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Friday, October 28, 2016

Akin Reflects GOP’s Growing Hostility To Women’s Rights

Akin Reflects GOP’s Growing Hostility To Women’s Rights

Even as Mitt Romney worked to clean up the mess left by Todd Akin, GOP activists made sure that his ludicrous comments about rape would continue to hound the Republican presidential ticket. Last week, those activists endorsed extreme language on abortion — indicating no exceptions for rape, incest or the mother’s life — in the Republican Party’s platform.

For several days, high-profile Republicans, led off by Romney himself, have been at pains to denounce Akin’s remarks and urge him to drop out of the race against U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, a Missouri Democrat. Akin set off a firestorm with profoundly ignorant comments about rape and reproduction in a television interview; he has seemed taken aback by the reaction and engaged in a round of apologies, hoping public penance will salvage his campaign.

However, the congressman is not in trouble with party mandarins because of what he believes but rather for the way he expressed it. He is not as adept at evasion and duplicity as the more camera-ready Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s vice presidential nominee. But make no mistake about it: They share the same rigid, antediluvian views on women’s reproductive rights.

The GOP’s party platform calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortion, asserting that “an unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.” It mentions no rights for women who are raped or with severe medical conditions exacerbated by a pregnancy.

That position echoes the views of some of the Republican Party’s most prominent members, including Ryan. (The vice presidential nominee has said he endorses abortion in cases where the mother’s life is threatened, but not in cases of rape or incest.) He and Akin proudly co-sponsored the “Sanctity of Human Life Act,” which defines life as beginning at conception. Many legal analysts have said such a law, if it passed, would outlaw all abortions.

Akin and Ryan also co-sponsored a bill that suggested that not all cases of rape were “legitimate,” to use Akin’s incendiary rhetoric. That piece of legislation would have rewritten current law so that only victims of “forcible” rape could use federal funds for their abortions. It passed only after that language was removed, so its sponsors were not forced to define “forcible.” Still, it surely sounded as though they would have discounted cases in which, say, a 13-year-old was seduced by her 24-year-old schoolteacher.

So why should Akin be forced to drop his campaign when his views line up with those of the party’s rising young star? Romney may be able to distance himself from Akin, but he chose Ryan as his No. 2.

  • I truly believe that, if the (self)-Right(eous)-Wing takes the elections, America is liable to have a “silly season” that is anything but funny.

  • The United States Constitution.
    States can play what ever games they want, even if it’s in their Constitution doesn’t make any difference Once the Supreme Court rules on it, it’s Federal Jurisdiction.
    The 10th Amendment;
    “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people”.
    Reserved, not Granted. Reserve a ticket, who owns it., claim the ticket who owns it.
    Article VI, Clause 2
    “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United
    States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, anything in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding”
    This Constitution AND , not are The Laws of the United States
    Roe v Wade.
    You never hear about the other case that was ruled on the same day.
    Doe v Bolton
    “The Court deemed abortion a fundamental right under the United States Constitution,
    thereby subjecting all laws attempting to restrict it to the standard of strict scrutiny”
    “A fundamental right”
    They’re wasting their time, and jerking this country around AGAIN
    ECONOMY, EMPLOYMENT. Those should be the number one priorities they’re not.
    An Amendment?. Look up Article 5 in the Constitution. never happen.

    • NamVet_Ron

      Trouble with that senerio is whoever is president will chose maybe three Supreme Court Justices and everything will be changeable since Mitt said he will choose judges who will overturn Roe v Wade and probably anything else that the crazy Right does not like!

      • Fortunately Amendments CAN be overturned. It takes an Amendment to do it, but it can happen. The 18th was prohibition, they learned their lesson, more people and kids drank before the Amendment was Ratified, The gangs made a fortune, the 21st repealed it.

    • highpckts

      Richie t – thank you for the research! I appreciate someon who takes the time to find out the real answers!

  • The other saga with an amendment banning abortion. in the Jewish religion, human life starts at birth. It would conflict with a religious belief, that makes it illegal under the 1st Amendment. Another reason it will never happen. It’s a personal decision, it can’t never be a law. You have a problem with that? deal with it.

  • howa4x

    It amazes me constantly that all the republicanss care about is the birth and not the childhood. Otherewise why would they always be ready to cut programs like head start that is there so single mothers who choose to give birth can go to work. Or Pell grants to get struggling young people out of proverty by providing support for higher education. These do gooder republicans want to roll back all the enviornmental regulations that protect the quality of the air and water and they want to curtail the inspectors that keep our food supply safe for all these newly born kids. They want to cancel family health care and have them become uninsured and allow insurance companies to deny coverage to kids with birth defects or childhood illnesss.
    They talk about the sactity of life to protect the unborn, but the problem is they could care less about them once it happens

    • You can’t have an abortion, after it’s born? It’s not our problem. Cut every single thing that helps people that are barely surviving in this screwed up economy they started, while they make millions. Not our problem.

      • howa4x

        True. and they call that religion

    • Bottom line they only CARE ABOUT THE WEALTHY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Why can’t people see this. They are about as religious and God fearing as their pinkey toe.

      • howa4x


      • jiggymama

        I have been seeing it all along. I can see your frustration because. I ask myself the same question ever day.

        The gop are the ones who are fueling a civil war. And if this happens the rich will be the first to go down followed by the GOP.

        I for one am fed up.

        republicans + money + sexuality=EVIL

    • Anyone else besides me who remembers when Health Care, Head Start, WIC and others were Republican issues – not like today, but when THEY fought for them.

      • howa4x

        That was then, when the republican party has reasonable people. Now they have Ayn Rand disciples who run around loathing the poor, and although they cling to the bible they practice the Social Darwinism concept of survival of the fittest. They act completely contrary to what Jesus preached but say everything they do is in his name. How can people who claim to be religious zealots like Michelle Bachmann be for cutting programs that benefit innocent children and say , she is doing it as a Christian. The Republican party lacks statesman who are willing to stand up for social justice. People like Eisenhower who sent troops to force Arkansas to integrate the schools in Little Rock. Can you imagine any republican since Nixon who would do that?Between the Tea party and Groover Norquist the Republican party has swung so far to the right. They are now lap dogs of the super wealthy, anti enviornment, and anti child.They are as Christine O’donnell would describe them: A Witches Brew

  • The culture of the growing nanny state contributes to dependent behavior instead of personal responsibility. Romney very much is for women’s rights and family and a prosperous life for all Americans.

    • BDD1951

      You’re so full of it!!!!

    • paid troll or really ignorant fool.

      • CAThinker

        Is there a difference?

    • Landsende

      If you really believe that I feel sorry for you because you’re in for a rude awakening when you find out your idol has feet of clay. And you have no one but yourself to blame for not searching for the facts instead of listening to Faux news who have openly admitted they lie.

    • Father_Touch_M_McFeelems

      “The culture of the growing nanny state…”

      Hey, which libural website did you steal that line from? BTW, how’s that nanny state working out for your masters?

    • DurdyDawg

      Yeah, we know what’s in his heart:

    • rustacus21

      Which ‘Romney’ do U refer? The ‘governor’ or the ‘presidential candidate’? He seems several different people, but make no mistake – he, like Aiken, like Ryan, believe Women are lesser beings, beneath ‘their’ kind. U have to search long & hard to find ‘POLICIES’ that qualify U’r ‘insinuation’ of the above – which is as far removed from reality as the crudest fiction. The ‘nanny state’ U so eloquently refer, is another of those fictions invented by conservatives, which is non-existent when Liberals ‘competently’ command the Oval Office. Do the numbers U’s self & compare them from Clinton, to both Reagan AND the Bush’s. Just those, as the crisis of 2001-2009 is on-going, to inflict MAXIMUM damage on President Obama in order that he be painted EXACTLY in the shades & hues conservatives have determined since November 6th, 2008. The ‘Great Republican Depression’ has continued to grind out, due to the vicious hate of conservatives not only for THIS president, but the American people & the Democracy they depend, but is slowly being ‘privatized’, piece by piece… By conservatives, that is…

  • nhpoet

    A Republican belief in the sacredness of human life has been rewritten into this political morality theatre. The irony in this comedy of errors comes from the fact the GOP holds less than a moral view of a woman’s human worth and individual freedom. The underlying truth is that the extreme political right believes in controlling people’s lives through regulating their choices. It appears that the RomneyRyan view supports withholding the truth to spare people from realizing their loss of freedom to choose according to their own knowledge and beliefs.

    Sadly, this all leads to post-modern fascism and a corporate oligarchy to replace our democratic republic.

  • AirmanFirstClass

    Every time a Republican is in the Oval office, we either have a war or a division of our citizens to suit the Republican agenda. Our economy could have been fixed on Jan. 2008, BUT, the Republican controlled congress fought to undermine everything Pres. Obama had sent to the congress for approval.
    One would think the Grand Old Party is no longer a party that wants to help America, but destroy everything our nation stands for.
    ALL Americans that beleive in our democracy should stand together.
    Remeber= “United we stand, divided we fall”
    G-d Bless America

  • The GOP certainly has a loser with this one.

  • Romney and Ryan can run, but they can’t hide from their records. It seems sometimes that our politicians are not aware of video tape and other forms of recording devices. Ryan’s name is attached to bills that are clearly anti-women and so are his votes. Claiming that he will only support what Romney wants is just silly, disingenious and clearly false. Besides Mitt’s past remarks show his bias as well. Next weeks clown show is going to be very interesting and amusing. I’ve already set the DVR.

  • Father_Touch_M_McFeelems

    I have a personal theory on this: these Republicans are, themselves, the result of rape and incest. How else could anyone explain such a bunch of absolute self-destructive morons under one roof?

  • CaptainWes

    “… but he chose Ryan asa his number 2.”

    I think we all should choose ALL Republicans as our number 2 – just remember to use the Charmin afterwards.

  • CaptainWes

    Actually, I want to know how to square Mr. Etch a Sketch’s no abortion policy with A) his statement as Governor of Massachussetts that he supports the rght of all women to choose on abortion, and B) how he can be so staunchly znti-abortion when he made millions investing in a Europezn company that transforms aborted fetuses into fertilizer? Waht does thata make the eople who eat plants that grew from that mix?

  • Deb

    Romeny opposes abortion yet invests in a company calle Steriacycle that disposes of fetus after
    an abortion………… Hypocrite check it out Boston Globe

  • You know, there was a time when the politician, or party, at TRIED to make their lies believable. I guess those days are gone. Their records speak for itself, problem is they are more, or less, saying “That’s NOT what I meant”. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more blatant move to destroy women’s rights, as I do now. The GOP has turned into something that this country doesn’t need, or want. I guess in Nov they will get their answer.

  • ralphkr

    Everyone has missed the underlying truth to the statement that a woman does not get pregnant from being raped. You see, if a pregnant woman claims that she was raped her pregnancy automatically puts the lie to her claim of rape and all Right thinkers immediately understand that she is a slut. (and immediately try and arrange a date)

  • please, America is one of the greatest country in earth, I would like to tell all americans people they have to be careful, because someone is a successful busissemen or has many millions that doesn’t mean that person is qualify for president. Mr Romney’s joke about birth certicate is unacceptable, America is not a third World country this cannot be covered by”joke” : it was an attack don’t be kidding, this kind the leadership cannot produce or provide 12,000.000 jobs ,but he already fails and lies .this kind the level of leadership is good to manage a business as a business owner not the ” WHITE HOUSE. I, personnally I don’t care either democrate, republicain or Independent. I believe AMERICA needs qualify and competent leadership and I need one to vote for, may be any other american as well: don’t be fool it’s too much already this should be the last……. stop?. Listen,they are so many
    people out there , there are gifted from God; this kind of incompetent leaderships and politicians stopped them to sit at Havard University or Princeton, give America a chance
    the time is come for freedom and the Gate is broke nobody in this Earth can close it, and it is a Mysterious thing, it cannot be understood.

  • Justin Napolitano

    The Republicans don’t want abortion because they need more people to work on their plantations.

  • rustacus21

    Women will be the ‘X’ factor in this years election, as many of them are married to cads such as Todd Aiken, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, etc. & have been ‘commanded’ to vote ‘against’ reason, sanity & their family’s security for over a decade now. Americans only see the rabid, pathologically unhinged fanatics that populate T-party posters, forgetting that there are even-tempered, educated, knowledgeable – but ‘SILENT’ wives, sisters & daughters – who have learned not to incur the wrath of the family bully (who is also DEFINATELY a COWARD!!! bullying Women on such a regular basis). But these Women must understand what is at stake in this years election & hopefully, thanx to essays such as this (among others), they have the opportunity to rationalize that voting conservative this year, will re-create the same catastrophic conditions that sent the nation into a tailspin (& their men over the edge of sanity as a result!!!), courtesy of the same policies Romney & Ryan plan to imitate. So it is incumbent on all of us to encourage these besieged voters & encourage them that their secrets safe – & that they’re doing a noble & virtuous act by re-electing President Obama – & ensuring a more prosperous, secure & productive America…

  • Paul Sternberg

    There once was a time when boys and girls (I won’t call them men and women – men and women make adult, responsible choices generally) – knew that if they created a baby that they would bear full responsibility for that child. It often led to forced – or hastened marriages. It also forced some to work instead of going on to further schooling. A child that could not be cared for was put up for adoption. The child was seldom killed for the parents convenience or “mental health” or any other euphemism for irresponsibility. The parents might count on help from their extended family, but had no expectation that their neighbors would be forced to pay for their poor choices. You believe it is acceptable to kill a child for the convenience of the mother. The child made no bad choices to earn its horrific fate. You probably decry the cruelty of capital punishment and dog fighting and parents spanking their children. But ripping apart an unborn child is morally right in your eyes.

    You only see government as the source for help when in reality there is, and has been, an expensive network of private charitable groups that have cared for and continue to care for the poor and needy and mothers who need help. Those efforts have been early crushed by Federal government intrusion into private lives since the mid-60’s. They still form the backbone of the most effective efforts at poor assistance in this country. They pick up the pieces and fill in the gaps created by government “support”. Would we as a nation be more responsible ourselves and charitable towards others if the government had not assumed the role of subsidizing the costs of our mistakes? Conservatives don’t just want to end government programs – they want to free people to serve others in need. They can’t do it when taxes consume 30-40% of their gross income. What could – and would – we as a people do if our tax burden were only 10-20% but we knew that we needed to help those who truly needed help? We can’t do it now like we may want. Government can’t do it when it has to borrow the money – mortgage our children’s future – to do it now.

  • Whydoyouask2dogs

    Cynthia Tucker is a very rich woman and she certainly knows how to down play her wealth to the poor suckers who believe she writes anything.