Akin’s anti-Choice bills were co-sponsored by…Paul Ryan.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Aug 22, 2012
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The Coat Hanger becomes the symbol of the moment.

It’s almost like the once-Grand Ol’Party is trying to lose the support of moderates and independents.

The official Republican party position is ‘no exceptions for rape’ [or incest], and Romney/Ryan officially represent that position.

Update: “NO CHOICE
More Than 40 Republican Candidates Oppose Abortion In Cases Of Rape, Incest.”

Update: Rachel Maddow (MSNBC): “The official republican party position is ‘no exceptions for rape’, and Romney/Ryan should be held accountable for that position.

Updates: “Todd Akin, Paul Ryan, and Redefining Rape — The Missouri congressman pushed a bill—along with the GOP vice-presidential candidate—to prohibit taxpayer-funded abortions for rape victims.”

“Ryan Refuses To Say Abortions Should Be Available To Women Who Are Raped.”

“The Akin and the damage done: His Anti-Abortion Bills were Co-sponsored by Paul Ryan.”


“The coathanger is a political statement. It’s cutesy, but it’s a political statement.

If pro-life politicians have their way, we’re going to see a regression to older, more unsafe forms of abortion. You can’t keep it safe and neat when you’re not funded, much less not legal. Their laws won’t stop abortion, it would only make it more dangerous and cause the deaths of many women who go for an abortion regardless.

That’s not very pro-life of them, at all.”

GOP’s official Platform announced: No Exceptions in case of Rape.

the GOP announced that there will be no rape exception (indeed no exceptions at all) in their new national platform of anti-choice politics…People SHOULD BE shocked and horrified and disturbed and nauseous over the idea of returning to a time in America when women were forced to this absolute cruelest of medical procedures (abortion via coat hanger). People should be pissed, and notice I don’t say “women should be pissed” – PEOPLE. HUMAN BEINGS. Those of us who are breathing should be pissed that one of our own – millions of our own, half of our population – will be put in danger because of positively medieval thinking on behalf of the most removed-from-reality politicians of the GOP.”


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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom


29 Responses to “Akin’s anti-Choice bills were co-sponsored by…Paul Ryan.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Valli Rose Price All about control!!! Women wake up and demand your rights! Get out and vote for your rights! Obama/Biden. 2012
    15 minutes ago via mobile · Like · 1
    Martha Koper Conway Why does the baby in the womb not have any rights?
    13 minutes ago · Unlike · 1
    elephantjournal.com Martha, thanks for your respectful point. I would personally say that all life has rights: but that the GOP seems to be passionate about the rights of life up until birth—and not including time in the hospital. Where is the GOP's "Christ-like" compassion for the poor, for our soldiers, sent again and again into battle without adequate healthcare when they return? Where is our concern for the raped mother (and her family)? Where is our concern for children subjected to incest? Where is our concern for the banning of guns clearly not appropriate for hunting, or anything other than crime or warfare?

    Our modern GOP's priorities seem so inconsistent as to be insincere.

  2. Mark Ledbetter says:

    I really hate to say the abortion amendment is unimportant. But it actually is. Aside from the fact that it’ll never pass, there are three much bigger issues that are pretty much ignored while we boil our blood over the relatively small issues. Those are:

    1. War and the military-industrial-congressional complex.
    2. Millions incarcerated for victimless crimes.
    3. Looming financial collapse from ballooning government debt.

    Any difference between Obama and Romney on these three issues is minor. You can only find meaningful differences by going to less important issues like abortion. Or maybe you want to vote for someone who is culturally and intellectually more like you; O and R differ there, too. But if you are concerned about issues of major importance, the Reps and Dems offer us no choice. If you want to vote for peace, freedom, and a future for our children, Gary Johnson of the Libertarian Party is the only choice.

    I know Y.H. has said several times on Ele threads that a vote for Johnson is a vote for Romney. And that’s worth considering. But also consider this… Both Reps and Dems have determined that there are only 5 or 6 states in play this time around, all other states are firmly locked in for O or R. So, unless you live in one of those 5 or 6, a vote for either Obama or Romney is a wasted vote and a wasted chance. Johnson isn’t going to win any states but a vote for Johnson is an important symbolic statement for Peace and Freedom. A vote for Obama or Romney is a vote for war.

  3. arthur says:

    the gop is running for 2016. obama "won" a 2nd term by supporting the system as it is. so naturally no decent republican is going to subject themselves to a loss, and why ryan was selected, and why the obama camp has been half assed in their campaign.
    jill stein http://www.jillstein.org/ is running on the green party ticket, but is only on the ballot in 30 states so far. we prefer her to Johnson, but we'd vote for him if it looked like he had a chance.

  4. YogaForLiberty says:

    We had 8 years of Bush, and I'm pretty sure they didn't touch abortion. You guys are radicals. You all think If the GOP wins, they're bringing back slavery and banning abortion. Grow up. Obama used to campaign on Ideas on uniting people. Now after 4 years of the true Obama, dirty attacks is only way he can win.

  5. It's totally classic that on a post about what men still see as "woman's issue" (and it's not, it's a HUMAN issue), that the talk quickly turns to a bunch of guys nattering on about The Fed, interest rates, Benjamin Fulford and Gitmo.

    I find this totally offensive.

    While these are GREAT topics, it would be really nice to see a group of men discussing the issue at hand, and why this whole situation re: abortion rights is TOTALLY FUCKED UP. And for the person who thinks this just a 'tactic' that 'won't ever pass' – do some reading. The legislation limiting women's choices in the context of their bodies has ALREADY been incredibly curtailed over the past years.

    THIS is the issue here and it is, honestly, more important than all of the above political ideas – because it affects the poorest, least enfranchised, least-represented members of our society. It takes their ability to decide something fundamental about their lives out the window.

    But I guess you just don't care that much if it's not your body, your time, your life that gets sucked down the tubes when you have to carry and birth a kid, whether you are physically or mentally ready and able, or want to care for a kid. Because even Liberal men think "Doesn't every woman want to be a mother?" (NO) and "Motherhood is so natural, part of the order of things," and other such crap. Since you get to choose to be a father or not – even if you have a child – you will never get this issue. And you don't need to – just listen to the women and respect their decisions. This is just another example of men talking over women.

    Goddam am I SICK of that shit.

  6. bobcat says:

    No woman wants to abort period. A true pro-lifer should never put a pressure on women who are in the position to choose the horrible option. if you think women just love to have abortion you need some real loving from women (and men) in your life. Give us a break. Do what you want with your body and let me and my fellow sisters do what we need to.

    And why the funk did they not come up with the morning before pills for men? Notice how all the birth control drugs are for women? I have taken the morning after pill. It was horrible for my body and I would never do it again. Men get to wear thin layer of plastic with no side effects. That's it. Oppression of women is a norm. It's about time some crazy old fool exposes himself and his paternal club. They and their oppressed women are the fake pro-lifers. Similar to how the SuperPACs call themselves Citizens United. What morons.

  7. Susi says:

    Damn….who would have thought so many elected officials are would be so eager to take women’s rights away? Besides, aren’t these the guys who want to take food stamps away from already-born children? And now they think we need more unwanted people?? Very strange stance. On a more serious note, I had a baby in 1971 who died specifically BECAUSE abortion was illegal in my state at that time. It makes me crazy/angry/sad to think that this is a possibility again.

  8. bobcat says:

    However ineffective Obama has been, call me old fashion, but I am proud to have him as my president. He is not a corporate/billionaire whore like so many before him and those running against him.

  9. Mark Ledbetter says:

    Starre (and Bobcat and Susi?), yes the abortion issue is extremely important. But even "extremely" is not enough to make it close to the "big three" above.

    War is just simply the worst thing outside of death camps that governments do to people. Unjust jailing (what we're doing to millions of mostly poor minority men) is better than war but not by a whole lot, and might actually be worse to those directly affected. Out-of-control spending is finally coming to a head, as it must. You can't thumb your nose at reality forever. Worse case scenario, and not all that unlikely, is financial collapse, which will make everything "good" the government does impossible to pay for. Best case scenario is that we are saddling future generations with mountains of debt. They will have to pay us for our desire to have it all, while they get nothing from soc sec, medicaid, and most of what they have been promised. That's simple financial reality that has nothing to do with party affiliation. Political parties cannot rewrite physical laws, as southern Europe is finding out right now.

    Abortion is important. Gay marriage rights are important. Most of the "designated issues" are important. But they pale in importance compared to the big three. Yet neither party talks about them. The American Empire, American Gulag, and astronomical debt levels are hardly issues for either the Dems or Reps. At best, they only quibble about the details.

  10. bobcat says:

    Thanks Dave for showing the emotional maturity many including myself often lacked in discussions personal or public. My husband has pointed out the same issue with men being dealt the hard hand of being in the frontline. I think we are all agreeing that nobody is pro-abortion. I am just not anti-abortion. And I am with you on Mark's "big three". Though we perhaps disagree on who might best lead us out of the predicaments. I am not going to waste my vote on the third party candidate just to make a statement. I am voting for Obama becausehis respect him as a person of high integrity. I don't want to go back to a country viewed by all other countries as a bulldog or a world cop. And I definitely don't want a president who dictates women.

    Having said that I am curious how it would turn out with Romney leading the country. It could just be the tipping point we need in order to go forward. It has to get worse before it gets better as they say.

  11. seaglass17 says:

    Why do people continually use the ridiculous phrase "rape or incest"? Incest is almost exclusively RAPE. For consenting adults who are related who willingly and knowingly interact, well I just don't know what to say about that…but to separate incest from rape is beyond absurd.

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