Two weeks ago in an interview on a Minneapolis television station KTVI-TV, Republican Congressman Todd Akin was asked whether he believes abortion is justified in cases of rape.
“It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
Being pro-life is one thing, but declaring no exceptions for victims of rape and forcing those women to bear the child of their rapist is another. Mr. Akin apparently feels so strongly about this position that he discussed his pseudo-science of ‘rape vs. legitimate rape’ on television.
So does that mean all the women that have gotten pregnant from rape in the past weren’t really raped at all and they secretly wanted it?
So despite the many accounts of pregnancy from these rape victims, they are all lying?
Why would they lie about that if your science is so unequivocal as to state it on the record for all to see?
“Rape is rape” says the president. He must be off his rocker.
Congressman Todd Akin is currently the U.S Representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district. At the moment, he is the Republican nominee running to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in November’s U.S Senate election. This statement of his certainly does not bode well for his campaign, and for the national view of the Republican party as a whole.
But here’s the kicker: Following his broadcast of the Republican party’s birther views as well as criticism from prominent members of his party for thinking in such a way including the current presidential and vice presidential nominee, the republican party officially adopted his policy views of no exception for rape into their political platform later in the week.
In response to Todd Akin’s comments, the Romney Campaign said that “a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.” This statement directly contradicts both their views in the past as well as the current Republican platform.
Ryan’s entire career as a congressman essentially epitomizes today’s neo-conservative movement of anti-abortion, anti-environment, and increased defense spending when it’s unneeded. Additionally his co-signed ‘Personhood’ bill defines life at the moment of conception and criminalizes abortion in every case – a bill too extreme even for the deep red state of Mississippi which voted it down.
On October 2nd, 2011 in an interview with Mike Huckabee, Romney was asked if he would support a constitutional amendment that would establish the definition of life at conception, to which he replied (very confidently), “Absolutely.”
Here’s the question now: Are these candidates changing their views against the party’s will because they personally have had a change of heart, or because they want to win votes?
After Paul Ryan’s speech last night at the Republican National Convention, Ex Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice admitted to MSNBC Reporter Andrea Mitchell “The birther movement is an extreme.”
Because it is.