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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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