenstein hopes to get on the November ballot as a Republican candidate for Jackson County State’s Attorney. She has a 9 a.m. Sept. 5 hearing at Jackson County Courthouse on her appeal of a Jackson County Electoral Board ruling to strike her name from the ballot
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