(CNSNews.com) GOP Platform Mentions Abstinence, Unplanned Pregnancies

By Susan Jones | September 2, 2008 | 8:48 AM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - Lost amid the news about Bristol Palin’s out-of-wedlock pregnancy, Republicans unanimously passed their 2008 party platform on Monday.
It “features the most aggressive and innovative energy policy in Republican Party history,” Republican officials said. It also specifically mentions “women struggling with the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy.”
The platform committee chairmen, U.S. Reps. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Richard Burr (N.C.), describe the Republican Party as “the party of ideas” that embraces vigorous debate: “Indeed, we are a party -- as we are a nation -- of mavericks.”
In a section called “Preserving Our Values,” the platform reads:
We all have a moral obligation to assist, not to penalize, women struggling with the challenges of an unplanned pregnancy. At its core, abortion is a fundamental assault on the sanctity of innocent human life. Women deserve better than abortion. Every effort should be made to work with women considering abortion to enable and empower them to choose life. We salute those who provide them alternatives, including pregnancy care centers, and we take pride in the tremendous increase in adoptions that has followed Republican legislative initiatives.
Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s running mate, announced on Monday that her 17-year-old daughter had decided to give birth to her baby and marry the baby’s father.

The platform also embraces abstinence education as a replacement for sex-ed programs:
We renew our call for replacing “family planning” programs for teens with increased funding for abstinence education, which teaches abstinence until marriage as the responsible and expected standard of behavior. Abstinence from sexual activity is the only protection that is 100 percent effective against out-of-wedlock pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV/AIDS when transmitted sexually.
We oppose school-based clinics that provide referrals, counseling, and related services for abortion and contraception. Schools should not ask children to answer offensive or intrusive personal nonacademic questionnaires without parental consent. It is not the role of the teacher or school administration to recommend or require the use of psychotropic medications that must be prescribed by a physician.
‘Forward-looking vision’
"We are proud to have passed a platform today that all Republicans will enthusiastically support," said RNC Chairman Robert M. "Mike" Duncan. "This is a document that demonstrates a forward-looking, positive vision for America and is deeply rooted in the long-standing principles that make our Party great."
"This is a platform of enduring principle, not passing convenience,” McCarthy and Burr said in the preamble. 
“We offer it to our fellow Americans in the assurance that our Republican ideals are those that unify our country: Courage in the face of foreign foes. An optimistic patriotism, driven by a passion for freedom. Devotion to the inherent dignity and rights of every person. Faith in the virtues of self-reliance, civic commitment, and concern for one another. Distrust of government’s interference in people’s lives. Dedication to a rule of law that both protects and preserves liberty."