Another Romney Etch-A-Sketch moment: Romney campaign throws Rep. Todd Akin off the GOP yacht to swim with the sharks saying the Romney-Ryan administration wouldn’t oppose abortion in instances of rape, but didn’t Paul Ryan hold another position two weeks ago? He believes that abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape and incest. We all know how they flip-flop and backtrack.
CNN – A spokeswoman for Mitt Romney wrote late Sunday that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee and his running mate, U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, did not share Rep. Todd Akin’s sentiments on rape.
“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney Etch-A-Sketch Moment: Romney-Ryan Administration Wouldn’t Oppose Abortion in Instances of Rape Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg wrote.
Mother Jones has a great article about Paul Ryan and Todd Akin redefining rape:
Last year, Akin, vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and most of the House GOP co-sponsored a bill that would have narrowed the already-narrow exceptions to the laws banning federal funding for abortion—from all cases of rape to cases of “forcible rape.”
With the Sea of Galilee story and Rep. Todd Akin’s comments, the Republicans, Mitt Romney and his sidekick, the ‘bold’ vice presidential pick, Paul Ryan, have a tough week ahead of them. The problem isn’t really Mitt Romney, who has consistently said abortions should be allowed in cases of rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. Um, that’s if that’s still his position. He changes so many times, we’re not sure where he stands on the issue. The problem is his side-kick, Paul Ryan, and it will be interesting to see how this plays out tomorrow.
In 2011, Ryan co-sponsored a bill with Representative Akin called the “Sanctity of Human Life Act” that declares: “The life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood.” To ensure that citizens comport with that definition, the act would empower states to criminalize all abortion and some forms of birth control.
Here’s an interesting tweet from Morning Joe’s co-host Joe Scarborough:
Huge political storm cloud rising over Missouri and the Sea of Galilee for Romney and the GOP. They need to get ahead of both stories now.
— Joe Scarborough (@JoeNBC) August 20, 2012