Why are we surprised? Did we truly expect anything different from this political party at this time in this election? And if so, why? Aren’t we paying attention?
Last week, another Republican candidate for Senate, Richard Mourdock of Indiana, in explaining his opposition to a rape exception for abortion, said he believed that, as horrific as such an event is, should the victim become pregnant, it was “something God intended”. This not a month after Todd Akin, Republican Senate candidate from Missouri, said that in a “legitimate rape” the female body had ways of “shutting down” so the victim wouldn’t get pregnant…implying that any woman who did get pregnant wasn’t “legitimately” raped.
Of course, the cries of outrage after both remarks were quick and furious. But in the case of Mr. Mourdock, what is significant is not what happened but what didn’t happen. The R’s Presidential candidate, while he said he didn’t agree with Mr. Mourdock, refused to withdraw his endorsement and, indeed, allowed Mr. Mourdock to continue to run the ad in which Governor Romney specifically endorses him…the only candidate for Senate to receive such support. John McCain, who could fairly be called the conscience of the Republican Party, at first said he would only continue his endorsement of Mr. Mourdock if the Republican candidate apologized for his remarks. When no such apology was forthcoming, however, Senator McCain reconsidered and did not withdraw his endorsement. Other R’s, notably Senator John Cornyn, who heads the Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee, stood by Mr. Mourdock, even endorsing Mr. Mourdock’s position. And the only real cries of outrage after Mr. Mourdock’s remark came from Democrats.
Again…why are we surprised?
This is what these people believe. On this issue, the R’s are wholly captive to the religious right. They have enshrined it in their platform…the abortion plank calls for its abolition with no exceptions, including rape, incest and life of the mother. Repeat, no exceptions. Their Vice-Presidential candidate has also publicly stated that he believes in no exceptions for rape victims and has, in fact, called rape just “another form of conception”. Twelve…count ’em, twelve…of the R’s candidates for Senate have refused to allow any exceptions for rape or incest.
Why do we not believe them? Why do we not take them at their word? Even though Governor Romney says he would allow exceptions for rape and incest, are we foolish enough to believe that, should a Republican Congress send him a ban with no exceptions, a President Romney would not sign it?
This is what the R’s believe. This is what they will do if they are elected. We must do everything we can to make sure they are not elected.