Republicans Not Worried About Losing Voters Over Abortion Plank

Republicans have apparently come to terms with the fact that their reach is shrinking as their platform becomes more extreme.

In an interview with ABC’s “This Week” Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, chairman of the Republican convention platform committee insisted that the party’s anti-abortion under every-circumstance plank would cost Romney independent voters come November. Frankly, said McDonnell, if voters want a pro-choice party they can look elsewhere. “We’re a pro-life party. The Democrats are pro-choice.”

McDonnell returned to a popular Republican talking point, claiming that the culture war issues were simply a distraction from the larger issues of the economy. It would be an interesting point to discuss if Republicans would stop waging the culture wars long enough for an honest conversation on the economy to take place.

When pressed as to why Republicans wouldn’t consider softening their forced-birth platform, McDonnell claimed that was an issue for Congress and the states to work out. It’s slippery double-speak of course. The Republican platform calls for a constitutional amendment to grant personhood to embryonic cells. Should that happen states would have no power to contract or expand reproductive rights because reproductive rights would, effectively, be banned.

Not all Republicans share that view. Former Florida Governor and Republican Charlie Crist endorsed President Obama over the weekend in an op-ed where he criticized the party for veering hard to the right on many issues. “Look no further than the inclusion of the Akin amendment in the Republican Party platform, which bans abortion even for rape victims,” wrote Crist.

As the rift within the Republican party deepens, now is the time for any level-headed leaders to step up and save the party from political irrelevance, and the fact that nobody is able to speaks to the lack of depth in Republican talent beyond the current Tea Party hacks.

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Charli S.
Charlotte S.3 years ago

then they are stupid. This is the one issue I will not compromise on. I had a friend who died of an abortion before Roe vs Wade became the law of the land.

Those who believe the Bible says abortion is wrong had better read their Bible. NO WHERE does it say that.

Dan B.
Dan Brook3 years ago

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Carla van der Meer

The fact that they would even consider this is offensive to women.

Carla van der Meer

Of course they are not worried. They are arrogant enough to believe that women will sit quietly like good little girls, and vote how they are told to.

mike rollo
mike rollo3 years ago

abortion should be choice,this is america,land of the free.If a woman wants an abortion it is on her concience and soul and has nothing to do with me .I may not approve but who am i to take responsibility for someone elses actions.My life came with it's own scars and that is for me to live with .Just like the woman who chooses abortion

James Kurt
James K.3 years ago

Michael - I don't know. Because life is suffering? Because the nervous system is everything? Or did it have nothing to do with determining the existence of a person? Was it just to answer the question of pain re abortion? I don't know. But if I may ask again, when does life begin? (And for how long (in the developmental process) should we allow it to be ended?)

Michael G.
Michael T.3 years ago

Why do you think I put such emphasis on the ability to experience pain James?

James Kurt
James K.3 years ago

Michael, I am simply trying to discern when you believe that "one day" is that a person becomes a human being. It did seem that you put considerable emphasis on the ability to experience pain... If that is not it, then could you say when it is? (People have various ideas - conception, implantation, heart beating, brain waves, arms and legs, viability, being outside the womb, a year or two after birth... You know my thought; I would be interested in knowing yours.)

Michael G.
Michael T.3 years ago

@James K writes You give a lot of what looks like very good information on fetal pain and the development of the fetal brain. That's fine. I don't recall much immediate discussion that preceded or called for it, but it is fine and seems to be a point well made.
I don’t know James, I was pretty convinced since the topic is about the abortion issue that it would arm people with a clearer understanding of the necessary information about pre-natal and neo-natal anatomy and physiology.

You then comment by saying

So then would your point be a person becomes a person when he/she is able to feel pain?

I think you know that it goes beyond that simplification. Many would wish to imply that there is a being represented by something that has arms and legs, when instead it is simply the chassis for what one day could become a human being. I think the evidence speaks clearly and for itself. But again, you appear to have a hidden agenda in posing this question.

Michael G.
Michael T.3 years ago

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