Newt Gingrich defends Mourdock, says women need to “get over it”

Again, it never ceases to amaze me how much men like to talk about abortion, and limiting – or, eliminating – women’s access to it. And there’s no shortage of them.

First, Todd Akin, a congressman running for the U.S Senate, who said rape survivors don’t need abortions because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Then, an Iowa congressman seeking re-election said that he hasn’t “heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way,” when asked about whether a 12-year-old rape victim should have access to an abortion.

Joe Walsh, an Illinois incumbent, preached “you can’t find one instance” where abortion is necessary to protect a woman’s life or health. He continued to say that “there is no such exception as life of the mother.”

And then there’s Richard Mourdock, a GOP Senate nominee who declared that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

Hear that ladies? The GOP is effectively telling you that you don’t matter. They care more about your uterus and your ability to procreate than they care about you. You are an incubator, nothing more. These men aren’t just Republican fringe candidates, either. They are influential men within the party. Even Romney’s Veep choice, Paul Ryan, has an anti-abortion record and has tried to limit women’s access to abortion, or eliminate it altogether. Ryan doesn’t even allow for exceptions for incest or rape.

Here’s Newt Gingrich defending Mourdock over the weekend:

Shame on all of them.


2 Comments on “Newt Gingrich defends Mourdock, says women need to “get over it””

  1. luvtosmock says:

    Morning Lisa:

    Thank you for keeping the focus on this issue! Really!

    Two things: First, although your references are all GOP old grey-faced white men, those same comments can be heard throughout Canada (most especially within the hallowed halls of the Harperite government) made by the exact same grey-faced old white men! Second, did you catch this piece in yesterday’s NYTimes? It has loads of fun facts but the one that most horrified me was “(Don’t even mention that rapists can assert parental rights in 31 states.)”

    http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/opinion/sunday/dowd-Of-Mad-Men-Mad-Women-and-Meat-Loaf.html?nl=todaysheadlines&emc=edit_th_20121028

    Women need to stay focussed on what is being done to them right before their eyes and, in some cases, with their blessing.

    Great piece, Lisa, and thanks again!

    Pam.

  2. MoS says:

    Well Newt has certainly “gotten over” more than a few women in his time. The lunatics are running the asylum – and they’re armed to the teeth.


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