Post Ryan soul mate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment that exposed the Republican Party’s true agenda and anti-women policies of the last several years, the Obama campaign has a new ad out in which women who used to be Republicans explain why they are not voting Republican in this election. They say, “This is personal now.”
Women explain why they can no longer support the Republican Party:
The women tell us:
“I don’t even want to think about them having control, as a woman I don’t.”
“If you truly believe in a small government. That government shouldn’t be deciding what I can and cannot do with my own body.”
“There is no way on God’s green earth that I would consider voting Republican.”
“If you’re a conservative woman, and you believe in small government, then Barack Obama is your candidate because he’s keeping the government out of the decisions that should remain between you and God, and you and your own conscience.”
The Republican Party’s abortion platform is so anti women that it makes no exception, even in cases of rape, incest or life of the mother. Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan said when asked if it should it be legal for a woman to be able to get an abortion if she’s been raped, “the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.”
The Republican Party has doubled down on their radical personhood agenda, which is the only way they can justify the cruel, draconian policies that they’ve been pushing for years now. Todd Akin only exposed the issue to the public, who may have missed the mountain of Republican legislation criminalizing contraception, in vitro fertilization, abortion under all circumstances and in some cases miscarriages.
The Republican Party’s policy empowers rapists to choose the mother of their children by physically overtaking her and raping her, forcing her into being in his life for the life of the child. Rapists have legal rights to the children conceived via rape.
Freedom under the Republican party looks like forcing women to give birth after being raped, and even when a young girl has been molested by a family member.
Regardless of the flawed reasoning for their personhood policy, criminalizing abortion does nothing to reduce abortions. All it does is drive women to unsafe, illegal options that can be deadly. It’s only logical to wonder what their true agenda is, since the path they are taking does nothing to reduce abortion, but does endanger women’s lives.
If the Republican Party were truly pro-life, they would support women who chose to have a child by addressing the real life obstacles women face, such as poverty, no child care, no healthcare, etc. They would incentivize childbirth instead of punishing women for having the ability to get pregnant.
But Republicans have been cutting funding that helps actual children, while criminalizing abortion and even some forms of contraception. Now they are on record as thinking women should be forced by the Republican Party to give birth even if they’ve been raped.
This issue highlights the utter lack of morality of the modern day Republican Party. They are anti women and children, and that is hardly pro-family or pro-life.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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