The Party’s platform on the issue of abortion adopts for the entire Party the Todd Akin policy of no exceptions, of no empathy for rape & incest victims.
Former RNC Chair Michael Steele said the plank is “way outside the mainstream” but that it would be a waste of time for Mitt Romney to change it. Paul Ryan called rape another “method of conception” but was quick to clarify the president sets policy, so therefore his position is irrelevant.
As Rachel Maddow and others have pointed out, pro-life to the point of banning abortion entirely is the most consistent position to have in the debate over reproductive rights. Why? Because if you’re truly pro-life, and believe a fetus is a person from the moment of conception, then a life is a life is a life, no matter its method of conception.
Personally, I find this position horrifying. Zerlina Maxwell writes, “Sexual assault should never be referred to as a method of conception. American women are not baby incubators. Forcing women to have babies against their wishes is not a ‘vast improvement’ over the status quo, not for rape victims and not for anyone else.”
I agree, and I’ll be curious to see if this is addressed in any way in Tampa.
My post on the Election blog today