Back in the 1970′s, there were arguments made about abortion and female reproduction that show that the Republicans are pretty much of the opinion that women are little more than the carriers of a man’s seed. No matter what you may think of Mary Daly given her transphobic stances, she made the point that there many men, especially on the Right of social issues, have a fetish about pregnancy and fetuses. In one case that she talks about, the argument was made comparing women to a space capsule and the baby is an astronaut.
The issue of abortion is not actually about the life of a child or the life of a fetus. It is about male dominance over women. It is men saying to women that ‘you are not smart enough or rational enough to make a decision about your body on your own.’
I am pro-life, but I am also pro-choice. If I could ever be in the situation where it was necessary for me to have an abortion, then I would not have one even if such a child was the product of a rape; however, I would also not deny others that right to choose.
The Republican National Coalition for Life only endorses candidates who they feel are “unconditionally pro-life” and who “recognize the inherent right to life of every innocent human being, from conception until natural death, without discrimination.”
Of course, natural death apparently includes starving to death, dying of preventable diseases thanks to lack of medical coverage, and the right to an unnatural death at the hands of a firearm. Simply put, they only care about a fetus so long as it is in the womb and not outside the womb.
So far, they have endorsed Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, George Allen, Rick Berg, Ted Cruz, Deb Fischer, Dean Heller, Pete Hoekstra, Josh Mandel and Denny Rehberg. Five other candidates hold the position that there should be no exception for rape or incest in abortion laws, which all but two of the above hold as well. Those are Michael Baumgartner, Wendy Long, John Raese, Tom Smith and John MacGovern. The last is the Vermont candidate running against Bernie Sanders.
These roughly dozen Republicans do not understand what it is like to be raped, or worse, raped over and over again. They are putting the life of a bundle of cells over the well being of the woman- or sometimes the child. They put the life of the bundle of cells over the well being of a child whose mother may not be emotionally able to care for them. They throw out the care that a pregnant woman needs in order to get a child to term. They want to obliterate the support a woman gets in order to take care of her child.
They do not care about the well being of the child. All they care about is having power of defenseless women. What is more, making abortion illegal does not mean it stops. It just goes underground.
Here is Dr. Rachel Maddow to discuss these Republicans.