Archive for May 10th, 2008

The Republican He-Man Woman-Haters Club

First the Republicans voted against Mother’s Day, and now we get this handy little reminder of how they feel about women:

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., faces enormous pressure from social conservatives to ignore his repeated commitment to change the GOP’s platform on abortion.

“If he were to change the party platform,” to account for exceptions such as rape, incest or risk to the mother’s life, “I think that would be political suicide,” said Tony Perkins, the president of the conservative Family Research Council, to ABC News. “I think he would be aborting his own campaign because that is such a critical issue to so many Republican voters and the Republican brand is already in trouble.”

A senior Republican close to McCain told ABC News that building a more inclusive GOP is a top priority for the Arizona senator.

But this adviser does not see changing the party platform to include exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother as necessary for achieving that vision.

The problem for McCain, however, is that he excoriated then-Gov. George W. Bush during a 2000 debate for not being willing to make this change to the platform, and Democrats are salivating at the prospect of arguing, in the words of one strategist, “that another four years of Bush begins with another four years of Bush’s platform.”


While McCain has not addressed the abortion platform since becoming the presumed Republican nominee, he reaffirmed his desire to change the GOP’s official abortion stance following a multicandidate forum that took place in Des Moines, Iowa, April 14, 2007.


While leaving the platform untouched would please many in the GOP’s socially conservative base, it could alienate some of the more moderate voters that McCain hopes to woo.

“If he doesn’t change the platform, then he’s being the same kind of hypocrite that he accused Bush of being in 2000,” said Jennifer Blei Stockman, the co-chairwoman of Republican Majority for Choice. “To not accept abortion in cases of rape and incest, give me a break. That’s sick. That’s inhumane.”

“And the life of the mother?” she added. “These are things that we can’t even put our arms around because they are so inhumane.”


Stockman said that McCain’s team is ignoring his previous commitments on this issue and is intentionally downplaying his clout.

“If McCain chooses not to revise the platform, I think he will say it’s ‘the system’ and he will try to distance himself from it,” said Stockman. “But he absolutely has the power to change it.”

“Many people think of him as a moderate,” she said. “But when it comes out that he doesn’t want to change this extreme, right-wing Republican platform, the word ‘moderate’ is going to disappear from any description of McCain.”

It’s hard to say for sure just what position McCain is going to take, if any.  But it’s incredible that the religious right/social conservative wing of the GOP is so totally adamant about allowing exceptions for rape, incest, or the life of the mother.  And far from being on the fringes of the party, that stance is the official GOP platform on abortion.

So if you get raped, the GOP says, Tough shit, you still have to have the baby – even if the rapist is your own father.  If the pregnancy or the birth will KILL YOU, the GOP says, Hey, sucks for you – but isn’t Life a wonderful thing?

I thought the Republicans were supposed to be the party that keeps Americans safe, but I guess that only applies to men.

(h/t Twolf)

2 comments May 10th, 2008 at 03:00pm Posted by Eli

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