RNC winter meeting to make time for anti-abortion rights rally

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Monday, January 6, 2014 - 10:55am

 The Republican National Committee will free up a couple of hours during its winter meeting this January so members can attend the annual March for Life in Washington, CNN confirmed Monday.

The rally, a major event in the anti-abortion rights movement, is scheduled for January 22, when the three-day RNC winter meeting is set to begin. The date also marks the 41st anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court ruling, known as Roe v. Wade, in favor of abortion rights .

The Washington Times first reported the RNC's decision to pause for the rally.

In a statement to CNN, GOP spokeswoman Kirsten Kukowski noted this is the first time RNC members will be in Washington for the meeting at the same time as the march, and many expressed interest in attending the event.

The RNC last held its winter meeting in the Washington, D.C. area in 2011. The meeting took place from January 12-14, while March for Life was held on January 24.

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus made the decision to shift part of the winter meeting's schedule to allow some time for the march and will attend the rally, himself. The RNC will also provide buses so members can get to and from the rally.

"The chairman decided it was important to give everyone an opportunity to go," she said.

The March for Life rally starts at noon on January 22.

Kukowski said registration for the winter meeting and some small meetings will continue in the morning, but the RNC will push the start of its big meetings until the middle of the afternoon.

In 2012, the RNC re-approved the GOP platform's language on abortion, endorsing again a "human life amendment" to the Constitution, which would oppose abortion without making exceptions for rape or incest.

That position was more hardline than that of the party's 2012 presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, who said anti-abortion laws should include an exception for rape.

High-profile political figures who attended last year's march included Sen. Rand Paul, R-Kentucky, and former Sen. Rick Santorum, who battled Romney late into the 2012 GOP primary and caucus season. House Speaker John Boehner delivered a message via video.

CNN's Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report.

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