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Gayle in MD
08-21-2012, 11:02 PM
<span style='font-size: 11pt'>Todd Akin's Abortion Position Reflects GOP Platform </span>

<span style='font-size: 11pt'>Lost in the national outrage and politics following an inflammatory statement made Sunday by GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin in Missouri is the reality that, on a fundamental level, there is no policy difference between Akin's comments and the mainstream GOP platform.?

CNN reported on Monday that the draft of the GOP's official 2012 platform calls for a federal ban on abortion with no exception for rape and incest survivors -- the same policy Akin was trying to defend when he asserted that victims of "legitimate rape" have a natural bodily mechanism that prevents them from getting pregnant.

The platform also demands that the government "not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage," a policy that harkens back to the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2011. The GOP sponsors of that bill, including Akin and current GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), tried to narrow the definition of rape as it relates to abortion; only "forcible rape," the bill originally stated, warrants insurance coverage for abortion. The language was removed before the bill passed.

Akin's remarks and the ensuing outrage from both parties forced Mitt Romney to rein in his running mate's conservative position on abortion. The Romney campaign announced Sunday night that the Romney/Ryan ticket supports abortion in cases of rape, even though Ryan previously opposed it.

But if the draft of the GOP platform is any indication, the Republican National Committee will not include a rape exception in its platform. "Our platform language is the same [as] it's been in 2004 and 2008," an RNC spokesperson told The Huffington Post when asked if it would consider a rape exception. "It's a strong pro-life position that doesn't get into granular specifics. We leave those to the states."

Ten GOP-controlled state legislatures, over the past couple of years, have passed bans on abortions after 20 weeks of gestation that do not include an exception for rape victims. Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) recently tried to pass the same ban in the District of Columbia.

Romney and Ryan could be unsuccessful at severing ties with the Akin mindset. Ryan, in addition to having sponsored a federal fetal personhood law that would force rape victims to go through with their pregnancies, plans to headline the "Values Voter Summit" next month alongside a number of prominent Akin supporters. The Family Research Council, the primary sponsor of the event, came to Akin's defense Monday, telling Politico that it still supports Akin "fully and completely."

FRC president Tony Perkins lashed out at Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) for saying Akin should drop out of his Senate race. “[Brown] should be careful, because based on some of his statements there may be call for him to get out of his race,” he said. “He has been off the reservation on a number of Republican issues."

Romney, RH Reality Check points out, has accepted the endorsement of Dr. John Willke, a prominent anti-abortion doctor. Willke, president of the Life Issues Institute, wrote a book with a chapter on rape from which Akin could have easily pulled his facts:

"Her body is upset," Willke writes, referring to the rape victim. "Every woman is aware that stress and emotional factors can alter her menstrual cycle ... Hormone production is controlled by a part of the brain which is easily influenced by emotions. There’s no greater emotional trauma that can be experienced by a woman than an assault rape. This can radically upset her possibility of ovulation, fertilization, implantation and even nurturing of a pregnancy."

Ultimately, Romney and the Republicans' success in the upcoming election could hinge in part on their ability to distance themselves from members like Akin, although Akin's comment only underscores a position many Republicans are trying to codify into law.

UPDATE: 1:48 p.m. -- The Republican platform committee approved the draft on Tuesday that calls for a constitutional ban on abortion without exception for rape victims, Politico reports.

"I appreciate the good work that that committee did -- in past platforms that has been hours of discussion -- and I applaud the committee's work in affirming our respect for human life," said Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the committee. "Well done."


This is batcrap Crazy!


08-22-2012, 12:08 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, a conservative Christian group, said that Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was<span style='font-size: 14pt'> "absolutely right" </span>to claim that women cannot become pregnant from "legitimate rape."

The host of the talk radio show Focal Point said that the trauma from <span style='font-size: 14pt'>a “real, genuine rape, a case of forcible rape”</span> would make it "difficult" for a woman to conceive a child, Right Wing Watch notes.

"There's a very delicate and complex mix of hormones that take place -- that are released -- in a woman's body, and if that gets interfered with, it may make it impossible for her or difficult in that particular circumstance to conceive a child," Fischer said during his show Monday.

<u>"That's all Todd Akin is saying...and he's absolutely right about that,"</u> he continued.

Akin came under fire this week after he attempted to justify his extreme anti-abortion stance by arguing that "legitimate rape" does not causing pregnancy.

"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV on Sunday. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."

According to the New York Times, this is not the first time that this line of reasoning has been used by anti-abortion advocates.

However, leading experts on reproductive health have dismissed this logic as unfounded.
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“There are no words for this -- <u>it is just nuts,</u>”</span> said Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, told the New York Times that “to suggest that there’s some biological reason why women couldn’t get pregnant during a rape is absurd.”

According to a 1996 report in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, there are about <span style='font-size: 14pt'>32,000 unwanted pregnancies caused by rape every year in the United States.</span> </div></div>


08-22-2012, 01:13 AM
Maddow (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#48746354)


Gayle in MD
08-22-2012, 06:13 AM
<div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body">“There are no words for this -- it is just nuts,” said Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.


That says it all!


Gayle in MD
08-22-2012, 06:16 AM
Saw that, she's great.

Finally the Republican election tactic of distracting from the pressing issues of our country, by using the GOD CARD, and the ABORTION CARD, has blown right up in their own faces!

They are finally paying the price for capitulating to the batcrap extremists in this country. Tjhey are now the PARTY of the STUPID! It's official!

They spent the whole week demonizing Akins, and then ended up agreeing with everything he has stood for all along!

The Ultimate Flip-Flop of all times!


08-22-2012, 08:28 AM
Ryan is Akin, but younger and thinner and with better hair.

Otherwise, peas in a pod, and those ads are writing themselves as we speak. They also carry the always welcome feature of being true.

What I'm enjoying is imagining the inner thoughts of Mr. Romney. I imagine he's quite beside himself with raging emotions, and he's furiously raising still more money at unbelievable record levels to try to do it all with money. (Cf: Michael Huffington's self-financed bid in CA, I guess before Arianna found out he was gay.)