Monday, August 20, 2012

NEWS BLOG: Note the context of the Todd Akin 'rape' remark

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 3:18 PM

Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" comment is getting flack not only from many women and from abortion-rights supporters but even from Republicans - some of whom are calling on Akin to pull out of his Senate race against Claire McCaskill.

Akin's also getting a lot of press. Here's Michelle Goldberg's good piece on The Daily Beast, providing more details about the far-right roots of his comments.

Goldberg notes, importantly, that however crazily Akin put things, we shouldn't lose sight of the context of his remarks: his opposition to abortion even in the case of rape.

And, Goldberg notes, Akin isn't alone. Numerous Republicans want to deny women the right to an abortion even if they've been raped. Among them: the Republicans' vice presidential hopeful, Paul Ryan.

Mitt Romney has distanced himself from Akin's statement, insisting that his administration would exclude rape victims from an anti-abortion measure. That's small comfort. If he's elected, Ryan will be second in line for the presidency.

And just as serious, I have no idea where Mitt Romney stands on much of anything, and what he'll do if he becomes president. Given his response to conservative pressure so far, I can't imagine he would push back at them from the White House.

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