Top Dems, Obama campaign seek to tie Romney to GOP anti-abortion stance
August 21st, 2012
03:05 PM ET

Top Dems, Obama campaign seek to tie Romney to GOP anti-abortion stance

(CNN) – Top Democrats on Tuesday pounced on news that Republicans adopted as part of their party platform a call for a constitutional ban on abortion and sought to tie the controversial policy plank to Mitt Romney’s campaign.

In a conference call with reporters, Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz asserted that the measure, which does not provide an exception for pregnancies that result from rape and incest, “was written at the direction of the Romney campaign.”

“This is just another example of a Republican Party led by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan whose policies on women’s health are dangerously wrong,” Wasserman Schultz said.

An Obama campaign official also told CNN that Obama’s reelection effort will highlight the development in the coming days, seeing it as a clear “contrast point” with the Romney-Ryan ticket.

“That is something that is important to a number of women and the people in their lives,” the campaign official said.

The language was, in fact, not written at the direction of the Romney campaign, though Democrats point out that the chairman of the platform committee that approved the language is Gov. Bob McDonnell of Virginia, a top Romney surrogate. But the presumptive Republican nominee has pledged that he favors a rape and incest exception to laws prohibiting abortions.

His running mate, Paul Ryan, has opposed exceptions for rape though the Wisconsin congressman now says he defers to Romney's position.

The vote among the GOP's official platform committee to endorse the so-called "human life amendment" took place earlier Tuesday in Tampa where Romney will be officially nominated next week.

While the policy plank is similar to that in previous Republican Party platforms, the Tampa vote is magnified given the this week’s controversy over Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s comments regarding rape and pregnancy that have Republicans calling for him to step aside.

“It’s time for Mitt Romney to stand up for women, he should unequivocally denounce the Human Life Amendment in the Republican platform,” said Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.

Keenan joined Wasserman Schultz on the media call.

– CNN's Dan Lothian contributed to this repot


Topics: 2012 Election • Abortion • DNC • RNC

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  1. That Will Be Easy

    That sould be easy. It's the GOP mantra.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
    • RealityBites

      Stop the mutilation and discard of unwanted children? Count me in...

      August 22, 2012 at 9:36 am |
    • RealityBites

      Adoption is the platform of choice. Plenty of women wishing for a new born baby..

      August 22, 2012 at 9:41 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        SPOKEN LIKE A RETARD WHO HAS NEVER THOUGHT OF ADOPTING. HERE'S WHAT YOU SHOULD DO, THERE ARE AN AVERAGE OF 30,000 CASES EVERY YEAR. GO ADOPT THEM ALL.

        IF YOU ARE FOR GOVERNMENT BLOCKING A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE, THEN YOU MUST BE A REPUBLITARD.

        August 22, 2012 at 11:52 am |
  2. Dave J

    Now Romney and Paul Ryan are condemned what Akin's said that rape can be legitimate. They both supported legislation that ban abortion that made no exception to what Akin called “LEGITIMATE RAPE”. In fact Ryan co-sponsored a bill with Akin to ban all such “LEGITIMATE RAPE” abortions. And now they want us to believe they will make an exception. How stupid do they think we are? How can you ever thrust these hypocrites.

    People wake up. It is not just Akin that thinks some rapes are legitimate. Past legislative actions of Ryan, Romney and pretty much most of the Republican politicians supports Akin’s remarks. To prove this point, no exemption for rape is included in the Republican Party’s platform set to be adopted by the party Romney will officially lead when he accepts the Republican nomination next week.

    So my fellow humans, in America we have one party that believes certain types of rape is legitimate and the victim should have no reprieve if that get pregnant and that government should dictate to the victims what they can do to their bodies, while the other party believes that all forms of rape is illegal, morally wrong, and the victim should have a reprieve if that get pregnant and that government should not dictate to the victims what they can do to their bodies.

    People,you have a choice.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • Caramon

      Dave, you really have no idea what Akins said do you? He never said anything about legitimate rape. Legitimate rape, seriously. What he said is the female body will shut down attempts to get pregnant when raped. he did not say anything about rape being legitimate. I not disagree with what he said, I also think it was plain stupid.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • Caramon

        Sorry, I must correct myself. I do not agree with what Akins said. And yes, I think he is an idiot.

        August 21, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
      • California Gary

        The clip of his comments is available everywhere – you'd better take another look. He definitely said the words "legitimate rape"........

        August 21, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
      • Caramon

        I have seen the clip. His statement was not legitimizing rape but stating cases where the rape was real.

        August 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • ghostriter

        actually, I believe he actually used the word legitimate.

        August 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
      • Caramon

        Yes he did. He said legitimate rape. This does not in any way say rape is legal, okay, or acceptable. It means cases where the rape was true or real. People you are smarter than this. I have already stated that what he said was stupid and he should quit the race. Do not, in any way, try to establish that Republicans believe rape is acceptable. You know better than that.

        August 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        OH NO, IT GOES BEYOND THAT. WHATEVER YOU REPUBLITARDS CONSIDER A 'REAL' OR WHAT I ASSUME IS 'UNREAL' RAPE IS, THIS AKIN GUY ECHOES WHAT SOME OF YOU BELIEVE TO BE FAKE SCIENCE MAKING IT SEEM THAT RAPED WOMEN MAGICALLY CANNOT GET PREGNANT AND THUS DO NOT NEED AN ABORTION ANYWAY. ANYTHING TO KEEP THE CHOICE AWAY FROM WOMEN EVEN IF THEY ARE RAPE VICTIMS.

        August 21, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        LET'S NOT FORGET THE PERSONHOOD BILLS CO-SPONSORED BY AKIN AND PAUL RYAN. 'FORCIBLE RAPE'? WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT ABOUT?

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 21, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
      • ndnation23

        lol HUH? HE SAID THOSE EXACT WORDS!
        Nobama, sure, lets act like fascist and tell people how to live based on moral or religious beliefs. Lets just end freedom of religion, which is what this and the anti gay marriage stance is tantamount to. Wake up bud, dont let them take freedom..once it starts, its all downhill from there! ironic though, the same party that advocates for less gun laws, making it easier for crazy people to get guns and go on rampages, and talk about illegals as if they are roaches instead of human beings, wants to protect the sanctity of life...HA what a joke. Did Palin write that one?

        August 21, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        SPOKEN LIKE A TRUE REPUBLITARD. NOBODY IS INFRINGING ON ANYONE'S RIGHT TO WORSHIP. YOU ARE HOWEVER, WOULD LOVE TO INFRINGE ON A WOMAN'S RIGHT TO CHOOSE. WHO IS THE FASCIST HERE? THE REPUBLITARDS, THAT'S WHO.

        August 22, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  3. nothing new here

    The GOP should nominate Ron Paul. At least give the voters someone that thinks beyond the wedge issues.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      A LIBERTARIAN WHO IS AGAINST CHOICE? QUITE A PARADOX.

      August 21, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        How can Paul supporters be for such a blantant example of Government Intrusion into a woman's life? Some of the states were threatening to charge women who had a miscarriage with murder. SCIENCE is NOT a strong point among the GOP.

        August 22, 2012 at 1:52 am |
  4. Ryan

    It is really hard for me to not wish horrible things on Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Romney has said UNEQUIVOCALLY that he favors a rape exception, so she is straight-up lying when she says this measure "was written at the direction of the Romney campaign."

    August 21, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • jimm

      Why? This is the Republican Platform. It doesn't matter waht Romney prefers. If a bill came across his desk that outlaws abortion even for rape and incest,. no way he vetoes it.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • cookie

        Well, all you cowardly Republican women who believe in but wont stand up for reproductive rights isnt it about time you stop expecting the Demorate to do it for you? Clearly none of you had a backbone for the platform you must all be so proud.

        August 21, 2012 at 6:43 pm |
    • BillSD33

      Funny, Romney SAYS he favors abortion for rape or incest, but does not stand up to his party when then create their platform.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
      • Lionel

        Well said. This is the point. He has flip-flopped and done sumersaults on this many times.

        August 22, 2012 at 10:55 am |
    • ghostriter

      Not that it matters much. Republicans will make this part of their mantra. Romney is a republican, unless he flops on that as well.......again......I guess it's no more of a stretch than republicans believing Obama is responsible for superPAC ads, but Romney is not.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
    • Frank Marshall Davis

      Debbie lies as naturally as birds fly and fish swim. She also should just settle on one last name. To expect truth from DWS is like expecting the earth to stop rotating.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
    • jean2009

      It doesn't matter what R-money says "UNEQUIVOCALLY" it is what he will have to kowtow to that is in the party platform. We live in a country of 50 states and our laws need to be consistent throught out. R-money didn't choose Ryan for any other reason than for his extremist views.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Didn't Obama say that there were 57 states?

        August 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm |
      • jean2009

        Jay- If you take the 50 individual states and add to that number the District of Columbia; Guam; Puerto Rico; The Northern Mariana Islands; American Samoa; The U.S. Virgin Islands; and the group made up of many minor Outlying Islands of the Pacific which includes the Marshall Islands Group you will find that number totals 57 individually governed entities. You can look up those 57 enitities and their flags at Wikipedia.

        You may not think of them as states. As territories they cannot vote in the falll presidential election, but they do elect and send delegates to the party conventions to help select the final party candidate. I'm sure every individual running for president during the primaries makes the rounds and visits as many of those entities as possible to secure their party's nomination.

        So, a person stating 57 as the total number of places visited during the campaign is not a stretch when you realize there actually are 57 places for them to visit. .

        August 22, 2012 at 11:43 am |
      • Jay in NC

        After reading your comment, why should anyone ever take you seriously. Obama did not visit the other "7 states" that you claim he was talking about. And remember they can not vote in the presidential election.

        August 22, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      I'M SURE HE WILL CHANGE HIS POSITION UNEQUIVOCALLY ONCE AGAIN.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • bowlkoff

      Wow and taking sound bite from speeches that make it seem like our president said you didn't build your business the gov did. I believe what he was really saying was something along the lines that our gov paves the way for us to start businesses, example if the gov did not build roads is there a need for taxi company? To much common sense i know....

      August 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • Jan

      I seen Romney on Mike Huckabee's show, back when Mississippi was fixing to vote on Initiative 26, he said he was for it. Mississippi is a real red state and it was voted down. So that should tell you something.

      August 22, 2012 at 2:29 am |
    • Amused

      And yet, there's also video out there of him unequivically supporting legislation that would criminalize abortion in all cases, with no exceptions. That same legislation..the so called 'personhood amendment', would also criminalize miscarriages. Romney's problem is not his policies, because he takes every side of every position, of every issue. not even a flip-flopper, this guy makes Bernie Madoff seem like a boy scout.

      August 22, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  5. Thomas

    So wait? How can the Romney and other republican congress/senate figures slap down Akin, have the FRC admonish the people who spoke out against those speaking out on Akin, Then have the GOP praise the planking that all abortions would be illegal which was a joint effort between Akin and Paul Ryan, then have the RNC remove funding for Akins campaign?

    What are you people doing??

    August 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  6. Lookwhoistalking

    That's right . . . And another thing!

    August 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  7. RealityBites

    Headline should read:
    Top Dems, Obama and his lamestream media attempt to tie Romney to Akin's comments on abortion.

    Think not? Just read CNN's political headlines..

    August 21, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
    • Thomas

      Ryan and Akin CO-WROTE THE BILL. They literally sat down together and said "No abortions regardless of rape, incest or mothers health". What is media biased? WHAT?

      August 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • ghostriter

      Yeah......those democrats tying Ryan to a guy promoting the same ideas that Ryan crafted bills around......the same guy that helped to actually craft the bills in the 1st place....... How low can they go?

      Apparently, they have to go pretty low to deal with republicans.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • jean2009

      Hello! Printing the facts is not Media bias...it is just letting loose with the truth and letting the chips fall where they may.
      My opinion is people who don't believe in abortion shouldn't have one. Beyond that position they should keep their nose out of other people's business.

      August 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
      • Caramon

        Part of the problem Jean does not concern abortion in general. It does concern who pays for it. Planned Parenthood has received tax dollars and provides discounts on abortion. I will be happy to stay away from other peoples' choices. But don't expect me to pay for it. Birth Control is another similar issue. If it is for medical reasons then okay. If it is because someone wants to have sex, then that is different. I will stay out of your bedroom if you do not send me the bill afterward.

        August 21, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, if all they did was put their nose in other people's business then they would not need an abortion?

        August 21, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
      • jean2009

        Right Jay...people who don't believe in abortion shouldn't have one and they should let every other person make the decision for themselves about abortion...that is truly keeping your nose out of other people's bedroom and business. I for one do not consider a fetus a person.

        August 22, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • jean2009

        Ah! Carmon the last I checked our taxes funds wars too.

        August 22, 2012 at 10:52 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, if as you say " I for one do not consider a fetus a person." then when is it a person? At what time, measure, do you consider it a person?

        August 22, 2012 at 11:54 am |
  8. Emily

    Romney might say that he would not oppose abortion in cases of rape, but the way he flip flops on everything, I wouldn't trust that in the slightest! He says whatever he thinks the crowd to which he is speaking wants to hear. He has no center or core values...no absolute line over which he will not cross for expediency. He wants to be president so desperately that he'll do anything. We CAN'T let these two win the election...they would take us back to the 1930s.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
    • bowlkoff

      He is a salesman just like me, trust me he will say anything to close a deal. His problem is that this is a campaign not a deal and this country can not be run like a call center. Especially since he would out source it to India...

      August 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  9. Ted Baxter

    The republicans' only chance to win the presidency, is if they can lie, cheat and steal their way there.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
    • Mike

      Which they will. We are talking about a country that vote for Bush twice, then voted in the Tea Party. America is great at being dumb. Like the old lady said at the Florida town hall meeting last year, I don't want government run healthcare and keep your hands off my medicare.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
      • Steveo

        Kinda like that woman a few years ago who claimed she no longer had to pay her mortgage or for gas. 'Cause the government was going to take care of it for her. Seems like she was right!

        August 21, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Yep, they voted for Obama, they will vote for anything.

        August 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Caramon

      According to the many comments I have seen, the Republicans do not need to win the Presidency. They always are in control of the economy. Just think, George Bush and George Bush alone tanked the economy even with a Democratic House and Senate. President Obama could not move the economy forward because of the Republicans prevented this despite Democrats controlling the House and Senate. So who exactly controls the economy? Is it the Congress or the President? Seriously people, you cannot have it both ways.

      The Republicans do not need to lie, cheat and steal to win the Presidency. They only need to show the lack of progress under the Obama Administration. Do you truly believe this country is in a better position when so many people receive welfare and food stamps. America needs to get back to work.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
      • ghostriter

        Laughable. In one sentence, you remark about how Obama had a democratic congress (which he only had for months, not 2 years), yet speak nothing of the 6 years that Bush had congress and the supreme court. Talk about not having it both ways.

        Yes, I and many others are better off than 4 years ago. FYI: During and after a recession, with people out of work, the unemployment and welfare rolls tend to increase. I know the conservative welfare president talking point is alive and well, but it really makes you guys look rather simple. Or better yet, makes you guys look as though you believe the public is simple. Judging by the polls, you may be on to something.

        August 21, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
      • Caramon

        If you notice, the economy and employment were rising for the first 6 years of the Bush Presidency. However, you are very much incorrect that Obama had a majority House and Senate for only a few months. The Democtrats have controlled the senate since 2007. The Republicans did not take the House until 2010, 2 years after Obama became president.

        Remember, the economy did not tank until late in 2007. It was not during the entire Bush presidency. At that time Democrats controlled the House and Senate. So tell me. Who controls the economy, Congress or the President?

        August 21, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
      • q2long

        I think the point is that Republican policies (financial deregulation, unfunded wars, unfunded benefits) were the major contributors to the meltdown, which started in the summer of 2007. It takes more than a couple of months to cause a massive meltdown, so, yes, I think the Republicans get tagged with this. Not to say that Democrats don't share some of the blame, basically because they bought into the Republican deregulation, low taxes, "deficits don't matter" (a la Cheney) stupidity. Suddenly, the Republicans have gotten religion (fiscal to match their Taliban like theocratic bent). But they want to go back to the policies that largely created the mess: deregulation, lower taxes than needed to pay for the programs that Americans seem to want but don't want to pay for, etc. Hard to give any credibility to a budget (like Ryan's) that assumes 2% unemployment to balance or to a party that screams "death panels" any time an effort is made to bring some reasonable "cost/benefit" analysis to health care. Ryan/Romney seem to think that vouchers (and the private sector) will bring down the cost of healthcare. From what I can see, that approach hasn't accomplished much to date for the non-Medicare insurance market. Query: Does his plan "require" elders to use their vouchers to purchase insurance? Is that some kind of mandate? I thought Republicans didn't like mandates. But if there isn't a mandate, there will just be cost shifting. Unless we deny care to those without insurance, we will all pay, one way or the other. So is this the ultimate plan? If you are poor you are out of luck?

        August 21, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
      • Caramon

        A reasonable and well-thought-out-answer answer q2long. The Democrats do share the blame particularly in the housing market. Barney Franks was specifically warned about problems with Freddie and Frannie. He choose to do nothing. In fact he said"I see no problem". Then the bubble burst.

        August 22, 2012 at 9:22 am |
      • jean2009

        The real problem and damage in regards to the mortgage mess were the deregulations in the Gramm, Leach, Bliley Act of 1999...a bill written by 3 Rethugliklans.

        August 22, 2012 at 11:51 am |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, yes, and voted in by Dems and signed into law by Clinton.

        August 22, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  10. scott

    Well let,s just have a brokered convention by way of paul delegates not that i am a paul supporter by any means but this will give the repubs something to think about other than their own agenda rather than the people that they are supposed to represent this way they will have no choice but to see the error of their ways all this time in office.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  11. Patriot Awesome

    Wow! Romney has truly pandered himself into a corner. He can reject the antiabortion platform and get his base mad at him or embrace it and kiss the women/independent vote good by. Is it still too late to nominate Ron Paul? Romney is going to get slaughtered this election!

    August 21, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
    • nothing new here

      Good.
      Maybe this will be the wake-up call that America needs to see/hear. Pandering to extremists has brought this country to it's knees.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  12. republiCONS say what!?!?!

    so the republicans say fetuses can't be aborted for any reason because theyr'e protecting human life. Well also according to repbuliCONS, corporations are people. So can we now say that corporations are not allowed to have abortions? In other words, corporations can't kill themselves or other businesses since that's protecting human life? No surprise a con man reaks of hypocrisy.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      So you do not believe that corporations exist for, are controlled by, and represent people. Yet, I guess, you are pro-union.

      Hmmm, well we could go with your thought and dismantle Planned Parent Hood, inc., The Democratic National Committee, inc., and National Public Radio, inc.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  13. Dave Harris

    It's sort of mystifying why Republicans are abandoning this Akin guy for saying what they themselves claim to be their sacred principles. They think it's the government's job to make sure that nobody gets an abortion, or maybe even uses birth control. We all need more big brother Republican government to tell us what to do, because they're so much holier than us. Why should they demonize a fellow Republican for saying what they always say?

    August 21, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Dave Harris, the world is laughing at your comment. Most people are better informed and know that what you say is a lie.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        He isn't lying. Before you know it the Republican uptighty-righties will then determine that women don't need an education either. They fought like hell to keep the Lilly Ledbetter Act which allows woment the right to receive equal pay for equal work from becoming law. Women are second class citizens to them. Only 10% of women sit on Corporate Boards around the country. In their eyes that's 10% too many. AMERICAN TALLIBAN.

        August 22, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • jean2009

      The only reason they are up in arms about him telling the truth direct from their platform.is they didn't want to throw a laser light of attention vocally on their extreme views until after the election.

      August 21, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
      • kathy

        YEP, IT WAS SUPPOSE TO BE A SECRET.

        August 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
  14. magistramarla

    The hypocrites in the GOTP claims "There is no war on women" and then turn around and support this.
    Women voters, are you watching?

    August 21, 2012 at 3:45 pm |
    • nothing new here

      The hypocrisy is that there is no resolution concerning mandatory adoptions, and paying the medical/legal/living expenses of the victims.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
      • jean2009

        Glad you picked up on that oversight on their part. Did you expect any different?

        August 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
    • kathy

      WOMEN, UNITE AND FIGHT BACK.

      August 21, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  15. Jazel

    TO Democratic Campaign folks –

    Do some campaign materials on how you can lower down Unemployment to 4% and I will listen to you. You can't even lower it down from 8% – so stop this foolish campaign they won't bring additional income to my take home pay. Fulfill your promises to not TAX ME to support Obamacare. Until then, your millions of money wasted on foolish campaign will not get my household's votes.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  16. bb

    Not sure if there is any truth here. But Wassey-snot spits vile like Oblameo really cant count on anything she says. in florida she is pretty much the butt end of most political jokes. And yes she should reveal her taxes. she pretty much makes all women look small, also i thought she was still in Wisc fighting walkers recall !!!!

    August 21, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  17. Michael B.

    Abortion should ONLY be allowed in few circumstances. Otherwise, it's murder.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  18. nothing new here

    I just have one question....
    WHO will be paying for all of this moral legislation?
    Does the GOP not understand their own stance on limited government and limited spending?
    Oops, I guess I just answered my own question :)

    August 21, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
    • Anna B

      yes, and they would certainly never pay for all the "welfare" mothers created because the "fathers" of rape victims are in jail!!! such hypocrites.

      August 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
      • nothing new here

        True,
        The GOP has just added to the welfare lines, plus all the legal issues and challenges that will cost us taxpayers $$$$.

        August 21, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        YOU KNOW THE SAD PART, IN MANY STATES THESE CRIMINAL 'FATHERS' STILL HAVE PARENTAL RIGHTS AS PROTECTED BY LAW. THE RAPIST CAN STILL HARASS HIS VICTIMS THIS WAY. AMAZING.

        August 22, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      You say " moral legislation", yes, lets talk about that. Liberals do not believe that people, on their own, will be generous and give aid, therefore they take large taxes and redistribute the money. Now that is moral legislation on a grand scale.

      Did you see the President's latest ani- Gov. Romney ad. Complaining that the Gov. only paid 14% in taxes. Well they left out that the man gave away more than that to charity. It seams to me that we should consider the total that a person has contributed to society, not just how much the government could take from them.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
      • Jatovi

        Ha ha. "Well they left out that the man gave away more than that to charity." If you consider the Morman church to be a charity, then you are correct. Do you even understand what our taxes pay for? I guess not. Yes when people pays less in taxes we have less protection and education (such as cops, firefighters, nurses, teachers, etc...), more crumbling roads and bridges, more crime due to a lack of a social safety net, less to medically help our elderly, and so on and so on. So I'd suggest instead of being a political cheerleader really look into what would help our society rather than the "extreme" right wing talking point of "Obama Bad". If you do I'd bet you that Mitt Romney/ Paul Ryan budget would begin to suck in your eyes. The GOP platform of on religion makes laws would become a ridiculous idea. The Tea Party would seem a nightmarish clown show.

        August 21, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
      • jean2009

        Actually a 2001 study found that people making less than $25,000 per year dig deep and donate a whopping 4.2% of their income to non-profit charities and those making over $75,000 per year on average only donate 2.7% of their income. Those who make the least donate the most.

        August 21, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
      • jean2009

        @ Jay in a fair society taxes are the best solution....I don't get a choice on war, and you shouldn't get one on women's rights. Laws need to be uniform accross all 50 states.

        August 21, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jatovi, you do realize that there was no Federal income tax until 1914. Look, no one said anything about not paying any taxes. In fact I think every one should have to pay something. However the things you named, cops, etc. are local tax issues. As far as society falling apart, how's Chicago working out?

        August 21, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
      • q2long

        Jean, you are so, so right.

        August 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        Jean, you think that you do not get a choice on war? You elected Obama, did not you? He has extended the Afghanistan War.

        It is strange that you would equate womens rights with war. Do you really think that the president's power to wage war is the same as a womans right to kill her unborn child. Well, maybe on this point we do agree, they both are killing another person.

        August 21, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  19. Anna B

    How can they be "attempting" to tie Romney to the GOP stance when he picked a VP who has endorsed and written bills on this topic. It's a fact ... the article should be title, dems seek to EDUCATE about Romney and Ryan's abortion stances (and there will be many with Romney involved).

    August 21, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  20. Phil

    Akin should drop out not because of his position but because he is ignorant. This is an internal Rep issue not a Democract. Pretty hypocritical for the liberals to call for this man to dop out when the keynote speaker (the philanderer
    and chief) at their convention has the least respect for woman of anyone I know. He got fined 90K and had his law license revoked for 5 years for lying about the Lewinsky affair. Not to mention all the other affairs that have been reported and validated. This a real stand up guy and champion of womens issues the Dems have leading their convention. He not only embarassed his wife in front of family and friends but the whole world. A great champion of womens issues.

    August 21, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  21. Jatovi

    Why do women vote for anyone in this GOP? I just don't get it.

    August 21, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      IGNORANCE, FEAR, OR BOTH. THE REPUBLITARDS WANT TO KEEP THEIR WOMEN THAT WAY.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 21, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  22. Frank Marshall Davis

    Time for Romney to just put the economy and jobs back to front and center where it belongs. Obama will lose on that every time (except of course with the lefty sheep).

    August 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • California Gary

      I guess I must be one of the sheep.......I just don't see how advocating for going back to the same policies that ran our country into the ground is a winning argument. Please explain.

      August 21, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  23. november2012

    Romney believes the states should control the abortion laws...obama supports the federal govts reach into this...the choice is collectivism(Marxism) or individualism (capitalism). Your freedom from govt or slavery to it!

    The leftist will continue to cloud this issue and others that are of no real big concern to most hard working Americans...to take your focus from the big real issues and the current presidents poor performance domestically and overseas....I hope most of you are smart enough to see this...for all of our sakes.

    August 21, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
    • Jatovi

      Seems you've failed you're own hopes. We don't really know Romney's position as it has consistently changed. He says what he feels will get him elected and it's sad many have fallen for this just because they dislike the current president.

      President Obama is pro-choice. It's sad many who disagree with the pro-choice position try to demonize those individuals. Those who do this rail against the government telling them "what to do" but they are OK for the government telling a woman what to do with their bodies.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
      • NObama 2012

        well if the federal govt says its illegal then you are done aren't you? If you are in a state that says its illegal you can move to one where the law is different...try and think about this and the subverson of your rights by the fed govt. I can tell you the commies in eastern europe made ANY birth control illegal, they wanted more babies. Think beyond what is in your face and the media hype and obama manipulation...think about your real rights and how to preserve them.

        August 21, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      YOU ARE A DUMBASS. WHAT DO YOUR THINK STATES ARE? THEY ARE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. YEAH, LIKE WE NEED MANY DIFFERENT LAWS FOR A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF CHOICE FOR WOMEN. KEEP ON WISHING RETARD. IF IT WERE UP TO YOU REJECTS, WE WOULD HAVE DIFFERENT LAWS ON SLAVERY.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      OU ARE A DUMBA-S-S. WHAT DO YOUR THINK STATES ARE? THEY ARE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. YEAH, LIKE WE NEED MANY DIFFERENT LAWS FOR A FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT OF CHOICE FOR WOMEN. KEEP ON WISHING RETARD. IF IT WERE UP TO YOU REJECTS, WE WOULD HAVE DIFFERENT LAWS ON SLAVERY.

      August 21, 2012 at 4:59 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      The Repulicans have moved to have anti-abortion law written into the Constitution. They aren't satisfied with it in just State Constitutions. You all have been pushing your war on women. TALLIBAN.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:28 am |
  24. scott

    Good for the GOP, Wassurman is on the rag again.

    August 21, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  25. Howard

    Todd Akin is just an individual idiot, just like the Democrat's Alan Grayson was. The Democrats are just grasping at straws, in a desperate attempt to get attention away from Obama's failed policies, and dismal record.
    The bottom line is ... we need to replace Obama with Romney and Ryan in order to save America !!!

    August 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm |
    • kathy

      Sooooooo, who's going to save the women?

      August 21, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  26. SafeJourney3

    Romney is ALREADY tied to the anti-abortion issue. Thats exactly the GOP stance at their Convention

    August 21, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
    • NObama 2012

      not really...but then you do have to consider what he said from an objective point of view...and a moral point of view as well. Think about the 53,000,000 abortions to date. Not saying I'm prolife, but I am saying this is out of hand, and we need to really take a look at this.

      August 21, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • q2long

        Have you ever thought about how we would have been able to feed, clothe, educate and find jobs for those 53 million unwanted? Or what kind of lives they would have had if their mothers had been forced to bring them into the world? Doesn't sound like the kind of stable home environment we would wish for a child or like a recipe for a happy, healthy individual or society. Don't like so many abortions either, but the alternative sounds even worse.

        August 21, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • MaryM

      NO2012, so you are ok with GOP stance on NO exceptions in case of rape and incest

      August 21, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
      • november2012

        again, that is not Romneys stance...or mine. Neither is it most voters on the right, left, and center.

        August 21, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
      • Cynthia L.

        And your STANCE on the Republican Party trying to outlaw BIRTH CONTROL? If you started with that ONE THING you would not have most abortions. When men demand their own reliable birth control from the drug companies then I will think you have a clue what it is like to take responsibilty for a problem you have a hand in creating.

        August 22, 2012 at 11:07 am |
  27. LKK

    I find it sad that with all the issues facing this country, the only thing some of you people care about is if women will still have the right to kill their babies. To be clear, I am not putting down those who choose to have abortions. Romney has said he does not believe in abortions and that Roe vs Wade should be repealed and the States should choose whether they would allow abortions to be performed in their state. I'm getting so tired of people misconstruing what is being said. Bush was not in favor of abortions and guess what, women were still allowed to kill their babies. I remember folks saying if Bush gets elected, abortions will be banned. Here we go again. People educate yourselves on all the issues. Do you realize we are 16 trillion is debt? If you want to worry about an issue, start with that one.

    August 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Cynthia L.

      MEN TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR YOUR OWN RELIABLE BIRTH CONTROL until you do STOP DUMPING YOUR PROBLEMS ON WOMEN.

      August 22, 2012 at 11:10 am |
  28. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    Etch a Sketch Romney is at it again. As Gov. of Mass. he was pro-choice....why, because Mass. was pro-choice. Now that the Republicans have thrown down their gaunlet that even in the case of rape or incest they still beleive a woman has no right ot make her own choice. The republicans also are against birth control in their insurance, but for their men getting their Cialis, or Viagra. Go figure! Since the public sentiment is against including the rape and incest for abortion, then he is FOR it. Go figure!

    August 21, 2012 at 7:57 pm |
    • november2012

      wrong.

      August 21, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      WE NEED CHRISTINE O'DONNELL TO EXPLAIN TO US WHAT MITT ROMNEY'S POSITION IS AGAIN. NOT THAT IT WOULD MAKE IT ANY EASIER. I JUST NEEDED A LAUGH.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 21, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
  29. kathy

    I really don't feel the DEMS. or anyone else needs to "attempt" to tie Mitt Romney to anything, he has tied himself to it, this is how the GOP feel/think,and Mittens is right there with them. Wasn't he on Mike Huckabee nodding his head like a bobble head in full agreement with every word Huckabee said? So now guess what Mitt..........OWN IT!!!

    August 21, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  30. DEcember 2012

    THE RNC CHAIRMAN SAID THAT THE STRICT ABORTION STANCE IS THE PLATFORM OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY, NOT THE PLATFORM OF MITT ROMNEY. SO APPARENTLY, MITT ROMNEY IS ACTUALLY A CANDIDATE OF SOMEOTHER PARTY. NO WONDER THE GUY LOOKS CONFUSED MOST OF THE TIME.

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    August 22, 2012 at 1:03 am |
  31. scott

    Good for the GOP. At least someone has respect for human life, rather then use abortion as a means of birth control.

    August 22, 2012 at 4:38 am |
    • Cynthia L.

      Oh, gee scott, they are even AGAINST BIRTH CONTROL saying basically that woman are just BABY MACHINES.

      August 22, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Tom

      Hey Scott,
      Have you really thought this through? The Republican party wants to tell your wife that she must have the child of her rapist. Is this a decision you want the government to make for you and your wife? And, if, once the most horrific thing has happened, the two of you decide that you do want an abortion, she will not be able to report the crime because than everything will be on record. Assuming that most women will definitely want to put the trauma behind and have an abortion, rapists will do everything to induce pregnancy and so escape having charges made. Do you really think this is good policy? I think you need some time alone to think about things.

      August 22, 2012 at 11:02 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      YOU CAN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT THE PIOUS. THEY ARE ABOUT AS BLIND AS A BAT IN AN ECHO CHAMBER WITH RUSH LIMBAUGH IN IT.

      SPEAKING OF WHICH, RUSH STILL NO KIDS? WHAT'S THE DEAL HERE? HAVEN'T FOUND THE RIGHT MAN OR WOMAN YET? WHERE ARE THOSE AWESOME FAMILY VALUES REPUBLITARDS KEEP HARPING ON ABOUT?

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 22, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  32. Name*Guest

    There is thing called miscarriage. It is when the body can't physicallly handle the pregnancy. This can happen to a woman due to variety of causes including stress. Yes mental stress produces chemicals in the body. Ask any doctor. This is not fake science. But, it is hard to make your body perform this, so that part is not correct.

    August 22, 2012 at 4:52 am |
  33. lawsquire

    Invariably when a partisan says something foolish, the other side is going to attempt to link it to the "mother ship" and score tons of political points, hoping to validate the claim that Republicans are waging a war on women. The alleged link in this case is that actual Conservative policy would prohibit abortion even in cases of rape, which is supposedly not a far cry from what they are outraged about what Akin said. But there is a huge difference between the two.
    Acknowledging, as all reasonable people must that pregnancies do result from rape, and still being opposed to abortion even in those circumstances forces conservatives, (I among them) who must make a difficult policy choice on a very complicated issue. If conservatives truly didn't believe that pregnancy resulterd from rape, our position would be much easier, because we wouldn't be dealing with a rape victim.
    I certainly understand the controversy on this issue, and my view is that Unborn life deserves protection. I have no broader agenda about repressing women, nor does it have anything to do with any other policy preferences I have. I view the unborn the same way we all do a child who is a few seconds old. When viewed that way the issue is not about anything other than the desire to protect innocent life, not a means to an end for some other policy or part of some sinister plot to repress women, roughly 50% of which also identify themselves as pro-life.

    August 22, 2012 at 10:40 am |
  34. Tom

    If Republicans get their way, rapes will rise dramatically across the country. A woman impregnated by her rapist will have two choices: get the abortion or report the crime because she won't be able to do both: if she reports the crime, everything will be on record, including anything that happened to the raper's :"child". My best guess is that most woman, confronted with this dilemma, will opt not to report the crime and have the operation performed illegally. Rapes will go up, criminal prosecution of rapes will go down. Welcome to Paul Ryan's vision for our new Republican theocracy.

    August 22, 2012 at 10:52 am |
    • Tom

      ... and botched illegal abortions will rise and women will die on the table. Anyone saying that the Republicans aren't waging war on women hasn't been paying attention or doesn't really care.

      August 22, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  35. sensibility

    Why do the pro-choicers talk as though the pro-life goal in the abortion issue is to make health care decisions for women? Clearly, their goal is to protect and preserve the lives of unborn children (roughly fifty-percent of whom are female, by the way). If their real agenda was to give the government decision making power over women's health, wouldn't they be advocating such choices to be made in other areas?

    The argument is simply this: the pro-choice side believes a woman should have the right to murder an innocent child if she finds inconvenient the product of her choice to engage in unprotected sex, and the pro-life side believes (generally) that the government should regard all human life equally; however, there is disagreement within the pro-life community as to whether women should be granted the right to kill their child in extreme circumstances such as rape, incest, or life of the mother.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
  36. JJJ

    If people think there is a WAR ON WOMEN then move to the middle east. Islam has oppressed women for years but no one want to talk about that. reproductive rights does not equal war on women.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:49 pm |