Sunday, July 11, 2010

Right wing blogger thinks you're stupid

Prof. William A. Jacobson tries to pretty up the extreme anti-abortion views of Nevada Senate candidate and Tea Partier Sharron Angle.
On mulitple [sic] occasions, Angle has stated her personal belief that abortion is not justified because life starts at conception. Since Angle's view is that innocent life should not be taken, the circumstances of the conception make no difference. As a result, Angle's personal belief is that she would counsel even rape victims who become pregnant to consider carrying the child to term.

Angle's personal belief is shared by tens of millions of Americans, and is the position of Catholic Church among others.

Predictably, Harry Reid's supporters have tried to spin Angle alternatively as pro-rape or as someone who wants to force her view on rape victims.
First, no one is saying that Angle is "pro-rape," but Angle herself has clearly argued that abortion should not be legal under any circumstances. If she wins the Nevada Senate seat and works to try to create legislation which puts those beliefs into practice, that clearly equates to forcing her view on rape victims.

Jacobson suggests Angle has only delineated her "personal" views about abortion and that those views wouldn't necessarily translate to legislative intentions. But here's what Angle says about abortion on her own website.
Protection of Life

Sharron Angle believes all human life is precious, regardless of location, age, infirmity, or degree of dependence.

Sharron has been endorsed by Phyllis Schlafly, Life and Liberty PAC, and Concerned Women for America.
So are we meant to believe that Angle thinks she can "protect" "human life" by merely believing abortion is wrong? That seems unlikely, since she touts the support of Life and Liberty PAC, an anti-abortion which calls itself one of the "many organizations working for the day when no abortions are ever performed again in America" and was founded by a former Alan Keyes chief of staff Mary Lewis, who felt other pro-life groups weren't aggressive enough. And whom does the Life and Liberty PAC say it supports?
The right to life from conception to natural death is the foundation of all other rights, and Life & Liberty PAC works to support only candidates who are unequivocally committed in word and deed to the protection of all innocent life.
But support is one thing. Here are the words that came out of Sharron Angle's own mouth:
Manders: I, too, am pro life but I'm also pro choice, do you understand what I mean when I say that.

Angle: I'm pro responsible choice. There is choice to abstain choice to do contraception. There are all kind of good choices.

Manders: Is there any reason at all for an abortion?

Angle: Not in my book.

Manders: So, in other words, rape and incest would not be something -

Angle: You know, I'm a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things. (Audio)
That's very simple language to follow. Angle is stating that she does not support a woman's "choice" to have an abortion and that there is no reason for an abortion even in the case of rape or incest.

It is one thing for right wing pundits to admit they've been dealt a wild card by the Club For Growth nutters who supported Angle's win and her views are turning off even some traditionally Republican voters. After all, poll after poll shows that less than 20 percent of voters share Angle's belief that Abortion should be illegal in all cases. It's entirely another matter for a law professor to treat his readers as if they can't understand simple speech and pretend Sharron Angle doesn't believe she should force rape victims to carry pregnancies to term.


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