There has been a lot of talk that the Republican Liberty Caucus (RLC) has the same platform on abortion as the Republican Party. That is not true. Here is the statement of the RLC on the issue of abortion: Abortion is a critical life and death choice for every pregnant woman. Whether government should intervene to influence that choice is dependent on the legal status of the fetus. We acknowledge that there can be honest and ethical differences of opinion on that status, the rights of the woman, and the proper role of government. We favor civil discussion of this question, but take no position on the merits of conflicting legal, ethical, and religious viewpoints on either side. We oppose any allocation of government funds or resources to facilitate abortions, advocate in the public discussion, or to jeopardize the right of any woman to defend her own life and health. We support a resolution of this issue through the proper judicial and legislative channels specified in the Constitution. http://www.republicanliberty.org/docs/rlc2004_principles.htm Note the concluding statement of the RLC: "We support a resolution of this issue through the proper judicial and legislative channels specified in the Constitution." Now let's look at the GOP platform on abortion again under the section of Promoting a Culture of Life: As a country, we must keep our pledge to the first guarantee of the Declaration of Independence. That is why we say the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and we endorse legislation to make it clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children. Our purpose is to have legislative and judicial protection of that right against those who perform abortions. We oppose using public revenues for abortion and will not fund organizations which advocate it. We support the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life. Please notice that the GOP calls for "...a human life amendment to the Constitution..." http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/showplatforms.php?platindex=R2004 The problem with the RLC platform is that it does not rule out allowing the individual states to decide the issue but the GOP platform does rule out states rights on this issue.