Romney-Ryan Campaign Vows Not to Oppose Abortion in Cases of Rape, Incest and Life of the Mother

On the heels of comments made by United States Representative Todd Akin outlining his beliefs that in cases of rape, the perpetrator should be punished instead of the preborn baby, the Romney-Ryan campaign has swiftly released a statement denouncing Akin’s stance.

“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement,” Romney campaign spokesperson Amanda Henneberg wrote on behalf of the Republican ticket. “A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney further rebuked Akin in an interview with National Review Online, calling the professing Christian’s remarks “inexcusable.”

“Congressman Akin’s comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong,” Romney stated. “Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”

Brendan Buck, press secretary for the Romney-Ryan campaign, also told Christian News Network that while Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan disagree on which exceptions to abortion are permissible, they have come to a compromise under the heading of the campaign.

“[T]he position of the campaign is not to oppose abortion in the cases of rape, incest, and to protect the life of the mother,” he advised. “Congressman Ryan’s personal beliefs provide only a life of the mother exception, but the position of the Romney-Ryan campaign also allows exceptions in the case of race or incest.”

While Romney has stated that he has changed his position on abortion since running for governor as being fully pro-choice, he has still caused concern among pro-life groups for his current positions. Keith Mason of Personhood USA outlined that last year, when all presidential candidates were asked to to sign the organization’s “personhood statement,” Barack Obama and Mitt Romney were the only two candidates to refuse to do so.

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Additionally, some are pointing out that Romney seems to be flip-flopping on his position regarding whether life should be protected from conception.

During a September 5, 20011 debate hosted by CNN, the Republican presidential candidate was asked, “Now, as someone who believes in the inherent and equal dignity of all members of the human family including the child in the womb, would you as president propose to Congress appropriate legislation pursuant to the 14th Amendment to protect human life in all stages and conditions?”

“Now, is there a constitutional path to have the Congress say we’re going to push aside the decision of the Supreme Court and we instead are going to step forward and return to the states this power or put in place our own views on abortion?” Romney replied. “That would create obviously a constitutional crisis. Could that happen in this country? Could there be circumstances where that might occur? I think it’s reasonable that something of that nature might happen someday. That’s not something I would precipitate.”

However, a few weeks later on Mike Huckabee’s FOX News television broadcast, when he was asked, “Would you have supported the constitutional amendment that would have established the definition of life at conception?” Romney responded, “Absolutely.”

“I believe he’s making a half-hearted attempt at even verifying his pro-life conservative credentials,” stated Mason.

Last year, former Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry announced that he had changed his mind about supporting exceptions to abortion after meeting a woman named Rebecca Kiessling at a showing of the film “The Gift of Life.” Keissling’s mother had been raped in the parking lot of a local grocery store, and put her up for adoption after giving birth.

“Looking in her eyes, I couldn’t come up with an answer to defend exceptions for rape and incest,” Perry stated.

Opponents to abortion in the case of the life of the mother are also quick to point out that such instances are non-existent. They cite that in situations where a mother’s life is at risk in any way, such as preeclampsia, the baby is delivered early, but is never aborted.

Ms. Smith Anderson, press secretary for Representative Paul Ryan, declined comment and deflected to the Romney-Ryan campaign for clarification.


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