BOSTON (AP) -- Democrats and abortion rights groups are criticizing a more socially conservative platform approved by the Massachusetts Republican Party.
The party platform adopted Tuesday night by the 80-member Republican State Committee calls every instance of abortion "tragic" and says that the party will advocate for policies that "will assist a woman during a crisis pregnancy."
On the question of gay marriage, the platform says the party believes that "the institution of traditional marriage strengthens society."
The platform has already drawn criticism from the abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice Massachusetts and Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley.
The document could also prove awkward for two of the party’s most prominent candidates -- gubernatorial hopeful Charlie Baker and congressional candidate Richard Tisei.
Baker supports abortion rights and gay marriage. Tisei is gay and married.