Tuesday, August 21, 2012

On abortion, Todd Akin speaks for the Republican Party

Paul Ryan and Todd Akin working on H.B. 3 to redefine rape

 The reason there was a national Republican freak-out over Todd Akin's recent comments on female reproductive biology is not that he's off the reservation -- It's that Akin raised the veil on the GOP position on abortion and rape.

When Akin got into trouble he was explaining why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, the majority position in the Republican House caucus.  

The Republican National Convention
Platform Committee has adopted a plank calling for a constitution amendment banning all abortions even in cases of rape and incest.
"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."
It's entirely possible that this plank will get derailed before it's presented at the convention for adoption (you can believe Rove and the money guys are working to pull it), but I promise you that this amendment comes out of the committee it will be approved in a huge wave or raptured agreement.

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