Brown Disagrees With GOP 'Personhood' Plank

Sep 22, 2014

Scott Brown, the GOP’s nominee for US senate, disagrees with a change the New Hampshire Republican party made to its platform last weekend.

The new plank calls for support of “the pre-born child’s fundamental right to life and personhood under the Fourteenth Amendment,” mimicking the language in proposed constitutional amendments that seek to give fetuses the same rights as people.

Monday night at a conversation hosted by NHPR and the Rudman Center at the UNH School of Law, Brown distanced himself that plank.

Scott Brown speaking with Laura Knoy at The Rudman Center. UNH Law School, Sept 22, 2014
Credit Allegra Boverman for NHPR

"I'm a pro-choice, independent Republican," he told the crowd, "So I don't agree with that particular part of the platform, however I have always felt that we are a big tent party, we have the opportunity to agree or disagree." that

Brown’s opponent, incumbent democrat Jeanne Shaheen said on Monday that she would be making the platform an issue in the election.

In a statement she wrote that Brown’s party is “irresponsibly out of touch with the needs and rights of women."