Anti-abortion movement stands by 'no exceptions' orthodoxy amid controversy
In the decades after the Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision ensured legal protection for abortion procedures nationwide, the anti-abortion movement was initially uncompromising in advocating across-the-board abortion bans at the state and national level.
August 22nd, 2012
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Anti-abortion movement stands by 'no exceptions' orthodoxy amid controversy

(CNN) – Both Todd Akin’s claim that women’s bodies can prevent contraception in cases of “legitimate rape” and the GOP’s newly-adopted platform language calling for a constitutional ban on abortion have provoked controversy for largely the same reason: They showcase the belief that all abortions should be illegal, without exception.

But even as Democrats and abortion rights groups use the controversies to reinforce allegations of a Republican-led “war on women,” don’t expect the anti-abortion movement to back away from calls for all abortions to be illegal – even for women impregnated by rape or incest.


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  1. Sniffit

    Brass tacks: 20% of the country that wants abortion banned in all circumstances wants the other 75% of the country to obey beliefs, whether they agree with that 20% of the country or not.

    August 22, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |

    Roe v. Wade is settled law. These pro-lifers need to get over it. If they're so against abortion, they should be promoting abstinece or safe sex. Imposing your religious beliefs on those who don't share your ideology is not American! Move to Iran.

    August 22, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  3. Mark

    The right has painted themselves into a corner.
    Ryan and the RNC are WAY TOO far to the right....but because Mitt is a gutless one really believes anything he says.

    Now boy wonder lyan ryan is being forced to flip-flop and run away from his own record.

    You are better off owning it and standing up for what you believe over flip-flopping to pander.

    August 22, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  4. rs

    Good, they should stand by it. Their radicalism will be their undoing. The majority of Americans find abortion distastefull, but agree that there have to be exceptions- like for rape and incest, and for the health of the mother.
    To do otherwise places the government betweena woman and her doctor, and ;the rapist and his child above the victim and her rights.

    The crazy mythological medical stuff (that Akins promotes) we can't fix- that is ingorance. The GOP needs to reign in that branch of their party.

    August 22, 2012 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  5. keltic1

    When tax payers had to start paying for it the numbers went anti.

    August 22, 2012 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |

    "Ryan said Wednesday that he is 'comfortable' with Romney's exception to abortions in the case of rape or incest. . ."
    –Washington Post.

    Looks like a flip flop to me.

    August 22, 2012 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |

    My tax payer money pass for lying wars! I don't believe in WAR!

    August 22, 2012 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  8. Hahahahahahaha

    If the republicans try to change Medicare to a "Voucher" system, I hope the democrats attach a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause to the legislation. The old people are going to need it. Hahahahaha.

    August 22, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  9. george of the jungle

    the people that keep passing these bills are the same ones that go skinny dipping in the sea of galilee. Such hipocracy from the party of No Stay out of womans health care completly. Vote all repos out. Forward 2012 these people believe in junk science. They make it up as they go. Paulie and Mitt believe in all this and have backed bills now they are flip flopping why trust these two clowns. Have seen both on tape saying person hood bill is good and against abortion even cases of rape and incest. Keep lying guys.

    August 22, 2012 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  10. Al-NY,NY

    religious fanatics are the American Taliban

    August 22, 2012 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  11. RealityBites

    The flag flying at half staff over this story must be a salute to the 4 million babies mutilated and discarded each year.
    39 yrs X 4 million = 156 million babies since 1973. Most from mindlessly selfish little girls..

    August 22, 2012 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  12. Peggy-TX

    The Catholic Church since its incarnation 300 years after the death of our Lord Jesus, has exercised its power, often, to subjugate women. First by dictating what books were taught in Churches and also by removing women from leadership positions held at that time. Thus, it should not be a surprise that the Church still acts to subjugates women, to diminish their significant, God-given-role, in the creation process. What the Church is promoting limits the power of females to select when they create a new human being and whom they wish to comingle their DNA. The Church also wants to punish women, who are promiscuous or use their seductive power over men. They want women who are rapped to be blamed and be punished by society. In the Churches eyes these women are just collateral damage .. unimportant in the whole scheme of things... word of warning ... all is pleasant and wonderful until, you or a love one is the collateral damage.

    It is extremely important that American Women do NOT allow a few old men in the Senate and Congress to dictate laws that limit all women’s personal options, but instead make sure that to get elected, politicians must keep Government out of birth control issues and instead, act as Jesus would, and provide affordable health care for women and their children.

    August 22, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  13. CNN Fan

    I wondering about the great nation of freedom on earth will say the abortion is illegal..???. if this nation is under GOP leadership....all women rights will go back to beginning of the woman right sad ...

    August 22, 2012 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  14. Peggy-TX

    It sounds so deceiptively nobal to care about potential babies disgraded by women who do not want to have babies. Lairs... every one of you. If you truly cared about life, then promote better heath care for all, if you care about the unborn, then provide the mothers more options to allow them to keep thier children. The rate of rape in the country is exteemely high and often igored (Example #1 Alaska). Prosecute rape!!!. Bottom line, no women should have to discuss the morality of her decisions about her body with a Government offcial. Motherhood is blessed only b/c it is volentary. The Government does not own the womans body, nor does the state own the unborn children. Preach all you want about the sin of abortion, but do NOT make laws that limit a women options.

    August 22, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. Hahahahahahaha

    Peggy – The GOP still think the Sun revolves around the Earth. And I can't seem to convince them otherwise. Maybe their science guy. Akin, can help me out. Hahahahahahaha

    August 22, 2012 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  16. Thomas Guerra

    Pro death penalty and pro protecting rapists's offspring. This is what the Republican party gets for taking the path of zealotry and extremism. Try justifying both positions without contradicting your so-called principles.

    August 22, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |