Will Romney Reject “Crazy” or Just Look the Other Way?

It is improbable that Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, Paul Ryan, Joe Walsh or Mitt Romney will ever have to make a decision about their reproductive rights as a victim of rape or incest. Unfortunately thousands of women don’t have that luxury. It is a decision they are forced to make.

Missouri US Representative Todd Akin’s may have ignited this topic by his “legitimate rape” comment but it is obvious that far too many Republican candidates support a strategy that they know what is best for women.

Indiana US Senate Republican candidate Richard Mourdock said last night that he opposes abortion even in the case of rape because a pregnancy from rape is “something God intended to happen.” Mitt Romney endorsed Mourdock and appeared in a recent television ad for him as well.

Romney and the Republican Party should find it difficult to appeal to women when candidates continue to make and support remarks that attempt to take away a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions.  So far, Romney has not condemned the comments and who knows if he will, I mean his Vice Presidential choice, Paul Ryan cosponsored legislation to narrow the definition of rape.

Women may very well make the difference in this election cycle. What is undeniable is that they are a critical voting bloc to Democrats should win. It is doubtful that undecided women voters have missed the conservative rants of Republican candidates but in the event they may have….here are just a few comments aside from Mourdock and Akin.

•Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), to reporters last week: “With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance” of an abortion necessary to save a woman’s life. “There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.”

•Vice presidential nominee, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), mocking women’s issues to a group of conservative donors: “Now it’s a war on women; tomorrow it’s going to be a war on left-handed Irishmen or something like that.”

•Presidential candidate, Gov. Mitt Romney, asked earlier this month whether insurance companies should be required to cover contraception: “Well it’s a question as to, should you get a car painted, you know, red or blue. I mean you can decide which you’d like.”

Romney, Ryan and the Republican Party have made it clear what they think of women and our rights. If I can’t trust Romney on women’s rights, why would I trust him on any other policy issue?

 

Comments

  1. Burroughston Broch says:

    Romney seems to be looking the other way, and it seems to be working. According to the most recent polls, his popularity with women is increasing while the President’s is decreasing.
    Why not also address the President’s new ad, focused on young women, likening voting for the President to having sex for the first time, and with the right guy? It’s repugnant.
    I cannot wait until the election is decided so I am not deluged with garbage from both parties.

  2. That America is having this ‘discussion’ in the year 2012 is unthinkable. Period. This dialogue of ‘defining rape’ and to the degree rape is rape… is offensive to my common sense and intelligence. Period. This demeaning, long-winded, and idle rhetoric runs counter to a productive Nation; look what it’s teaching our teenage daughters -AND- perpetrators of such crimes. It is said that you can’t fight what you can’t see. Well the good news is this. If the selective comments of politicians mentioned in this article is a true reflection of the entire Party they represent; and, if the female voters of this party do in fact disagree with their positions on rape– then shall all women rise up and rise up STRONG by the power of our voices via the right to VOTE. May we move this conversation forward for the advancement of humanity. There is no such thing as a little bit of rape. Rape is rape. PERIOD. I rest my case. Putting my soap box over in the corner of the room. ~djg (3:15pmEST | 10/26/12)

    • Burroughston Broch says:

      Well, TheMediaLady, would you like to enlighten us from your soap box with your views about President Obama’s new ad with Lena Durham?
      Or better yet, would you like to discuss the lack of response to Benghazi and the continued lies thereafter?
      The Lena Durham ad and your rape concern are sideshows, but Benghazi is the main event.