Polls show the majority of Republican voters support abortion rights for women who have been raped. However, the proportion of Republican House and Senate candidates who do not support this right is very large.
While publicity has gone to two or three Republican Senate candidates who have blurted this out, there are about 10 others. In House races, I’ve read there are “dozens”, but I don’t know the number. The point is, it is not an uncommon view among Republican candidates abortion should be withheld from victims of rape.
I remember an experience some 30 years ago at a legislative hearing Bismark, ND. I had never heard a person say, even in private, abortions should be withheld for rape or to save the life of the mother. That day I heard it stated for the public record.
Today the unthinkable view abortion should be withheld from rape victims is proclaimed from the mountaintops in the Republican Party.
If you are a pro-life person and believe human life begins at conception, but are appalled at the thought of abortion being withheld from rape victims, I’d suggest you do not pat yourself on the back. You are an enabler of those who want to withhold the rape abortions.
That the fetus, even at the one cell conception stage, is a human being tells the rape abortion withholder he is right. You have provided a reason for the rapist to get a pass and the woman to be further abused. http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/frame_game/2012/10/todd_akin_and_richard_mourdock_banning_abortion_for_rape_victims_is_the.html