If Republicans are so eager to distance themselves from the seething misogyny of Representative Todd Akin (R-MO), then how come they are about to enshrine a total abortion ban in their party platform?
It’s a good question. But, we already know the answer. The reason the GOP will adopt as its official position the belief that under no circumstances, not even rape, incest or when a woman’s life is in danger, should women be allowed to terminate a pregnancy is because it is a party that does not believe in personal liberty for women. Akin is the mainstream of his party. The Republican leadership just hopes we don’t realize that.
The language that will likely be adopted says the following:
Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed,” the draft platform declares. “We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.
Delegates will vote to adopt this constitutional ban on abortion at the Republican convention next week. Women should be horrified as EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock rightly notes in her statement:
Republicans are hell-bent on turning back the clock for women in America – today they’ll vote to make government force a woman impregnated during a rape to carry that pregnancy to term. The days of small government are long gone in the GOP
At EMILY’s List we spend a lot of time examining what women voters care about – and independent women all over the country reject these extremist policies,” Schriock continued. “Instead – from reproductive rights, to equal pay, to Medicare – Republicans are engaged in a cradle to grave assault on the programs women need to keep themselves and their families healthy. That’s why this November, voters are going to re-elect the President, and send him strong Democratic women in the House and Senate to help promote a progressive agenda.
Republicans are taking their woman-hating one step further, inserting a “salute” to states pushing “informed consent” laws like the mandatory transvaginal ultrasound laws in Texas and Virginia and the mandated, and scientifically dis-proven, link between breast cancer and abortion in Kansas and abortion and suicide in South Dakota.
This is the modern-day conservative movement–a movement built on the idea that women’s bodies are to be feared, controlled and manipulated. It’s a movement of forced-birth and government controlled procreation and little else, no matter what the campaign ads may claim.
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