Republicans far and wide have poured scorn on Rep Todd Akin (R-Mo.) for his factually inaccurate claims about rape — Akin said that abortion should be banned in all cases because rape victims rarely, if ever, get pregnant — thrusting the conservative wing's extreme anti-abortion stance into the national spotlight. But Akin's views on abortion may not be so different from his party's. In fact, the GOP is preparing a platform that would call for a "human life amendment" to the Constitution, which would ban all abortions, even in cases of rape, incest, and when the mother's life is in danger. "Faithful to the 'self-evident' truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed," reads a draft of the party platform obtained by CNN. "We support a human life amendment to the Constitution and endorse legislation to make clear that the Fourteenth Amendment's protections apply to unborn children." (The Fourteenth Amendment was enacted in 1868 to give blacks the same rights as whites in the aftermath of the Civil War.) Mitt Romney does not support an absolute ban on abortions, and would clearly rather argue about the weak economy than engage in this culture war battle. But does the party's platform prove that Akin's views are in line with the GOP's — and that Romney is the odd man out?
Yes. The GOP has no tolerance for abortion: Akin is "in the mainstream of the Republican Party" on the issue of abortion, says Jamelle Bouie at The American Prospect. The GOP wants an "America where abortion is outlawed in all instances: no exceptions for rape, no exceptions for incest, and no exceptions for medical emergency." A human life amendment would create a "world where abortions are deadly and more women are forced to carry the children of their rapists." And the party's stance is not just "empty language — 236 House Republicans voted for the Protect Life Act" in 2011, "which would have the same effect" as a human life amendment.
"The GOP wants to make this Todd Akin's world"
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