The Republican Party is once again set to enshrine into its official platform support for "a human life amendment" to the Constitution that would outlaw abortion without making explicit exemptions for rape or incest, according to draft language of the platform obtained exclusively by CNN late Monday.It would be bad enough if Republicans merely wanted to overturn Roe v. Wade, stripping women of their reproductive rights and bringing back the era of back alley abortions, but they also want to force victims of rape or incest to deliver their attacker's child. They even want to force women whose live's are at risk to continue their pregnancies.
"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."
Despite the GOP's attempts to distance itself from what Todd Akin said about rape and pregnancy, this is exactly what Akin was arguing for. He might be apologizing for the way he offered his argument, but he has not changed his position—not one little bit.
But it's not just about Todd Akin. This is also Paul Ryan's position. For the past five years, it's been Mitt Romney's position too. And now, it is once again going to be the position of the Republican Party.
6:41 AM PT: And yes, Mitt Romney owns this process: