August 22, 2012

WHAT HATH AKIN WROUGHT? Democratic Convention To Become Celebration of Abortion Rights.

With an eye on Rep. Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments and the GOP’s mad dash away from the sinking Missouri Senate candidate, the Democrats are turning their upcoming presidential convention into a pro-choice assault on the Republicans with the help of major abortion supporters.

Just as the Akin crisis was reaching a crescendo, the Democrats on Wednesday announced that three starlets of the pro-choice movement will be featured at the convention, an event that will now drive the liberal charge that the Republicans are anti-women.

Democrats said that they will feature Cecile Richards, president of the Planned Parent Action Fund, Nancy Keenan, president of the NARAL Pro-Choice America and Sandra Fluke, the Georgetown University student whose plea for federal birth control funding drew the ire–and a subsequent apology–from Rush Limbaugh.

What’s more, the Democrats are expanding their list of women ready to assail the GOP on women’s issue, adding Maryland Sen. Barbara Mikulski and actress Eva Longoria to the list that already includes Sen. John Kerry and Massachusetts Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren.

Hmm. Of course, the “legitimate rape” bit isn’t the part that mattered in Akin’s remarks. Everybody agrees that there’s “legitimate rape” and non-legitimate rape. For example, when Bill Clinton is charged with rape, that’s non-legitimate.

On a more serious note, both pro- and anti-abortion groups are focusing on the “legitimate rape” part because it distracts from the very issue Akin himself was trying to hide from: What about pregnancy that results from rape? Akin doesn’t want to confront that this happens, which is why he put forth his dumb rape-doesn’t-cause-pregnancy theory. Pro-choicers, for the most part, don’t want to confront that an abortion that happens after a rape is still just as much an abortion as one that happens because nobody bothered with birth control.

I think both sides should own it. Stand in your truth and be straightforward about what you really believe.

Meanwhile, I’ve got my DNC wardrobe together. And I was just complaining that I had nothing to wear! Plus, an abortion-politics flashback to 2008, in which I explain why men have a right to abortions, too.

Related: Naomi Schaefer Riley: Why do we never hear about “pro-choice extremists?” What, my “abortion rights for men” campaign doesn’t count?

I mean, surely that beats this.

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