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What's Good for the Noose is Good for the Pander

Michael2502 Wrote: Nov 16, 2012 5:57 PM
Here's the reason rejecting the rape/incest exception is so unbelievably stupid: r/i exceptions account for only 1% of all abortions, with life-of-mother exceptions making up 0.5%. What idiot would see the abortion rate in this country drop from 800,000 to 4,000 per year, but would NOT accept seeing it drop from 800,000 to 12,000 per year as a stepping-stone to 4,000 per year? Here's another reason it's stupid. Yes, people should only have to pay for their own mistakes. That's why we reject elective abortion: you spread your legs by your own choice, now you have to bear the consequences. But women who are raped or pressured into incest didn't make that choice. So there is a karmic argument that, hey, maybe we should make an exception here.

Recently, Ann Coulter wrote a controversial column suggesting that numerous Republican losses in the 2012 election cycle could be tied to the GOP stance on abortion. After lamenting the problem, she suggested a solution: the GOP should officially abandon its opposition to the so-called rape exception to a ban on abortion.

Ann's position on this matter is wrong for three reasons. First, it is unprincipled. Second, it will not be received with the popular support she envisions. Third, it is not the best political response to the problem. After elaborating on each problem associated with Ann's position, I propose an...