The ‘new normal’ for GOP: No abortion, no exceptions, not ever

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In last week’s Republican debate, Sen. Marco Rubio made it a point to stress his opposition to legal abortion in all instances, including in cases of rape, incest and even when the life of the mother is at stake. It was what the conservative audience wanted to hear, and Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin took that absolutist position as well.

“It’s a false choice,” Walker explained later about the life-of-the-mother exception. “I’ve said for years, medically there’s always a better choice than choosing between the life of an unborn baby and the life of the mother. Medically that’s just a non-issue.”

That comes as startling news to thousands of obstetricians and gynecologists around the country, who are forced to deal regularly with issues such as ectopic pregnancies, pre-eclampsia and other medical conditions in which a pregnancy carried to full term poses a serious threat to the woman’s life. Pregnancy can also seriously aggravate pre-existing health problems to the point that they too threaten a woman’s life. Physicians see such cases every day.

But based on the assertion by Walker — a man who lacks a medical degree, or indeed a college degree of any kind — medical textbooks around the world will now have to be rewritten. If he has been saying for years that it’s a non-issue medically, then a non-issue it must be.

Rubio is similarly dismissive. “I don’t say it’s easy,” he acknowledged later. “But when asked to make a decision between two very hard circumstances, I personally reached the decision, if I’m going to err, I’m going to err on the side of life.”

Note how the Florida Republican frames the issue: “When asked to make a decision between two very hard circumstances …. ” But who asked him or empowered him to make that decision? He and his wife, if confronted with a life-threatening pregnancy, would certainly have the right to make that deeply personal decision for themselves. But only for themselves.

The idea that politicians such as Rubio and Walker should be granted the authority to tells tens of thousands of other couples how they must proceed in such circumstances, without knowing anything about their individual medical situation, family life or religious belief, is horrendous. If they get their way, for example, a 45-year-old mother of four would be forced by law to carry a dangerous pregnancy to term, even if it meant leaving her surviving children without a mother.

I’m sorry: I find that difficult to wrap my head around.

And again, let’s not overlook the fact that in the world that Rubio, Walker, Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz and others want to create, abortion would be outlawed in cases of rape and incest as well. A 14-year-old girl impregnated by her father, brother or uncle would have no legal choice but to carry that pregnancy to term, because men who don’t even know her name have decided that she must do so. In addition, pregnancies in which the embryo or fetus are known to be fatally compromised — for instance, those in which no skull or brain had formed — would have to be carried to term, regardless of the wishes of the woman or the ultimate fate of the fetus.

Not too many years ago, such a position would have been viewed as radical even within the Republican Party. Today it is part of the GOP platform, recited by almost every major GOP presidential candidate as evidence of being within the conservative mainstream. The increasingly lonely “moderate” position is represented largely by Jeb Bush, who would still grudgingly allow abortion in cases of rape and incest and to protect the life of the mother, but who showed no compunction about enlisting the full power of government to impose his own personal “pro-life” belief system on the tragic Terri Schiavo and her family.

This is the party preaching freedom, liberty and small, inobtrusive government. This is the party that asks to be given control of every branch of the federal government.

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juvenal
juvenal

Rubio's stand is from the Catachism..........it is no surprise hilaryous is offended by actual practicing Catholics... 

fedup52
fedup52

Even astronauts have to eat their vegetables. For the first time, produce grown in space was harvested by NASA astronauts for an out-of-this-world salad.

"Bon appetit!" said astronaut Scott Kelly before sticking a piece of the "Outredgeous" red romaine lettuce in his mouth on Monday. "It tastes good. It tastes kind of like arugula."

++++

The first farmers in space.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

I could not sign in on this blog with Chrome or Firefox but signed in with no problem

with Edge.

On  Jim Galloway's blog I signed in easily with all three. Go figure.

Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@barkingfrog And yet, the past couple of days, I'm finally on here with Firefox instead of the ridiculously slow IE.

The AJC's software is pretty weird.

Hedley_Lammar
Hedley_Lammar

If a pregnant US citizen woman wants to travel outside of the country for an abortion, will you make that a criminal offense? 

When Abortion was illegal that is exactly what wealthy folks did.


Go to Canada to have the procedure done. So banning abortion wont really affect them. 

breckenridge
breckenridge

“I think the next president ought to invoke the Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution now that we clearly know that that baby inside the mother’s womb is a person at the moment of conception.” Mike Huckabee, R-Arkansas, during the debate last week.


That is nothing but religious mumbo jumbo.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@breckenridge 

It does make one wonder what new information "we clearly know" that he feels bolsters his argument.

THEFEEBLELIBERAL
THEFEEBLELIBERAL

the vast majority of americans are like me


both


pro-choice


and


ant-abortion




honested
honested

@THEFEEBLELIBERAL 

Then there are those of us who are Pro Choice and not anti-abortion.

The LAW only recognizes the latter.

THEFEEBLELIBERAL
THEFEEBLELIBERAL

@fedup52


LOL


"And controversy stirred for her in June when the IRS revealed Gilbert owes over $360,000 in taxes."

KUTGF
KUTGF

If a fetus is a child, when does it obtain US Citizenship?  At time of conception? 

fedup52
fedup52

@KUTGF Does the fetus get SS# and a passport too?  LOL

td1234
td1234

@KUTGF Since states charge women with neglect when they give birth to FAS children and that condition normally takes place during the first few months of a pregnancy then the law answers your question. 

td1234
td1234

@Nick_Danger Nope but you will be charged with double homicide if you kill a pregnant woman. 


When an uninsured woman gets pregnant then she is entitled to Medicaid to take care of the unborn child. 

KUTGF
KUTGF

Another question our RW extremists will not answer:


If a pregnant US citizen woman wants to travel outside of the country for an abortion, will you make that a criminal offense?  Will you prevent her travel?  Arrest her on her return if she is no longer pregnant and does not have a newborn? 


If not why not?  And please, no lame excuse of "we can't control other countries"...  we would not be, it would be controlling a US Citizen. 

Eustis
Eustis

Why does anyone even respond to td's comments? You'd have better luck talking to a rock.

Nick_Danger
Nick_Danger

@Eustis 

On this subject, that is all too true.  On other subjects, less true.

kitty72
kitty72

@Eustis 


Well, it is one way to blow off some steam. :)  He just makes it too easy to ridicule him.

Doggone_GA
Doggone_GA

@Eustis To see how many times he'll ask for answers to questions that have been answered numerous times already?

Kamchak
Kamchak

@td1234 

Since my money goes to pay for the actions of others then the government has made it my business.

Oh, dear.

This crap again?

When you pay your taxes, the money is no longer yours. 

Just remindin'.

kitty72
kitty72

@Kamchak @td1234 


So I pay more taxes than td can I  butt into his business more than he can butt into mine. <evil grin> I sure could make his life miserable. :)

td1234
td1234

@kitty72 Do not worry I am pretty sure that situation will never happen. LOL

TBS
TBS

1.5 Abortion

Recognizing that abortion is a sensitive issue and that people can hold good-faith views on all sides, we believe that government should be kept out of the matter, leaving the question to each person for their conscientious consideration.


http://www.lp.org/platform

TBS
TBS

Not sure who it was but someone stated a day or so ago where a "true libertarian" would side on abortion.

Guess the Libertarian Party is not made up of true libertarians. 


Captain-Obvious
Captain-Obvious

@TBS Most people have no clue what libertarians believe on many issues.

We're too complex and deep-thinking for the majority of Americans. :)

Eustis
Eustis

With all the interracial turmoil, I'm surprised some GOPer hasn't suggested a return to segregation ala Rubio wanting to ban abortion in all situations.