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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Combustible Rep. Joe Walsh is under fire for his comment on Thursday night that an abortion is never medically necessary to protect a woman’s health.

“With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance” of a woman’s life being threatened by pregnancy, Walsh told reporters after a debate with his Democratic opponent Tammy Duckworth. “There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.”

This is flagrantly wrong — conditions like ectopic pregnancy (when the pregnancy occurs outside the uterus) undoubtedly threaten the health of the mother. Walsh’s poor grasp of science immediately calls to mind Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments; notably, Walsh was one of the few politicians to come to Akin’s defense after the controversy.

The Planned Parenthood Action Fund released a statement on Friday morning slamming Walsh:

Joe Walsh’s ignorance about women’s health is alarming. It is deeply troubling that he and some politicians have such a fundamental disregard for women and women’s health. As the advocate for Planned Parenthood health centers, we know that ending a pregnancy can often be a very complex, personal decision and that there are absolutely times that a woman’s life depends on it.

If Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are elected, these ignorant statements will be more than words — they would become law. Joe Walsh and the Tea Party Congress are ready to completely ban abortion, and Mitt Romney has said that he ‘would be delighted’ to sign an abortion ban into law. The Romney/Ryan ticket has promised that they would put women’s personal medical decisions in the hands of politicians like Joe Walsh and Todd Akin.

In addition to his extreme rhetoric on abortion, Walsh also admitted on Thursday that he plans to “end” Medicare.

After Duckworth warned that the House GOP budget would “end Medicare as we know it,” Walsh replied “If we don’t end it as it is, it’s going to end as we know it all by itself.”

While Republicans frequently stress the urgent need to reform Medicare, they normally don’t openly admit that they hope to mercy-kill it as Walsh did. The Tea Party favorite’s choice of words could raise some uncomfortable questions for Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, who largely wrote the budget in question.

Walsh’s controversial remarks are just two in a long string of erratic moments that have plagued his tenure in office. In the past two years Walsh has stiffed his wife on child support, repeatedly disparaged Duckworth’s military service, and given one of the most disastrous interviews of all time, among other embarrassments.

The most recent poll of the race, from Public Policy Polling, shows Duckworth leading Walsh by a 52 to 38 percent margin, with 10 percent undecided.

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  • AfricanAtlantian

    Well we can safely say, Walsh is Washed up.

  • A party which so resolutely disregards scientific inquiry and conclusions is bound to come up with some pretty stupid stuff. This Walsh guy seems to transcend even this reality and is clearly a nasty piece of work

  • nobsartist

    republiCONs –
    sold weapons to Iran
    sold weapons to Iraq
    sold nukes to israel
    gave the chinese a top secret spy plane
    lied us into 2 wars
    trampled the Constitution
    trampled the Geneva Convention
    made it legal to spy on Americans with no warrant
    created 9/11
    collapsed the economy
    and now, want to elect a president in business with the red chinese army

  • Hey, Joe, tell us some more how you are more patriotic than Tammy! We could use the laugh.

  • Joe Walsh is an embarassment to the country and so are the folks who voted for this poor excuse of man and elected him. He is unable to care for his own children…or at least does not wish too. The man is a cheap suit, a phony and fraud. He is even afraid of his political opponent.

    • He’s not a poor excuse just for a man, he’s a poor excuse for a human being. I think that even an amoeba has a better record of behaving like a decent human being than does this piece of trash.

  • old_blu

    Why in the hell would anybody vote for a deadbeat dad, let alone someone so stupid?

    • A question the voters of his district can now answer. Will they put this creep back into office or elect a real American hero and send the idiot packing? We will find out soon enough. I think he’s dead upon arrival come November…and not a moment too soon.

  • The man is a tooney loon….a dangerous one at that.

  • ORAXX

    Walsh, like many conservatives, will never let mere facts interfer with their beliefs.

  • jcbsdriver

    Now we see that this deadbeat father is also as ignorant as Akin when it comes to women’s bodies and their health.
    How can rational people, in this day and age, keep spewing this uniformed and neanderthal thinking?

  • Patrick Richardson

    Joe’s knowledge of world history is amazing. For beginners he says there were no dinosaurs,the world is 7000 years old,evolution is bunk and science is the devil tool. Next his views about women are from the Dark ages. What surprises me most is that he is on the House Science and Technology committee. I’d like to thank the voters who put this genius in office and subjected the rest of us to his bizarre ranting and raving.

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