GOP group would steer party toward abortion rights

July 28, 1992|By Chicago Tribune

WASHINGTON -- Taking a page from the Democrats' bus tour book, a group of Republicans has left Washington on a two-week cavalcade to Houston to dramatize their support for abortion rights, an issue that threatens to fracture the GOP convention in three weeks.

While the party has long been divided over abortion, the Reagan revolution squelched the abortion-rights faction in 1980 and only recently has it begun to be more vocal.

Mary Dent Crisp, a former co-chair of the Republican National Committee, and Ann Stone, a conservative Republican, are spearheading the drive this year and they pledge not to be silenced in Houston.

The Republicans for Choice group drives a moving van carrying a huge banner on each side saying "Moving Our Party Back to Its Roots: Republicans for Choice."

They began the trip yesterday at the Republican National Committee headquarters and plan to travel through several states on the way to Houston for the Aug. 17 convention.

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