Paul Ryan: A GENERAL in the GOP War on Women

Updated with video Cynthia Tucker lays it out on Ryan-Akin

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17 Responses to Paul Ryan: A GENERAL in the GOP War on Women

  1. rikyrah says:

    Akin Now = Ryan
    After the “legitimate rape” comment, Akin loses the propagandist-in-chief:

    This is not about a sudden conversion of Sean Hannity into a pro-choicer. It’s about the impact of that kind of comment in the culture wars in which the Democrats finally have an advantage, as I wrote last February. The politics of contraception and abortion now work against Republicans as much as for them. Nate Cohn also points out that “undecided voters are disproportionately women, and there’s no question that an overwhelming majority of voters, let alone women, support permitting abortion in instances of rape or incest”:

    Romney has been saddled with another cultural controversy that risks highlighting issues that the Obama camp thinks could yield gains among socially moderate voters critical to his chances in Colorado and Virginia. The Obama campaign was already spending millions trying to elevate this question in swing states, and the last thing Boston needs is incendiary remarks adding fuel to the fire.

    Conservatives of all stripes are urging Akin to drop out. Allahpundit’s contribution:

    If the game’s on the line in the late innings and your pitcher’s getting shelled, why not go to the pen while you can? Even the Tea Party Express, imagining another Angle/O’Donnell nightmare scenario in November, is unsparing.

    Calling for Akin to step aside, The National Review editors write:

    [T]his issue offers Democrats a political opportunity, however, it is only a theoretical one: No state is going to ban abortion in the case of rape even if Roe v. Wade is overruled — and even if Akin were elected to the Senate. Everyone knows this.

    No they don’t. Weigel notes:

    In Louisiana, a “trigger law” signed by the state’s last Democratic governor would ban all abortions in the state if Roe v. Wade was overruled. In North Dakota, a “personhood” law gives human rights to “any organism with the genome of homo sapiens.” In Virginia this year, a new “personhood” bill sailed through the Republican House of Delegates — it got gummed up in the Senate, but that took some doing.

    More to the point, 173 co-sponsors, including Paul Ryan, have proposed a bill that would precisely draw a distinction between “rape” and “forcible rape” (a term, by the way, that Akin now says he meant), as Frum pointed out earlier:

    Akin’s view of abortion—no exception for rape, incest, and life of the mother—is not his belief alone. It is also the view of Rick Santorum, the second-place finisher in the 2012 Republican nomination contest. On the eve of the Iowa caucuses, it became the position of Texas Gov. Rick Perry. It is the stance of Ken Connor, former president of the Family Research Council. Plainly, it is the position of a significant faction within the pro-life movement.

    And indeed, it is the view of Paul Ryan. He opposes abortion even in rape cases because he has bought the entire – and radically new – theocon doctrine that a cluster of cells requires all the constitutional protections of a fully adult human being. That is as radical a position as requiring people in a vegetative state to be kept alive for decades on feeding tubes. It is not so much pro-life as neurotically opposed to death. Which is an odd thing for Christians of all people to fear.

  2. Ametia says:

    Todd Akin’s comment brings ‘war on women’ back to prominence – By Eugene Robinson

    At least until Election Day, Republicans were supposed to pretend that their party’s alleged “war on women” was nothing but a paranoid fantasy stoked by desperate Democrats. Obviously, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) didn’t get the memo.

    Akin, campaigning to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in November, was trying to explain his stance against abortion Sunday when he committed what cannot be dismissed as a mere gaffe. It was an abomination that could only stem from benighted ignorance — and it brings the whole “war on women” thing back into scary focus.

    If you think I’m exaggerating, let me quote Akin in full. He was explaining why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape — and how pregnancy as a result of rape, in any event, isn’t something that should overly concern us:

    “It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”


  3. Ametia says:

    BWA HA HA HA Akins went AWOL on Piers Morgan tonight

  4. rikyrah says:

    Rachel Maddow is opening her show with the Akin thing, but, of course, Maddow has been talking about the GOP dismissing the exceptions for rape and incest for quite awhile.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 08/20/2012
    How bad is the Ryan-Akin anti-abortion bill?

    By Greg Sargent

    The national battle over Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate rape” has shed light on a “personhood” bill, co-sponsored by Akin and Paul Ryan, called the Sanctity of Life Act. Much of the chatter today has focused on whether Ryan opposes abortion in cases of rape. The Romney campaign confirmed today that Ryan does personally oppose it, while clarifying that a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose it.

    But what about the other legal implications of the bill Ryan and Akin co-sponsored? In an interview just now, Dem Rep. Louise Slaughter, one of the leading pro-choice voices in Congress, raised two startling possibilities.

    “One of the questions around this legislation is, Could a rapist who impregnated a victim sue that victim if she decided not to carry that baby and to have an abortion?” Slaughter said. “Another question: Could in vitro fertilization be outlawed?”

  6. Ametia says:

    I added the video, rikyrah. THERE IS NO ESCAPING Paul Ryan’s anything plans, Mitt Romney. You picked him you OWN IT.

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