Why this matters. The original version of HR 358, the one co-sponsored by VP nominee Paul Ryan and Rep Todd Akin, tried to redefine the rape exception in the bill to only cover "forceable rape" in the belief that women would claim they were "raped" just to get an abortion. Since, as Rep Akin has reminded us, women can't get pregnant from forceable rape - and Rep Akin is not the only one who believes this btw - the ammendment would close the "rape loophole". (You can't make this stuff up.) Also, the official Republican convention platform includes an anti abortion plank with no exception for rape. In other words, what Rep Todd Akin said the other day was only outrageous in the sense that he just wasn't supposed to say that stuff out loud. It's what the Republican Party is thinking, they just don't want you to realize that.
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