Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus is delaying the beginning of the RNC's yearly winter meeting so that committee members and the chairman himself can participate in the pro-life March for Life.
"I saw that there was a real interest among a significant portion of our members to attend and support the Rally for Life," Priebus said in an email obtained by The Washington Times. "This is a core principle of our party. It was natural for me to support our members and our principles."
Mr. Priebus also decided that the RNC will charter a bus to and from the march for those among the RNC’s 168 members who wish to attend, he said.
"I will attend the March for Life and am making a few simple modifications of the schedule and ensuring that the members have safe and adequate transportation to and from the rally," he continued in his email.
The annual winter meeting was originally scheduled to start on January 22nd and move through January 24th. The March of Life is scheduled for January 22nd as well.
Some RNC members praised Priebus' decision.
"I have served under a number of chairmen and not one of them ever made any opportunity for us to attend the March for Life, and they always scheduled critical meetings for the same time as the March for Life. Big thanks to Reince for standing up for the unborn."
In April 2013 Priebus wrote a piece for Redstate.com strongly criticizing abortion rights group and reproductive health care provider Planned Parenthood.
"In the last election, Republicans were repeatedly asked about whether they supported cutting funding to Planned Parenthood," Priebus wrote in the piece. "It’s time Democrats are asked whether they still support funding an organization that refuses to care for a newborn."
This post was updated.