Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Akin speaks for the GOP on abortion, ctd.

Ezra Klein this morning rounding up news about the GOP platform heading into the convention:
"The Republican platform will continue to contain language endorsing a new constitutional amendment protecting ‘human life’…The GOP’s platform has been unchanged on the issue for more than two decades. But the issue has received new attention after comments from Rep. Todd Akin (R) of Missouri on abortion and rape….That language would seem to be incompatible with laws allowing abortion in any instances except if the life of the mother was endangered, but the platform does not specifically address the issue.”

But the GOP has added more intensely anti-abortion language this time around. ”[T]hey’ve endorsed language saying that opposing abortion upholds the dignity of women. And they’ve also included language asking that drugs that end pregnancy after conception, including RU-486, not be allowed.” Rosalind S. Helderman in The Washington Post. (emphasis in the original)

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