The day after Rep. Trent Franks pulled a Todd Akin, senators speaking at the Faith and Freedom Coalition conference breathed barely a word about abortion—and not a peep about contraception.
The state may have elected an anti-choice majority, but that doesn’t mean they want their politicians to outlaw abortion.
Faced with polls saying that eight in 10 Americans think abortion should be legal when a pregnancy results from rape, anti-choice activists are actually pushing for more public discussion of the issue. It’s part of a long-term campaign to try to change Americans’ minds and to bring the country closer to banning abortion in nearly all cases.
Although Mourdock didn’t win a senate seat, that’s small consolation for the women in the state who still need access to abortion and family planning services.
Anti-choice groups don’t think their candidates are too extreme, they just need to be better trained.
The party continues to struggle for its own identity.
Rape, and other forms of violence and abuse such as birth control sabotage or pregnancy coercion, are acts that seek to strip power from women and inhibit their decisionmaking. This election-year, where are the real conversations about violence against women, not just idiotic statements about rape?
In the last day of campaigning, both Akin and Mourdock and looking to spin comments about rape victims into positives.
With just days to go until the election, neither side is willing to let the other take advantage over the comments made by an Indiana senate candidate.
Richard Mourdock argued in a debate that women who have been raped should not have access to abortion services because their pregnancies are a “gift from god.” As a survivor of childhood sexual violence, I disagree with him completely.