Anti-abortion-rights group criticizes RNC reboot

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“In the last election, Republican candidates failed to properly engage on the pro-life issue and this latest report shows they have failed to learn from it," Dannenfelser said in a statement. "Rather than seeking to grow and mobilize the energetic pro-life majority, the GOP has allowed itself to operate solely on the defensive."

She said polls show strong opposition to certain types of abortion, including late-term abortions. 

“Social issues are keys to reaching certain minorities the GOP yearns to attract, as well as to motivate millions of voters who first gravitated to the party as Reagan Democrats," Dannenfelser said.

The RNC report does not call for substantive changes in the party's position on abortion, but it does not recommend a major push to define the party around social issues.


— This post was updated at 5:56 p.m.