I got this from John Avlon’s piece over at the Daily Beast, “The Tea Party Abortion Doctrine”. Candace Straight, the national co-chairwoman for the Republican Majority for Choice, had the following to say about the absolutist abortion policy espoused by the Tea Party candidates:
“The history of the GOP has always been about responsible policy and limited government. There is no policy more irresponsible and out of line with that history than allowing the government to ban personal reproductive choices even for women who have been raped... The fact that the new rising stars of the GOP are pushing this platform is not only scary, it could be a fatal blow for our hopes of recapturing the mainstream middle.”
The whole of Avlon’s piece is worth reading, so I’d urge you to scoot on over there to have a read.
As an addendum to this, I just thought I’d also include this bit from the RMfC website about the 20 Worst States For Personal Freedom, in which legislatures
“have passed various deceptive initiatives that nearly all block access to the full range of reproductive health options. Many of these state laws are so extreme that they are deemed unconstitutional by state and federal courts because they lack the proper exceptions and safeguards in emergency situations to preserve the life of a woman, while others have been found to create an undue burden to a woman.”
The offending states: Alabama, Arkansas, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North & South Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia.
The site goes on to list and explain the offending laws in these states, and it makes for troubling reading. It is certainly one of the many hypocrisies of the ‘small-government’ Republican Party that they feel the need for government to legislate what women can and can’t do with their own bodies and especially their own reproductive systems.
Anyway, I just thought the site was interesting, and I’d never heard of it before.