On January 24, the online Huffington Post carried the following story:
Its opening paragraph outlined:
A Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives introduced a bill on January 23 to legally force rape victims to carry their pregnancies to term to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.
If enacted, the bill–introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R)–would charge a rape victim who obtained an abortion with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”
Third-degree felonies in New Mexico carry a sentence of up to three years in prison.
Apparently Republicans have learned nothing from their electoral defeats in the November 6 elections.
Their nominee for United States Senator from Missouri blew his electoral hopes sky-high with just two words: “Legitimate rape.”
On August 19, 2012, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) justified his opposition to abortion by claiming that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant.
“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. 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, and not attacking the child.”
Earlier, on August 8, he had said during a radio interview: “As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we just shouldn’t have abortion in this country.”
On November 6, “Mr. Legitimate Rape” lost to Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.
Nine days later, on August 28, the official Republican platform demanded a total ban on abortions when the party assembled to nominate Mitt Romney as its Presidential candidate in Tampa.
Specifically, the platform:
- Stated that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
- Called for the passage of a Human Life Amendment to overturn Roe v. Wade and thus ban all abortions.
- Supported “the appointment of judges who respect traditional family values and the sanctity of innocent human life.”
- Opposed using public revenues to promote or perform abortion.
- Opposed funding organizations that perform or advocate abortions.
- Stated that the party will not fund or subsidize health care that includes abortion coverage.
On October 18, Rep. Joe Walsh, (R-IL) running for the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinoi against Democrat Tammy Duckworth, said that abortions should not be allowed even when the mother’s life is at risk because of advances in medicine.
“This is an issue that opponents of life throw out there to make us look unreasonable,” Walsh told reporters about the “saving-the-life-of-the-mother” exception.
“There’s no such exception as life of the mother. And as far as health of the mother, same thing. With advances in science and technology,” he said that it’s almost impossible for a woman to need an abortion to save her life.
“Health of the mother has become a tool for abortions anytime under any reason.”
Walsh had been sued by his ex-wife, Laura, who claimed he owed more than $100,000 in overdue child support and interest.
On November 6, Tammy Duckworth defeated Walsh 55%-45%.
Yet another Republican to embrace the fetus fanatics cause was Richard Mourdock, the Indiana state treasurer who pined to be that state’s U.S. Senator.
On October 23, he declared: “The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God.
“I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
Mr. “Rape Is God’s Plan for You” Mourdock was defeated at the polls on November 6.
So you would think Republicans might have learned that “smaller government is better” and thus stop trying to overturn or undercut the right of a woman to control her own reproductive organs.
But they haven’t.
On January 25, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) addressed the anti-abortion protest March for Life in Washington, D.C.
He promised to “help make abortion a relic of the past” a national priority. ”Let that be one of our most fundamental goals this year,” he said.
With abortion having become so deadly an election issue for Republicans, I decided to send a link to the above story about the New Mexico anti-abortion bill to my conservative friend, Dave.
I didn’t offer any commentary, other than in the subject-line of the email: “AND YOU WONDER WHY OBAMA GOT RE-ELECTED?”
It didn’t take him long to reply.