( – In a dramatic U-turn move, the Republican Party has reversed its stance supporting a national abortion ban and has instead declared itself in favor of managing the issue at the state level, a position coinciding with the approach of presumed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.

On Monday, the RNC platform committee decided to change the Republican Party’s stance by moving away from a national abortion ban—an idea it previously supported, National Review reports.

In earlier platforms of 2016 and 2020, the Republican Party explicitly outlined measures to curb abortions, including backing a federal prohibition on abortion after 20 weeks and advocating for states to adopt the Human Life Amendment, aimed at defining life as starting at conception via a constitutional amendment.

The prior platform declared, “the unborn child has a fundamental right to life which cannot be infringed.”

The latest platform draft, distributed by the Trump campaign and set for final approval by the convention body next week, omits any reference to a federal abortion ban.

Instead, it adopts a stance that endorses state rights to enact legislation on abortion.

“We believe that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States guarantees that no person can be denied life or liberty without due process and that the states are, therefore, free to pass laws protecting those rights,” it says.

This platform also strongly opposes “late term abortion” and supports “access to birth control, and IVF (fertility treatments).”

Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of SBA Pro-Life America, expressed her approval of the platform’s direction on Monday.

“It is important that the GOP reaffirmed its commitment to protect unborn life today through the 14th Amendment,” she said.

“Under this amendment, it is Congress that enacts and enforces its provisions. The Republican Party remains strongly pro-life at the national level,” adding that the movement’s future goal is “to defeat the Biden-Harris extreme abortion agenda,” Dannenfelser added.

Conversely, Kristen Ullman, president of Eagle Forum, criticized the rapid adoption of the draft platform.

“This process is not how the rules of the Republican Party claim the process is supposed to work. The rules say that we are an open and transparent party and that the delegates have historically had the opportunity to read, digest, and amend the platform, and they were not given this opportunity. And it is very disappointing,” she declared.

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