With the takeover of the G.O.P by the religious right, Mourdock’s position on abortion, rape and incest is in line with the party platform — and echoed by top party leaders, including Paul Ryan.
By Adele M. Stan
October 25, 2012
With all of the excitement attending the recent comments of Richard Mourdock, the Indiana Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, that a pregnancy conceived in rape is “a gift from God,” much of the political class is shaking its collective head at the refusal of presidential candidate Mitt Romney to revoke his endorsement of Mourdock — or at least to pull his endorsement ad for the former state treasurer from the Hoosier state airwaves. What they’ve missed is the fact that, in the Republican Party of today, Mourdock’s position is the new normal.
Even Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan, held a no-exceptions abortion stance — at least until Romney, who would allow exceptions for rape and incest, elevated him to the national ticket. As reported by TPM:
“I’m very proud of my pro-life record,” Ryan told WJHL-TV in Virginia in an interview aired Thursday. “I’ve always adopted the idea, the position, that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.”
Nearly all of the Republican presidential primary candidates take the same position: that a rape-induced pregnancy is the will of the Creator — and they signed a pledge in Iowa that said as much. Of the 33 Republicans running for U.S. Senate this cycle, all but three are anti-abortion, and among them, at least nine oppose any exceptions in cases of pregnancy by rape and incest. (That the incest portion of this position has gotten little attention is even more troubling: Should an 11-year-old-girl really be required to bear her father a child?)
Against some stiff odds, the Republican Party is smelling winds of change that would render it control of the upper chamber this year, which would require a net gain of four seats. Romney doesn’t dare risk harming a single candidate — or his own chances of winning the votes of religious-righters — which he could if he withdrew his support from any of them.
The party’s cruel platform
If you still have any doubts, just look at the abortion plank in the Republican Party Platform, as reported by the Associated Press:
The party states that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
Note the lack of any exceptions.