Texas Republican Party Platform Rejects Family Values and Right to Life

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The Texas Republican Party's Platform is a document that can generally be counted on to shock Texans and those watching across the nation. The platform coming out of the 2014 Texas Republican Party Convention does not disappoint.

Nestled among commitments to restrict and revoke the rights of all kinds of different Americans is a clear message: the Texas GOP doesn't want anyone telling them what to do, especially not scary international organizations like the United Nations, and most definitely when it comes to the rights of children and families as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.

More on the UN's presence on the GOP platform below the jump.The Republican Party calls on the United States to withdraw from the United Nations entirely, so one has to assume that the GOP doesn't want the United States to continue to hold the power to check the actions of countries like China and Russia on the Security Council. Maintaining one-fifth of the decision-making power on the only body with the ability to create sanctions or call for U.N. troop involvement in conflicts around the world is clearly not on the top of the Republican Party's interests.

Another United Nations – focused plank of the platform is slightly more surprising: the rejection of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. Of course, the Republican Party of Texas is just staying true to their opposition to letting an international organization tell Texas or the United States what to do. The contents of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is so egregiously counter to GOP ideology and values that needed to be specifically targeted in the current platform.

The Convention on the Rights of the Child requires signing countries to recognize certain integral rights of children, including:

{Recognizing that] the child, by reason of his physical and mental immaturity, needs special safeguards and care, including appropriate legal protection, before as well as after birth.

As well as:

Convinced that the family, as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community, [and]recognizing that the child, for the full and harmonious development of his or her personality, should grow up in a family environment, in an atmosphere of happiness, love and understanding.

The root of GOP opposition to this document is clear: dedication to protecting a child's right to life before and after birth and support for family structures is completely counter to Republican rhetoric. Though that might sound ridiculous, in truth the Convention on the Rights of the Child requires a far more holistic commitment to a quality of life for children and families than the GOP has ever supported.

The GOP has proven that it is not interested in securing the well-being of Texas children and families. Their interest in preserving the lives of children is limited to conversations about restricting reproductive rights and nothing more. Should they ever decide to change their tune, they ought to consider the UN document as a great place to start.  


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Genevieve Cato

Genevieve Cato is a feminist activist and a native Texan. While not writing for the Burnt Orange Report, she can be found working for NARAL Pro-Choice Texas, serving as a community member of the Communications Committee for the Lilith Fund for Reproductive Equity, and drinking copious amounts of pretentious local craft beers.

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