Republicans: “Abortion? Because of rape? That’s a lotta hooey.”

Posted on August 27, 2012

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Occasionally, I’m accused by some commenters of “skewing things against Republicans,” or that I’m a “shill for Obama.”

So, today, to underscore how wrong those assessments are, and to hopefully drive home the point that my “attacks” against Republicans are neither unwarranted nor untrue, I’m simply going to post some verbatim quotes by Republicans and let you judge for yourself whether or not they should be crucified (at least figuratively) for their words and deeds.

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said that he supports abortion in cases of rape, incest or the health of the mother. But Romney also supports a Constitutional amendment that would ban all abortions  – regardless of circumstances – and Romney called the total defunding and elimination of Planned Parenthood and the illegalization of abortion to “a smart, strong step in the right direction.”
  • Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan: “The method of conception doesn’t undermine the meaning of life. Rape is just another form of conception.”  (Ryan also co-sponsored the bill with Todd “legitimate rape” Akin that sought to redefine rape and make a stipulation of requiring “proof of forcible rape” in order for women to receive medical treatment or abortions after being raped.)
  • Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell: “Pregnancy from rape just doesn’t happen all that often. So this is just one more example of liberals trying to create a crisis where there isn’t one.”
  • Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor said “I believe about abortion what my party believes about abortion. All this upset about abortions is an example of liberals pitting Americans against Americans.”
  • Pennsylvania Republican Tom Smith: “Becoming pregnant as the result of being raped is no different than having a baby out of wedlock.”
  • Missouri Republican Todd Akin: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.”  Akin also believes that rape is an act of god. “”If God has chosen to bless this person with a life, no matter how that life was created, you don’t kill it. To do so is an affront to Almighty God.”
  • Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner: “All this time being wasted on talk of abortion and rape. It’s just another attempt by the liberal left to create a distraction by claiming Republicans said things they never said.”  Boehner also said that the total ban on federal funding for abortion, regardless of circumstances, is “one of the Republican Party’s highest priorities.”
  • Republican Illinois Senate candidate Arthur Jones: “The Holocaust never happened. As far as I’m concerned, this ‘Holocaust’ nonsense is nothing more than an international extortion racket by the Jews. It’s the blackest lie in history. And Nazis never raped any Jews. Millions of dollars are being made by Jews telling this fake tale of woe and misfortune in books, movies, plays and TV. And the more survivors the left creates, the more lies are told.”
  • Republican Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell: “The issue of a rape exception to abortion is nothing more than a detail to be left up to states and Congress.”
  • Republican former Governor Mike Huckabee: “I would absolutely support a constitutional amendment to establish life as beginning at conception. Anyone who thinks otherwise is just plain wrong and will be judged by God for their ignorance.”
  • Alabama Republicans are pushing a bill that would legally prevent any couple to be allowed to get divorced unless they have a state-issues affadavit that they received pre-marital counseling from a religious leader or a marriage counselor prior to getting married.
  • Georgia Republicans are pushing a bill that would change the legal term for victims of rape and/or domestic violence to “accuser.” But victims of other less-horrific crimes, like burglary, would remain “victims.”
  • Maryland’s Republican-controlled Frederick County Board of County Commissioners gutted all county funding to children’s pre-school Head Start program, saying that women should really be married and home with their children where they belong, and on that premise determined that the program is unnecessary.

And for the cherry (pardon the pun) on top, here’s a little graphic that shows just where the focus on abortion is coming from:

Enacted Abortion Restrictions by Year

So, there you have it, folks:  13 factual instances proving that “there’s no such thing as a Republican war on women.”

Except … there is.

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