Don’t read this if you don’t want to; I understand.
It seems to me incoherent to oppose abortion in some cases. If abortion destroys a human child, then it’s wrong, even if the child’s father is a rapist. If abortion does not destroy a human child, then on what basis would the government restrict it in any way?
That said, abortion clearly does destroy a human child. I oppose abortion unconditionally, and I refuse to vote for anyone who does not oppose abortion unconditionally. It might be reasonable for a politician to oppose abortion, but support a bill that outlaws it except in cases of rape, because he thinks it’s better to pass that bill than to fail to pass a better bill. It is not reasonable to maintain that a woman has a right to abortion in cases of rape, but has no right to abortion just because she wants one.
CBS News quotes Mitt Romney saying:
“‘My position has been clear throughout this campaign,’ Romney said. ‘I’m in favor of abortion being legal in the case of rape and incest, and the health and life of the mother.'” — Romney: My views on abortion rights are clear
That’s not clear to me. Does he maintain a woman has a right to abortion in those cases? or does he support a bill that would outlaw all abortions except in those cases? Or what exactly? I don’t think he wants to be clear. He wants opponents of abortion to vote for him because he’s against it sometimes, and supporters of abortion to vote for him because he’s for it sometimes.
President Obama is clear on this. If you’re in favor of abortion, Obama is your guy. He’s in favor of unrestricted abortion, even if the child is born alive. That’s appallingly wicked, but he has been clear; and make no mistake, I won’t be voting for President Obama for that reason; though there are other reasons not to vote for him; trillions of reasons, if you know what I mean.
Still, as I’ve said elsewhere, I’m not that keen on the Republicans in the legislature, or on Mitt Romney. If it’s a choice between letting Obama drive us over the cliff at 60, or letting Romney drive us over at 30, I’d about as soon have Obama drive.
But the bottom line is, if Romney doesn’t oppose abortion, I’m not voting for him.