Because Republicans are totally not obsessed with abortion in any way so shut up and also Obama sucks so there, today RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer gave an interview to CNN's Soledad O'Brien to explain just how not obsessed with abortion his party is and how the party's platform, as well as the Romney-Ryan position, is not completely insane at all.
SPICER: Well, let's start at the top. The Republican Party is a pro-life party. Our platform is just a simple set of principles which say that the problem with the ad that you played is the Democrats are trying to take a simple set of principles, which is the Republican Party's pro-life. There is no additional language, so to talk about exceptions or whatever is not found in the platform.Yes. It's very specific. It makes clear that the Republican Party has officially endorsed the Republican Party's already well-established desire to amend the Constitution to outlaw all abortions in all circumstances because the Constitution is a perfect document that should never be changed in any way unless it's to outlaw gays and sluts. Or something. But let's continue:
We also have a principle that says we are for a balanced budget amendment. We don't get into details about whether we support cuts here or there.
O'BRIEN: That platform is more specific than you're making it sound. I will read it to you.
SPICER: No, it is not.
O'BRIEN: It is, though, really. Here is what says, the second part of it says "We support a human life amendment to the constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the 14th amendment's protections apply to unborn children." That is far more specific. There is no exceptions written there, but clearly if you look at what has been proposed, I think it is HR-212 proposed on January 7th of 2011, it is very specific, the "bill to provide that human life shall be deemed to begin with fertilization." That's specific, isn't it?
SPICER: What Mitt Romney believes is that there should be an exception for rape, incest, and the life of the mother. Paul Ryan has said that he believes slightly that he is more or does not necessarily believe in all of those exceptions, but as the number two he is signing onto the number one's ticket.Sorry, Sean, but we're going to have to rate that four Pinocchios on fire or whatever the fact-checking term of art is for "Holy shit, this guy is lying through his teeth!" Mitt Romney doesn't believe anything because he has no principles whatsoever and has taken every single position on the reproductive rights spectrum there is, from promising to always support Roe v. Wade to investing in a company that disposes of aborted fetuses to including abortion coverage in Romneycare to supporting, yes, a constitutional amendment to ban all abortions.
But I digress.
But within the party, even within that platform that adopted that there was a wide variety of whether or not what sort of that principle meant in terms of the exception. We're not -- it further goes on in the platform to talk about the fact each state shall adopt that leave those policies up to the states to adopt because again we are a states' right party.Funny—for a "state's right party" Republicans sure seem eager to make federal laws, or even amend the Constitution, to ensure that no woman in any state can ever have an abortion. That's a pretty funny definition of "states' rights."
The only honest thing to come out of the interview, and probably by accident, was this:
There is no additional language, so to talk about exceptions or whatever is not found in the platform.Right. The platform does not include any language about exceptions because there are none. The party wants a total and complete ban on all abortions under any circumstances, even if it means the mother has to die. That's the Todd Akin position, the Paul Ryan position, and the party's official position. Republicans can try to distance themselves from their own extremism all they want, but the truth is there for all to see, right in the party's platform.