A rape exception is now the liberal position in the GOP's abortion policy
The Kansas City Star
The abortion debate has veered so far to the right that condoning a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy that began as a result of rape or incest is becoming the Republican Party’s liberal view.
As we learned from Congressman Todd Akin’s disastrous comment, many GOP elected officials now draw a distinction between rape by force and rape by other forms of coercion. (And who would be the arbiter of what constitutes forcible rape, I wonder.)
Vicky Hartzler, the freshman Congressman from mid-Missouri, is in that camp. She, like Akin, was a co-sponsors of a proposed constitutional amendment that extends “personhood” rights from the moment of fertilization. She and Akin also co-sponsored a bill that called for a ban on taxpayer-supported abortions with an exception only in the case of “forcible rape.”
“I believe that all life is precious and deserves to live, no matter how it was conceived,” Hartzler said in an interview with a Columbia Tribune reporter.
So there it is — no consideration at all for the woman or her circumstances.
Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan said something similar during a recent interview with a TV news reporter. “I’ve always adopted the idea that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life,” he said.
Ryan, Hartzler and Akin all come by their opposition to abortion sincerely and genuinely. But theirs is a cold, cold viewpoint. Try telling a rape victim that the method of conception doesn’t matter in her obligation to give birth to that child.
Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney says he opposes abortion but supports an exemption for victims of rape and incest. Romney has been all over the board in regards to abortion rights, but right now he’s a moderate in his party. Maybe even a liberal.