Rep. Mary Bono Mack has expressed her disagreement with the abortion platform that her fellow Republicans adopted in anticipation of the GOP convention.
The platform encourages a constitutional amendment to ban abortion, with no exceptions made for rape or incest.
“Every four years we go through the process of drafting a party platform and every four years this issue is particularly frustrating. I do not agree with the language that has been adopted on abortion,” Bono Mack, a Palm Springs Republican, said in a statement.
“I am a Republican because I will always fight for economic freedom, fiscal responsibility, and energy independence. As Republicans, we will always agree more than we disagree.”
Bono Mack will be in Tampa next week as a convention delegate for presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney. She is also a member of the convention’s rules committee.
Bono Mack’s Democratic challenger is Raul Ruiz, an emergency room physician from Palm Desert.
The issue of abortion has been a big talking point on the campaign trail this week after U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, a Missouri Republican, suggested abortion laws don’t need exceptions for rape because “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy.
His comments were blasted by both Bono Mack and U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, a Rancho Mirage Democrat.