Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Is the Republican Party Going All-In On the War On Women?

That is quite the life conundrum you face there, little girl.

This seems to me to be the definition of poor timing by the Republican Party, from the NYTimes:
Even as the Republican establishment continued to call for Representative Todd Akin of Missouri to drop out of his Senate race because of his comments on rape and abortion, Republicans approved platform language on Tuesday calling for a constitutional amendment outlawing abortion with no explicit exceptions for cases of rape or incest.
The anti-abortion plank, approved by the Republican platform committee Tuesday morning in Tampa, Fla., was similar to the planks Republicans have included in their recent party platforms, which also called for a constitutional ban on abortions. The full convention is set to vote on the party’s platform on Monday.
While Republican officials stressed that the plank did not go into granular details, saying that they were better left to the states, the language of the plank seems to leave little room for exceptions to the abortion ban. It states that “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
Wow. So, ladies, if you get raped and get pregnant, I guess you'll just have to carry that sucker to term.

I mean, no one should really be surprised, but considering the whole Todd Akin kerfuffle, this is just really tone-deaf by the Republican Party.

One of many problems Republicans have about these issues is that Todd Akin is almost definitely just explaining the true view of the GOP - i.e. that there's rape-rape and then there's not-really-rape-rape (often caused by wearing slutty clothing, drinking too much, taking party drugs, etc. - amiright, Republicans?). In fact, many Republicans (including Romney's VP pick, Paul Ryan) have been trying for a while now to get this idea of "forcible rape" (i.e. real rape-rape) codified into law, mainly (and rather transparently) as way of further limiting women's reproductive freedom.

I just continue to wonder WHY any women continue to vote for the Republican Party - though it's not just Republican-leaning women that baffle me. After all, the Republican Party has shown that it hates (OK, "hate" is rather hyperbolic - more accurately, "is hostile to the collective interests of") teh womenz, teh poorz, the middle classez, teh gayz, teh blackz, and teh non-Christianz.

So tell me, any readers out there who are anything other than rich, white, male Christians - why do you vote Republican? It just doesn't make any sense to me.

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