MARRIOTT-SLATERVILLE — Bob McEntee’s proposals to change the Utah Republican Party’s platform on abortion and family values may have fallen through the cracks at Saturday’s GOP convention.
But Marriott-Slaterville’s GOP state delegate hasn’t let them down. He says he will continue them at a future convention.
“The agenda design is what attracted us,” he said this week. That is to say, his proposals were at the end of Saturday’s convention – after delegates weighed on the hopes of the US Senate and US House of the GOP and after many attendees left – meant that there were not enough delegates, a quorum, still there to vote on them.
One of his proposed amendments had called for eliminating language from the platform referring to exceptions to opting out of abortion in cases of incest and rape or where the life of the mother is in danger and to add adoption-oriented language. His goal, he said, was to strengthen adoption as an alternative to abortion as part of the party platform.
According to her proposal, a key phrase from the platform saying, “We strongly oppose abortion except to preserve the life of the mother or in cases of rape or incest,” would have been changed to read: “We strongly oppose abortion and encourage adoption.”
Some apparently questioned whether McEntee’s proposed change meant the party would not endorse any circumstance where abortion might be acceptable. He said that was not the case.
That rape, incest, and cases where the mother’s life is in danger were considered exceptions, in her mind, that was implied. “We took it for granted, but some people didn’t take it that way,” McEntee said. He wanted to “keep silent” in the platform on the issue of exceptions and leave it up to individual party members “and their faith” to make the call.
A second proposal McEntee presented in the family values section of the GOP platform called for the addition of language affirming the rights of parents regarding the care and nurturing of their children.
That provision, McEntee said, stemmed in part from apparent cases in California of minors having abortions or being prescribed abortion pills without their parents’ consent or knowledge. He also cited apparent cases, also in California, of minors receiving the COVID-19 vaccine without their parents’ knowledge.
Parents “must receive full disclosure and give written permission before any health services, outside referrals, sexual, racial or gender education content or materials are distributed to their children,” the statement reads in part. amendment proposed by McEntee. He continues, “No one should be coerced, coerced or coaxed into undergoing any health care service, including vaccinations or experimental medical procedures.”
McEntee said he hasn’t heard any opposition to the stronger adoption-encouraging language set forth in some other states’ GOP platforms. Still, he suspects some delegates were hesitant to address the issue because it concerns the controversial subject of abortion, not wanting a “dividing” public debate.
He also didn’t hear much opposition to his proposal on family values, contenting himself to “nitpick” on details of the language.
Even so, he wonders whether his proposals were deliberately placed towards the end of Saturday’s meeting agenda – after the main action points, when some delegates usually start to leave – to avoid a debate on their own. topic. “That certainly seems to be the case from my point of view,” he said.
Due to a lack of a quorum of delegates when the agenda proceeded on McEntee’s proposals, the measures were not discussed last Saturday.
The 2022 convention is the third consecutive such gathering, including meetings in 2020 and 2018, which did not include proposed changes to GOP policy positions, he said. McEntee aims to present his proposals again, although he’s not sure exactly when.