Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill, a conservative Republican, now argues that there is never an instance when an abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother.
In fact, 64,000 ectopic pregnancies occur each year in the US, which typically do require that the fetus be aborted or otherwise the mother would die. That is 640,000 or over half a million a decade.
The Young Turks at Current TV have video:
Walsh’s comments are in line with an increasing tendency in the Republican Party to substitute a fantasy world for the real one, and to prefer ideology over reality.
Senatorial candidate from Missouri for the Republicans, Todd Akin, has said that rapists cannot make women pregnant.
Walsh and Akin start with wanting an absolute ban on abortion, and reason back from that commitment to a world in which rape victims never get pregnant and and mothers’ lives are never threatened by a pregnancy.
Why a lie would salve their consciences I’ll never understand.
Obama’s lead among women over 20 is driven in part by anxieties over the Republican plan to ban abortion.