It appears that the draft language regarding abortion in the Republican Party platform was written by Representative Todd Akin of Missouri. The GOP platform language would call for a constitutional ban on abortion and would have o exclusions for rape or incest.
The GOP draft platform reads “Faithful to the ‘self-evident’ truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. . .We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment’s protections apply to unborn children.”
In other words, the GOP plans on pushing a Personhood Amendment even though not a single state has been able to get more than a third of their voters to support one- and one was voted down in Mississippi, the most Conservative and anti-woman state in the Union.
While Mitt Romney’s campaign was swift to condemn Akin’s recent statements attacking women’s and religion’s rights, it is unclear how he will handle having a Party platform which supports what he is on record as opposing. Andrea Saul, a Romney spokeswoman, stated about Akin’s comments that “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”
Romney even stated “Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong. Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”
Now Romney has to defend a platform that he, himself, has called insulting, inexcusable, wrong and offensive. The question is, will he.
What makes matters worse, of course, is that making abortion illegal does nothing to stop abortions. Instead, abortion seekers are driven underground where they get risky abortions that often put their lives at risk, and the secondary problem is that many doctors will not even perform abortions in the case of a mother’s life being in danger and maternal mortality rates tend to go up.