I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, diving headfirst into controversy with the above remarks on abortion, just weeks shy of Election Day. Mourdock was asked to explain his views on abortion by a questioner during his final debate against Rep.Joe Donnelly, and Libertarian candidate Andrew Horning. All three of them oppose abortion rights, but neither Donnelly or Horning went quite so far — Mourdock’s policy position on this issue, setting aside his highly incendiary language, is in step with the GOP’s party platform, though not with the Romney campaign’s recent claim of support for rape and incest exceptions. source
Through Obamacare, the current Administration has promoted the notion of abortion as healthcare. We, however, affirm the dignity of women by protecting the sanctity of human life. Numerous studies have shown that abortion endangers the health and well-being of women, and we stand firmly against it.The 2012 GOP platform • Laying out the party’s official position on abortion rights, which RNC chairman Reince Priebus sought to distance from the Romney campaign last week. As had been reported in the days leading up to the platform’s release, it includes no exceptions for victims of rape or incest, but this was the first glimpse of specific language – claiming a protection of the “dignity of women,” and referencing health risks from abortion, albeit in an entirely non-specific manner (to be sure, any medical procedure has some degree of risk involved, but scientifically unfounded claims about abortion and breast cancer have been common for years). source (via • follow)
He advised me that it would be good for me to step down. I told him that I was going to be looking at this very seriously, trying to weigh all the different points on this.Rep. Todd Akin • Discussing the phone call the embattled Missouri Senate candidate took from Paul Ryan recently, urging him to quit the race after Akin made controversial remarks on abortion. Despite reports that he would quit, Akin chose to stay in the race, ignoring a deadline to drop out. However, Akin, who will not go to Tampa for the convention, said he will not apologize for the fact he’s pro-life.
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» The party is to the right of their top dog on this one – though Mitt Romney’s political positions on abortion have been rather fluid over the long haul of his political career, the campaign’s most recent statement is that his administration would not oppose abortion, in cases in which the woman is pregnant due to an act of rape or incest. The platform committee is helmed by Governor Bob McDonnell, former VP hopeful and Romney surrogate, and is tasked with adopting the party’s official policy positions, in advance of the GOP convention in Tampa.
Dr. Willke is a leading voice within the pro-life community and will be an important surrogate for Governor Romney’s pro-life and pro-family agenda.A statement from the 2008 Mitt Romney presidential campaign • Lauding the endorsement of Mitt Romney by Dr. Jack Willke, the former president of the U.S. National Right to Life Committee, and a vocal advocate of a certain theory about rape and pregnancy that got Rep. Todd Akin in hot water this week. Subsequent to Akin’s big fail on reproductive biology, the Romney campaign of 2012 has gone to great pains distancing itself from the Missouri congressman – Romney himself turned up the heat in the days following the remarks, condemning Akin and urging him to withdraw from his Senate race. As the quote above illustrates, however, the Romney campaign was undeniably pleased to receive the endorsement of Dr. Willkes four years ago, who pioneered his belief that rape victims rarely become pregnant in a book all the way back in 1971. source (via • follow)
The reason I got involved in public service, by and large, if I had to credit one thinker, one person, it would be Ayn Rand. And the fight we are in here, make no mistake about it, is a fight of individualism versus collectivism.Rep. Paul Ryan • Speaking to The Atlas Society back in 2005 about Ayn Rand, the late novelist and philosopher. It’s important to remember that promoting Rand’s Objectivist philosophy is the primary mission of The Atlas Society, and politicians are occasionally known to tell a crowd what they want to hear. In Ryan’s case, though, his fondness for at least some of Rand’s views (she was an adamant atheist, as well as agressively and unapologetically pro-choice) is no secret — back in 2003 he told Reason magaine that he tried to get his staffers to read her work, and handed out copies of her laissez-faire free-market novel Atlas Shrugged as Christmas presents. In recent years, though, perhaps sensing the reputational trouble her views posed for him when taken in total, he’s qualified himself, distancing from her stridently anti-faith stance. Whatever you may think of her philosophical outlook, politically speaking, her views are intensely heterogeneous. In a political reality driven by polarization and fealty to party platform, that’s a quite dangerous thing. source (via • follow)