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What Will They Say Today?

October 25, 2012

First, Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Last week, Representative Joe Walsh said that abortion is unnecessary because the life of a mother is never at risk. On Monday, Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said pregnancy as a result of rape is “something that God intended to happen.”

Closer to home, Representative Nan Hayworth lied during her LoHud debate about defunding Planned Parenthood, which she in fact voted to do.

And now! In our very own 16th congressional district, we get another gem. Congressional candidate Joseph McLaughlin said in his LoHud debate that medical advances have made it unnecessary to ever perform an abortion to protect a woman’s health.

“I don’t think that there’s ever been a case of that in the last 50 years,” he said.

This kind of willful ignorance is astounding. It’s simply not true. Here’s one story. Here’s another. It’s a nice idea to think that we live in a world so medically advanced that pregnancy never threatens the life of a woman – but we do not live there. These statements show how incredibly out of touch these politicians are with the world that you and I live in.

I’m tired of arguing about exceptions and semantics: It’s important that abortion remain a safe and legal procedure for women to consider, if and when she needs it. Without exception.

The bottom line is what McLaughlin’s opponent, Planned Parenthood Action Fund-endorsed Eliot Engel said:

“I think the government has no right to interfere with a very personal decision that a woman has to make between herself, her God, her family, her Doctor, I don’t think government should intrude.”

Thank you, Rep. Engel.  I couldn’t agree more.

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The LoHud debate can be found here (The question about abortion begins around 35:25).
Below is an incomplete transcript (emphasis added).

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McLaughlin: “I believe a woman has a right to choose all the way up to the point where there’s conception; then there’s another person involved. It’s no longer her choice, she has to give the person, her child, the right to life. I believe we can have a discussion about when people think life begins, I think it begins at conception, my opponent believes in infanticide, partial birth abortion, which is infanticide. Even people that are pro-choice are closer to me as far as—“

Moderator: “I’m trying to hear your position. Any exceptions?…”

McLaughlin: “If you can name in the last 50 years a woman’s health being at risk that she had to abort a baby because her health was at risk, I think that would be up to the parents of that time, but I don’t think there’s ever been a case of that in the last 50 years. So, as I said, You have your rights, the woman has her rights, and that child has the right to come into this world.”

Engel: “I support a woman’s right to choose, unequivocally. I think the government has no right to interfere with a very personal decision that a woman has to make between herself, her God, her family, her Doctor, I don’t think government should intrude. It always makes me chuckle, people who want limited government want people to intrude into people’s bedrooms…and also tell a woman that the very personal choice that she has to make is being intruded upon by the government. Everyone has the right to make that personal choice to make for herself. If someone doesn’t believe in abortion, than that’s their choice to make…”

…(Green party candidate)

McLaughlin:It’s not an economic thing or a political thing, it’s a life. No one here can deny that life begins at conception; I have not heard that, they’re just saying ‘Ok, I’m ok with a baby being murdered…’ It’s not the government intruding – a life has rights, a right to life.”

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