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The Starís editorial | GOP canít avoid Todd Akin ó or abortion
Kansas City Star ^ | 8/21/12 | Editorial Staff

Posted on 08/21/2012 8:14:12 PM PDT by randita

They phoned. They wrote. They rebuked him publicly from coast to coast. They cut off funding and support.

Yet Republican U.S. Senate candidate Todd Akin didn’t cave. He refused to withdraw by the initial 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline, sticking with his November race against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill.

His choice means women’s health and abortion remain top issues, causing a debate the GOP had hoped to avoid.

Akin, who says he misspoke when he said “legitimate rape” victims can prevent pregnancy, has a long voting record against abortion in any circumstance.

Akin also is in line with U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan, with whom he co-sponsored abortion legislation, in favoring an amendment providing rights to fetuses at the moment of conception. This effectively stops all abortions, including in the cases of rape or incest.

For Republicans objecting to Akin’s misstatements, it gets more complicated at their national convention next week when the final party platform is adopted.

Presumptive GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney and now-running mate Ryan are on record in support of abortion in cases of rape. Yet, the proposed platform espouses the no-exceptions position held by Akin. In addition, Romney’s positions on abortion have ranged from an early pro-choice posture to the current promises to defund Planned Parenthood and ban abortions.

President Barack Obama clearly stated the difference this week. For him, a rape is a rape. And in a welcome addition, he said it’s wrong for predominantly male lawmakers to make these kinds of health care decisions for women.

Amen.

While the anti-government, free-the-individual GOP often argues against government interference, they are all in for government control and limited access on abortion and birth control.

(Excerpt) Read more at kansascity.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Missouri
KEYWORDS: abortion; akin; akin4mccaskill; akin4obama; backstabberakin; paulryan; prolife; rape; romneyryan; ryan; toddakin
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1 posted on 08/21/2012 8:14:17 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita
All the Libs are focusing on this, not the loss of jobs (One million less jobs since Obma took over), Fast and Furious (What is Obama hiding behind Executive Privelege?), Unemployment at 8.3% and increasing, Biden’s racially ignorant statements (Without any apologies) and Janet Napolitano being sued for sexual discrimination. No surprises here.
2 posted on 08/21/2012 8:19:36 PM PDT by mfish13 (ELECTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES!!!!)
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To: randita

This should have never been an issue in the general election.


3 posted on 08/21/2012 8:20:28 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Food for thought.


4 posted on 08/21/2012 8:23:06 PM PDT by Ciexyz
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To: randita

Abortion laws and practices are not going to change in the next 10 years, no mater who is elected.


5 posted on 08/21/2012 8:26:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: randita
They don't call these guys the Kansas City Red Star for nothing.
6 posted on 08/21/2012 8:27:21 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Paladin2

7 posted on 08/21/2012 8:27:58 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mfish13

Don’t neglect Butch Napy’s proclivities.


8 posted on 08/21/2012 8:29:19 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: randita

Yet another prime example of the Liberal Media viciously attacking a legitimate Pro Life Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate.


9 posted on 08/21/2012 8:30:15 PM PDT by Uncle Slayton
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To: Paladin2

That is what makes this so pointless.
Had Akin held his cards tighter, he may have won the Senate, and then perhaps been useful in SCOTUS picks.
Then and only then could we hope for any change.


10 posted on 08/21/2012 8:30:55 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife; SoConPubbie; Kevmo

“This should have never been an issue in the general election.”

You are wrong and the cowardly GOPe is wrong. This should ALWAYS be an issue in any election....except for dogcatcher.

It is TIME for the GOP to either support moral/social issues important to the SOCON base, or rightfully alienate moral/social conservatives forever. This “back of the bus” nonsense is REALLY getting old.


11 posted on 08/21/2012 8:32:46 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas

You have to WIN to effect change.


12 posted on 08/21/2012 8:34:48 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
"Had Akin held his cards tighter, he may have won the Senate"

True dat.

Many GOPe Senators are not better. It's a conundrum.

13 posted on 08/21/2012 8:35:47 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: mylife

Well, the slaughter of 4500 human babies A DAY is even more important that the economy. For those murdered babies it is eternal. All because Mama can’t keep her legs together. and then there are the republicrats actually joining the cry of the banshees (romney) that they want to kill a baby because mommy thinks now she was “raped” when the medical evidence is that the woman can’t ovulate for weeks after trauma. Why don’t we adopt these children?They didn’t do anything to deserve their murder!! Where is adoption today? Have they stomped it out to reduce population? Akin was RIGHT!! Akin will be in the Senate.; MOVE ON!!


14 posted on 08/21/2012 8:35:54 PM PDT by marygonzo
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To: randita

It’s funny how, all of a sudden, abortion has been become very popular with the people living in this country. That is, if you believe the crap Barry’s state run “media” is pimping.


15 posted on 08/21/2012 8:36:43 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Had enough of the freaks running the show yet?)
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To: mylife

“That is what makes this so pointless. Had Akin held his cards tighter, he may have won the Senate, and then perhaps been useful in SCOTUS picks. Then and only then could we hope for any change.”

It is that kind of “going straight to surrender” approach that keeps the unborn being murdered.

BTW - Akin hasn’t lost yet. He is already getting a lot of grass root donations and support. When he wins, he won’t be behoden to the GOPe like others....and he can plus for some real conservatism.


16 posted on 08/21/2012 8:36:50 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: Sola Veritas
"This “back of the bus” nonsense is REALLY getting old."

Send Cornyn and McConnell to the back.

17 posted on 08/21/2012 8:37:40 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: marygonzo

Akin maybe kicked out of the GOP tomorrow.


18 posted on 08/21/2012 8:37:40 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: marygonzo

AMEN!


19 posted on 08/21/2012 8:38:04 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: randita

Another issue to keep this lousy Obama economy out of the spotlight. That is why every Republican candidate should have been instructed to STAY ON THAT TOPIC and not get sucked into a mess like this. But Akin is obviously a very slow learner and fancies that he is some Moses with special instructions from God to help Obama get re-elected. What a putz.


20 posted on 08/21/2012 8:38:30 PM PDT by txrefugee
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To: marygonzo

Ask the would be Mommies.


21 posted on 08/21/2012 8:38:53 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: marygonzo

Amen squared!


22 posted on 08/21/2012 8:40:32 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Sola Veritas

I just think he would have been wiser to be more guarded during this very important election.


23 posted on 08/21/2012 8:40:49 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Uncle Slayton
Yet another prime example of the Liberal Media viciously attacking a legitimate Pro Life Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate.

The lib media had nothing to do with Akin's inability to articulate the pro life position. The guy is 65 yo and has been in Congress for 12 years with access to some of the best and brightest relative to research, think tanks, and studies. And yet he stumbles and bumbles like some guy in a bar.

This guy is a lightweight who has set the pro life movement back immensely. Some are just too stubborn to visit reality.
24 posted on 08/21/2012 8:41:50 PM PDT by nhwingut (Sarah Palin 12... No One Else)
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To: DarthVader

“Akin maybe kicked out of the GOP tomorrow.”

That is a really stupid statement. The GOP cannot kick anybody out. Only voters have that ability. The voters in Missouri will decide on Aiken not the GOPe, and especially not you carpet baggers interfering with Missouri politics.

Aiken properly and legally won the primary. He IS the candidate (as people like to say about Myth Romney the Magic Mormon). Either folks vote for him (Akin) or McRascal. Writein votes don’t work in Missouri. It is too late to mount a third party candidate also. Also, to do so will alienate SOCON Republicans here in Missouri. That could cost Myth this state as well.


25 posted on 08/21/2012 8:44:32 PM PDT by Sola Veritas (Trying to speak truth - not always with the best grammar or spelling)
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To: marygonzo

America needs no words from me to see how your decision in Roe v. Wade has deformed a great nation. The so-called right to abortion has pitted mothers against their children and women against men. It has sown violence and discord at the heart of the most intimate human relationships. It has aggravated the derogation of the father’s role in an increasingly fatherless society. It has portrayed the greatest of gifts — a child — as a competitor, an intrusion, and an inconvenience. It has nominally accorded mothers unfettered dominion over the independent lives of their physically dependent sons and daughters”

Mother Theresa


26 posted on 08/21/2012 8:44:41 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: Huskrrrr

Sorry, that’s Mother TERESA.


27 posted on 08/21/2012 8:46:06 PM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: randita

Maybe there is a silver lining in all this. Maybe it’s time for another national conversation about the importance of protecting life. Maybe Akin has permitted us to focus on the moral disaster of abortion.


28 posted on 08/21/2012 8:46:28 PM PDT by Tau Food (Tom Hoefling for President - 2012)
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To: Sola Veritas

“The GOP cannot kick anybody out.”

How much do you want to bet?


29 posted on 08/21/2012 8:47:40 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Uncle Slayton
Yet another prime example of the Liberal Media viciously attacking a legitimate Pro Life Conservative candidate for U.S. Senate.

And the GOP and many so-called pro-life conservatives. And Mitt friggin Romney who thinks that this is one of the bandwagons to cling to..

Akin may or may not be, factually wrong, but he is right in the belief that the child - even of a rapist-incest incident, is innocent.

You are pro-life or not. No disclaimers.

The child of rape is still a human being innocent, and not deserving of being horribly murdered.

30 posted on 08/21/2012 8:48:26 PM PDT by KittenClaws
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To: Paladin2

“Abortion laws and practices are not going to change in the next 10 years, no mater who is elected.”

~ ~ ~

The just divine judgment has started, the economy isn’t going to get better until we turn to God and follow His
ways. He knows what is best for us.

Do you see how important, the man who is President should
be Christian. He needs God’s grace in his soul, we can’t
go four more years without God.

Evil, gravely sinful abortion and sodomy, let us follow
men who legislate for these two abominations. Crazy!!!


31 posted on 08/21/2012 8:50:06 PM PDT by stpio
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To: Sola Veritas

“Aiken properly and legally won the primary.”

It doesn’t matter,he got $1.5 million in capaign funds from Democrats. We are going to turn off all of his $$$$. Without out it he will not get elected.


32 posted on 08/21/2012 8:51:36 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Uncle Slayton

And why is that a surprise? Politics is a blood sport. One has to play to win. One has to be competent and shrewd and smart. Akin is none of those and will lose by 10 points in November, and will become a laughing stock and pariah the rest of his life.

Joe Miller in AK; Hoffman in NY-23; Sharron Angle in NV;
Christine O’Donell in DE; Buck in CO; JD Hayworth in AZ and
George Allen in VA were all solid conservatives but lousy politicians and they all lost and now are powerless.


33 posted on 08/21/2012 8:52:09 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will grow cancer in your body.)
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To: marygonzo

Joe Miller in AK; Hoffman in NY-23; Sharron Angle in NV;
Christine O’Donell in DE; Buck in CO; JD Hayworth in AZ and
George Allen in VA were all for stopping the slaughter as you
call it. Guess what? They ALL LOST because they were lousy politicians. How many babies can they save now after losing?


34 posted on 08/21/2012 8:55:24 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will grow cancer in your body.)
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To: entropy12

George Allen is going to win his seat back here in VA.


35 posted on 08/21/2012 8:56:14 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: marygonzo

“when the medical evidence is that the woman can’t ovulate for weeks after trauma”

What happens to the women who were ovulating when they got raped?


36 posted on 08/21/2012 8:57:14 PM PDT by PhxTM06
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To: stpio

Obama is a Christian. He attended rev Wright’s church for decades. As far as I can see, his being a Christian has’nt done us much good, has it?


37 posted on 08/21/2012 8:58:22 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will grow cancer in your body.)
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To: DarthVader

I hope so.


38 posted on 08/21/2012 8:59:44 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: DarthVader

Let us hope. Unless he spouts off another Macaca moment. In the meanwhile we lost 6 years having a GOP senator.


39 posted on 08/21/2012 9:00:18 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will grow cancer in your body.)
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To: entropy12

Rev. Wright’s Church is a racist cult and is no way Christian. He preaches a false gospel of black liberation theology which really is no better than the Nation of Islam.


40 posted on 08/21/2012 9:01:33 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: Sola Veritas

I got news for you, kid.

You myopic so-cons are far from being the base of the party.

Why should the nation risk the certainty of financial disaster just because you people can’t see past the end of your sanctimonious schnozzes?

It takes the SCOTUS about 80-90 years to correct a prior bad decision. Dred Scott v. US and Plessy v. Ferguson for sterling examples, weren’t fixed for decades.

Roe, too will eventually be fixed, but not in the next several terms of several presidents.

So get off the high horse.


41 posted on 08/21/2012 9:01:55 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: entropy12

He is running a stellar campaign that is one of the best I have seen in a long time.


42 posted on 08/21/2012 9:03:02 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
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To: stpio

One Senator out of 100 is not going to have the same effect as TOTUS.


43 posted on 08/21/2012 9:04:40 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: KittenClaws

If Akin had just said he is for protecting babies as a result of rape, he would be a US Senator after November.

But the reason he is a dumb azz politician is that he spouted something like “Women victims of rape almost never can get pregnant.” He deserves the scorn from every one.


44 posted on 08/21/2012 9:05:36 PM PDT by entropy12 (Hate is the most insidious emotion, it will grow cancer in your body.)
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To: marygonzo

Tell that to families being foreclosed on, people who lose jobs, or businessmen who’ve gone bankrupt.

Abortion is murder, a national tragedy, but it ain’t the end=all or be=all this time around.

When will you so-cons let the grown-ups in the room handle this stuff?


45 posted on 08/21/2012 9:06:24 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: Sola Veritas

You mean “grass-smoking” support don’t you?

You’d have to be STONED on some really good kill to think that jagoff Akin has a snowball’s chance in Hell.


46 posted on 08/21/2012 9:08:52 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: mylife

I hope Palin’s pick runs as an independant-—It’s the only chance we have. Why is it that when one Republican misspeaks, he is speaking for all REpubs, but when Maxine Waters or any loony Dem says something, they are on their own? No reflection on their party. They even campaign for them,


47 posted on 08/21/2012 9:14:20 PM PDT by RightLady (Take out the trash the first Tues after the first Monday in Nov)
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To: entropy12

Zer0 is an Islamist. Count on it. Take it to the bank.


48 posted on 08/21/2012 9:14:52 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: Sola Veritas

I’ll interfere in any state’s business I want to.

Got it?

And there ain’t a damn thing you can do about it.

BTW, read your profile...

Social issues more important than national security and defense?

Okay, you’ve convinced me that you’re a nut.


49 posted on 08/21/2012 9:14:52 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!!!)
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To: Tau Food

I wish you were right, but the reality is the pro-death abortion crowd will never ever relinquish their “choice” mantra. They would rather have billions of children killed via abortion than to have the choice to exterminate one’s own offspring removed. Words cannot describe the appalling nature of choice over child.


50 posted on 08/21/2012 9:17:16 PM PDT by phatus maximus ( John 6:29. Learn it, love it, live it.)
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