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"Shake it, shake it Mittney!"
So, it didn't take long for Team Etch-a-Sketch to start erasing history. Despite saying a few months ago that he supported an amendment stating that life begins at conception - thereby making ALL abortions illegal, now that he has the nomination, (most likely), he's claiming that his position is that there should be exceptions for rape, incest, and protecting the life of the mother.

Meanwhile, his running mate is running alright. Paul Ryan is running as fast as he can from his record in the House of Representatives where he never saw an abortion restriction he didn't like. He has a perfect 100% voting record on the so-called "Right to Life" scorecard. And despite his claims today that "rape is rape", that hasn't been his tune for very long. He was the co-sponsor of eight different anti-abortion bills with Todd Akin, including at least one which sought to distinguish between "forcible rape" and other, presumably less rape-like, forms of rape.

And as with all things Republican, reality is still not what it appears to be. Despite the putative head of the party declaring his semi-moderated position on abortion, his party platform has not. They assert that life begins at conception and that abortion should be illegal in ALL circumstances - NO EXCEPTIONS! Think about that for a moment ...

The GOP Uterine Utopia - where EVERY pregnancy is a potential death sentence

This is the country in which the GOP base wish to live, one in which every single woman who becomes pregnant does so at the risk of being sentenced to die.  This is no exaggeration. One of the ongoing uncertainties of life is that you never know when a routine pregnancy will become a threat to the mother's life. When a fertilized egg has a greater "right to life" than the mother who is hosting it, something has gone horribly wrong with society's values and belief system. Sure, we've all heard inspiring stories of women who chose to continue their pregnancies in the knowledge that it would likely kill them. These women are called heroines who showed the courage of their convictions. In the brave new world of the modern GOP, any other course of action would be illegal.  Heroism would become compulsory.

Those pushing this are fooling themselves as well.  The second their own daughter found herself facing this situation, it's a safe bet that they will be the first to find a way to get her an abortion. And like everything else in this world, the wealthy will always have access to safe medical abortions. Not so for the poor and middle class.

And for those who believe that today's statements signify that Romney will be semi-moderate on abortion, remember, the Etch-a-Sketch giveth, and the Etch-a-Sketch taketh away. Do you really believe a President Romney would veto anti-abortion legislation that conflicted with his, (current), stated position? Really? Wanna buy a bridge?

Is this a GOP War on Women?  I'd say it is more like attempted genocide.

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  •  Tip Jar (7+ / 0-)

    Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

    by kbman on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 02:55:12 PM PDT

  •  And don't forget the added fun of gutting (4+ / 0-)

    access to medical care. If that happened, combined with the ban on abortions even to protect the life of the mother the death rate from pregnancies would probably sky-rocket to third world levels. Hooray! We'll be just like Somalia! :P

    Romney's religion is only an issue because he's a high priest in the Church of Mammon.

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:03:14 PM PDT

  •  Thank you for opening my eyes wider (3+ / 0-)
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    howabout, LilithGardener, kbman

    I used to think the anti-choice people believed that right to life ended at birth, what with their support for the death penalty and all those wars and their opposition to social programs, but yes, you're right. If every pregnancy is a death sentence, as you say, there's no such thing as a right to life for these people.

    -7.75, -8.10; All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 03:23:00 PM PDT

  •  I'm not certain but in the response (1+ / 0-)
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    to the Akin rape statements something important seems to have slipped out the back.

    Rape already carries the potential of a death sentence, even if the woman doesn't become pregnant.

    So for the Theopublican Party*, not only could she die at the hands of the rapist, but if she survives attempted murder, she could also die of AIDS (if she has no insurance society will never know that she was infected, that she was untreated, of if she couldn't afford care, that rape was a slow death sentence)...  but if she survives...

    double jeopardy isn't enough for the sin of being born female...  she could also die of pregnancy.

    If she doesn't like their game of triple jeopardy, she can just kill herself.

    Who are these people, who have INFILTRATED our government?

    •  *Theopublican party - what remains of the (1+ / 0-)
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      former Republican party now that creationists and other evidence-free theocratic members and their elected representatives are almost finished asserting control.

      •  Yes, where the hatemongers and authoritarian (1+ / 0-)
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        control freaks are seen as exemplars of morality and virtue, and where those of us who love life's natural pleasures are condemned as sinful and worse. There is indeed something horribly wrong with their values and beliefs. Aggression, pain and suffering are to be applauded, pleasure is to be condemned and punished at all costs.

        Free: The Authoritarians - all about those who follow strong leaders.

        by kbman on Wed Aug 22, 2012 at 05:06:05 PM PDT

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