I'd have thought that, even if their ideas haven't gotten any smarter, these far right candidates might at least have learned which ones to not advertise during a campaign after that "legitimate rape" flap. But here's Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock proving otherwise.
This is just the logical extension of the anti-abortion argument.
In a way, being a fundy type of argument it's stronger for being inflexible. I would speculate that what's happened is that the religious conservatives have finally realized that by carving out exceptions to their doctrine they're essentially saying that their doctrine is unnecessary.
Let me digress with an example; Baptism. Is water baptism absolutely 100% required for a person to get into their heaven? Some say yes, but then when you ask about other cultures, babies, abortions, pre-Jesus or even some of the disciples then they get squidgy. If it's not an absolute requirement, then it's not a requirement, it's a strong suggestion.
Abortion works much the same way. Either they accept that it's ok sometimes, or they reject it regardless of any pan and suffering issues at play.
The problem here is that people buy into the emotional argument about abortion. In the vast majority of cases abortion consists of 'curretage' which functionally is just a long spoon, or loop that the doctor uses to lightly scrape the walls of the uterus. The material being removed may not even be visible to the naked eye, or at most would be about the size of a period.
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They also ignore the very high percentage of natural abortions, or simply 'pregnancies that don't attach.
The real problem as I see it isn't that they have a problem with abortion. They don't have to get one if they don't want one.
Even most 'pro-choice' people don't *like* abortions, that's stupid. It's a medical procedure, what's to like about it?
The real problem is that they want to decide whether others are allowed to use their constitutionally protected right to choose for themselves.