Friday, August 24, 2012

"Legitimate Rape" Issue is Romney Policy, Not Akin's

American Right To Life Shows Absurdity of Rape Exception

DENVERAug. 24, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Ironically, it is the implementation of Mitt Romney's abortion policy," says the American Right To Life research directorDarrell Birkey, "that would require determining whether or not there was a 'legitimate' rape."

"Missouri's U.S. Senate Candidate Todd Akin advocates the personhood position of killing no child, regardless of whether or not her father was a criminal," says ARTL Action president Jefferson George. "However, Mitt Romney himself wrote an op-ed recently in National Review saying that he opposes abortion but not for 'instances of rape'. So it is not Akin, but Mitt Romney, whose unworkable policy would require determining whether there was a 'legitimate' rape."

Agreeing with American Right To Life is the longtime vice president of the nation's first-ever "right to life" group. "Mitt Romney's criticism of congressman Akin was self-condemning," said Colorado Right To Life's Leslie Hanks. As campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said, "Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape." Hanks added, "So the Romney campaign admits that their own policy, unless it's just phony, requires some kind of determination of rape. They're the 'legitimate rape' team."

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