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At Least 78 Republican Candidates Would Force Women To Have Rapists’ Babies

At Least 78 Republican Candidates Would Force Women To Have Rapists’ Babies

The extremism of some of the Republican party’s candidates this midterm election cycle will come as a surprise to no one, but some numbers that came out recently on candidates’ stances on abortion are truly shocking.  Every year, the Republican National Coalition for Life, a PAC founded by the notorious anti-feminist Phyllis Schalfly, sends out forms asking Republican candidates for their position on abortion. 

And this year’s responses are dreadful: according to Daniel Tencer of Raw Story, 78 candidates responded that they were “pro-life without discrimination” – meaning that want abortion banned under all circumstances.  No exceptions.

The list doesn’t include all states or candidates running for House and Senate, so as Tencer points out, the actual count of candidates who oppose legal abortion in all its forms is probably higher.  Rachel Maddow flagged this trend back in August, when she said, “The Republican Party is, without actually talking about it, this year nominating a group of candidates for top-of-the-ticket races that are more extreme on the issue of abortion than any other slate of top-of-the-ticket candidates in any other year.”

Meanwhile, the pro-choice Obama administration is demonstrating its commitment to actually helping women carry babies to term if they so desire.  A few days ago, the federal government awarded $27 million to an array of state programs that would help young parents and pregnant teens.  The Pregnancy Assistance Fund money is “designed to help pregnant women and teen parents finish high school, get child care, health care and housing.”

The moral opposition to abortion will always be a subject for debate, and one that isn’t easily resolved, but pro-life candidates, like pro-choice politicians, have an obligation to give women the resources to viably raise children, regardless of whether abortion is legal.  Pro-life candidates’ hypocrisy is revealed when they don’t back programs like these – but of course, because of their “small-government” views, many of these candidates would prefer to force all women in the country to carry their pregnancies to term, regardless of whether the child was a product of rape, and certainly regardless of whether the mother is ready or able to raise a child.

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9:36AM PST on Feb 8, 2011

Charles Wallace: You are so right!

3:26PM PDT on Oct 21, 2010

Nothing to do with politics, as long as the fetus is aborted ASAP I do believe in abortion under these circumstances.

12:24PM PDT on Oct 18, 2010

"A woman who is raped and gets pregnant is not going to give birth to a rapist."

Gotta love those strawmen arguments...

9:13PM PDT on Oct 14, 2010

Every woman is an individual and should be allowed to make the proper decision for herself.

9:33AM PDT on Oct 8, 2010

I'm glad I don't have to listen to Canadian politicians still debate about this.

12:46AM PDT on Oct 8, 2010

@Rosemary G: "When a woman becomes pregnant, and chooses to abort the unborn baby, to me, I think of the life that baby could have been living, had the mother allowed it to be born."

You could have exactly those same thoughts, Rosemary, every time you choose not to have sex when you're ovulating (or choose to use birth control). That's a child who is not going to be born.

Or you could have those thoughts whenever a child dies because he couldn't get an organ transplant. Is that enough for you to advocate for forced organ donations, then? If not, why is the life of a fetus more important than the life of an actual child?

"She could give the baby up for adoption if she doesn't want it."

And if she dies, or has any of a number of very serious complications in that pregnancy, then I guess that's just too bad for her. Pro-lifers act like there are no risks to pregnancy. But there ARE. And a woman has every right to choose NOT to take those risks until she actually is ready to.

12:00AM PDT on Oct 8, 2010

Rosemary G: "I just cannot grasp the pro-choice mentality. This is how I see it. A woman who is raped and gets pregnant is not going to give birth to a rapist."

Rosemary, I just cannot grasp how pro-lifers don't understand that it's the woman's body, and, as such, the woman gets to choose what happens to it. It's not about punishing the fetus. A woman choosing to get an abortion is not doing so to punish the fetus. If a panhandler comes up to you asking for a handout, and you say "No", are you choosing not to give money to him in order to punish him? You may have any of a number of reasons for saying "No" (you don't have the money, you'd rather give to charity, you need the money for some other purpose, etc.). But most of us don't feel that people who are down on their luck are "bad" people. It's just that it's YOUR money, and you get to choose what to do with it, and you choose not to give it to a panhandler at that time. For all you know, that person may end up starving to death because you didn't give him any money. If so, that'll be very sad. But it still doesn't change the fact that you have a right to say "No" to giving him money.

It the woman's body, Rosemary. She has the right to say "No" to pregnancy. She has the right to say to the fetus, "No, you may not use my uterus." It doesn't mean that she hates the fetus, or thinks it's evil, or wants to punish it. It just means she chooses not to allow the fetus to use her uterus.

8:34PM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

First, as one of the few pro-lifers who are members of this site, I want to thank the author of this article for not referring to us as anti-choice. That does mean a lot to me personally. Secondly, I just cannot grasp the pro-choice mentality. This is how I see it. A woman who is raped and gets pregnant is not going to give birth to a rapist. I am sure that as often as this program runs, and as many years as it's been running, every American has to have seen at least one episode of Law & Order SVU once in their life. Olivia, the character played by Mariska Hargitay, is the child of rape. She never decries the fact that her mom chose to have her, even though she was not consenting to sex with her rapist. When a woman becomes pregnant, and chooses to abort the unborn baby, to me, I think of the life that baby could have been living, had the mother allowed it to be born. How does she know that the baby developing inside her would want to be terminated? This fetus is connected to her by an umbilical cord. She could give the baby up for adoption if she doesn't want it. I really just don't understand the pro-choice mentality and I never will.

10:25AM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

Perhaps this revelation about these repuglicans is worthwhile, make damn sure they do not get to go to Washington. Every voting age woman and right minded men need to VOTE !

9:27AM PDT on Oct 7, 2010

Thank you, Charles. I'm over what the lawyer said. She was a close-minded fool. She's never been in an abusive relationship. I guess she figures that a woman cannot say "no" to someone when they were engaged.

I've been through a lot in my life. I came very close to death recently, I guess this is why I claim life so desperately.

But, I don't take offense to what you've said. You weren't bashing me, and I thank you for that, You were very nice when you understood where I was coming from, and the fact is, you have a right to your opinion. I respect that. Thank you again for being kind to me. The world needs more kindness and empathy.

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