Yesterday, the GOP Convention voted in favor of a party platform that supported banning abortion. This came on the heels of a CNN poll released late last week that showed that the vast majority of Americans favored either very limited legality or complete illegality of abortion. For once, the GOP seems to be making a statement and sticking to it.
What is particularly interesting about this decision is that the GOP has essentially taken Todd Akin’s position and not Mitt Romney’s. However ineloquently it was stated, Akin’s position is one of total pro-life, while Romney’s is a compromise. The majority of respondents in the CNN poll claimed that the life or health of the mother or the instance of pregnancy by rape or incest should be grounds for a legal abortion. Todd Akin disagreed, which is, in reality, the consistent pro-life position. Romney tends to side with the poll respondents. Now it appears that the GOP is siding overwhelmingly with Akin. Good for them. Maybe Republicans are finally getting sick of the media dictating to them what they are allowed to believe (but I’m not holding my breath just yet).
What has been strikingly silent in this whole sad Akin debacle is the very person who doesn’t yet have a voice: the baby. Akin made it clear (OK, maybe he didn’t) that assassinating the baby for an unplanned pregnancy—whether it is due to rape, incest, or immaculate conception—is like killing bank patrons for being at the bank during a heist. It is totally and completely illogical. Why does a baby need to die every time a woman is involved in a less than desirable relationship? Rape is wrong; on that we can all agree. But murder on top of rape is even “wronger.” And two wrongs never make a right, even when liberals are conducting the math lesson.
If the GOP is really saying what they mean here, this could be a watershed moment for the future of this country. Abortion has been a blight on the American political landscape for far too long, and it is high time one of the major parties said “Enough is enough.” I hope that this is that time. I am especially encouraged that the platform was voted through “emphatically.” Until the GOP gets together on what exactly it means by “pro-life” it can never be together on any other issue. This issue is fundamental to all the others, and definitions and re-definitions about when and when not to be “pro-life” only serves to muddy the waters of nearly every other issue. Pro-life is pro-life, emotional argumentation and women’s health issues notwithstanding.
Perhaps now that the GOP has voted in this direction to alter its official platform, it can also issue an apology to Todd Akin for running when he needed them most. It’s one thing to approve of the platform when you’re surrounded by like-minded individuals, but what about when you’re surrounded by the wolves in the media? Akin worded his answer poorly, but his thinking was in the right direction. Now that the GOP has basically voiced its support for Akin, maybe they can also help him with his (and their) future wording. We are not anti-women; we are pro-life. We are for something before we are against something. We are for babies; we are not for killing babies. It’s really that simple.