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Speak Out: What Do You Think of the GOP Abortion Stance?

GOP platform committee approves plank calling for ban on abortion but doesn’t specifically address exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

A GOP committee has adopted a convention platform that calls for a constitutional ban on abortion, though without specifically addressing exceptions for victims of rape or incest. The platform will come up for a vote at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday. 

Germantown has been a focal point for the broader abortion debate ever since the arrival of Dr. LeRoy Carhart, who openly performs late-term abortions at . His presence sparked numerous protests from activists on either side of the debate and has made national headlines. 

Campaigners for Germantown’s U.S. congressional district race recently got pulled into the discussion, with John Delaney, a Democrat, calling on Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett to denounce Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin’s comment about abortion and rape. 

According to The Huffington Post, Akin said:

"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. "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." 

Delaney also claimed that Bartlett and Akin had co-sponsored legislation that would ban abortion in cases of rape or incest.

Barttlett, who has a doctorate in human physiology, told The Baltimore Sun that he’s known Akin for more than 10 years and considered him a friend, but said Akin’s comments were “offensive and wrong”:

“There is no room in politics for these types of statements,” the Western Maryland Republican said in a statement Tuesday. “As a human physiologist I know there is no scientific backing to Todd’s claims.”

As for the GOP committee’s decision, the stance syncs with the GOP’s prior position on abortion. The discussion comes as Republicans attempt to contain fallout from Akin’s comments.

But unaddressed are whether there should be exceptions for victims of rape or incest.

Readers, what do you think of the GOP plank? Please post your comments below.

Steven Easley August 23, 2012 at 11:31 AM
Completely agree with the plank if for no other reason than to stop the institutionalized genocide machine called Planned Parenthood. According to the Centers for Desease Control black babies are aborted when compared to whites by a 3.6:1 ratio.
LeszX August 23, 2012 at 12:30 PM
Rep. Todd Aikin was referring to forcible rape - as distinct from statutory rape - or false allegations of rape. He made an unfortunate choice of the word "legitimate". The Republican establishment - the wimps that they are - all ran for cover, when the appropriate action would have been to dismiss the matter as of no consequence - beyond an unfortunate choice of words. The separate question is whether or not the incidence of pregnancy as a result of rape is any different from consensual sexual relations. If Rep Akin is wrong - then the proper response would be to present the evidence - rather than all these displays of high dudgeon. As to the question of abortion in the case of rape or incest - the baby should not be punished for the crimes of his or her father. Most cases of pregnancy resulting from incest involve a male abusing a younger and weaker (emotionally and/or physically) female. Abortion in those cases would just erase the evidence of the crime - and allow the abuse of the woman to continue. The problem with all of the arguments for abortion is that they separate the interests of the mother from the interests of the child. The truly humane approach is to protect both the child and the mother.
Steven Easley August 23, 2012 at 01:48 PM
The GOP made a strategic call when they already knew this guy was shaky versus Claire Mcasskill, so much so that a Democratic Superpac spent $2 million to get this guy to win the primary. Given this when he made ths statements he did the GOP rightly pounced to get this very weak candidate replaced. Sarah Palin had endorsed his opponent in the primary. She and the GOP are ticked off the Democrats did this again as sleazy as it is.
Rich Hutchison August 23, 2012 at 04:25 PM
Most Liberals are probably unaware that Planned Parenthood was founded for the expressed purpose of limiting the black population. Aikin is an idiot who bought into some weird theory that a woman who is raped might have a severe physical reaction that could cause a miscarriage. That's pretty stupid, but it's not evil. His unfortunate use of the word "legitimate" was an attempt to distinguish between women who were raped and others falsely claiming to have been raped in order to meet some legal standards for abortion. Again, stupid, but not malicious. As for some committee putting together some plank to be voted for, first, platforms are meaningless, have no weight in law, and are always completely ignored after the conventions. Take Nancy Pelosi's word on this: you have to pass the law to know what's in it. :-P
John Naughton August 23, 2012 at 05:32 PM
I'm delighted with the Republican plank on abortion. Contrast that with the democrat party of death position. The dems support: abortion through all nine months of pregnancy, sex-selection abortion where predominately little girls are murdered in a most painful way, abortion of young girls caught in sex-trafficking so they can be forcibly kept in prostitution, abortion of young girls who have been statutorily raped so they can be kept in sexual abuse, abortion on demand of babies that can feel extreme pain and the forcible abortion of women who want to keep their babies.and the dems insist we all pay for their horrors. It is without a doubt that that the preborn are human beings whom pediatric surgeons operate to save thie lives as early as 17 weeks gestation. Any person who has a smidgen of compassion for women and the preborn must support the Republican position on life over the dem position on death.

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