Sad news today, ladies: Contrary to Rep. Joe Walsh’s earlier statement that terminating a pregnancy is never needed to save the life or health of a woman, it turns out that modern technology has not, in fact, surpassed any need for therapeutic abortions. :(
The renowned women’s health expert walked back his earlier comments on abortion by clarifying that there are instances — which are extremely, extremely rare — in which a mother’s life is in danger due to pregnancy, but this practically never happens, and when it does, it’s usually just because some femi-nazi is trying to push her pro-choice agenda:
When it comes to having an abortion to save the life of a mother, I will say again that, outside of the very rare circumstances such as ectopic pregnancies, during which both the mother and baby will die if the baby is not aborted, and other rare health issues, the research is pretty clear that with the advances in modern medicine, an invasive and traumatic procedure like an abortion is not necessary to save the life of a mother. In those very rare cases where a mother’s life may be in danger past the point of viability for the baby, today’s doctors work to induce labor or perform a caesarean section in an attempt to save BOTH lives. These cases are extremely rare, and they unfortunately are used by the militant pro-choice movement to justify every single abortion.
But the important thing to take away here is that Joe Walsh’s opponent, Tammy Duckworth (D), is a terrible person who thinks it’s okay for weak female cadets to be sexually assaulted. Wait, what? What does that have to do with abortion? Nothing, but hey look over there, it’s a unicorn!! Let’s talk about unicorns instead of abortion!!!
Here is the rest of Walsh’s statement, which transitions seamlessly into attacking his opponent:
Let’s also not forget my opponent’s comments on sexual abuse. When asked earlier this summer about sexual abuse in the military and her personal experience with it, My opponents response was, and I quote, that I was never sexually assaulted because I was a pretty tough chick, and not some weak 18 year old who couldn’t push back. As a father of two daughters, I found those comments every bit as offensive as Congressman Akin’s offensive comments on rape. Ms Duckworth’s comments could not be more offensive and yet they were not covered. How dare Ms. Duckworth imply that women are only raped because they are too weak to fight back, and if only they were just a little tougher rape would not occur? How dare she say that?
He followed it up with this Tweet. Oh, burrrrn:
— Joe Walsh (@Rep_JoeWalsh) October 19, 2012
Aaaaaaand here’s what Tammy Duckworth actually said during an interview with BuzzFeed three months ago:
Q: The documentary The Invisible War has a lot of people talking about sexual assault in the military. What’s your take on this issue?
Duckworth: It is absolutely unacceptable that there is sexual assault in the military. We should remember it occurs not just with female service members but with males as well. It’s unacceptable and we need more oversight. I think the military is trying hard, but until you have more female high- ranking officers, you’re going to have some issues. I never experienced sexual assault, but I was a pretty tough chick officer, and if anything I was there for lower enlisted females to come to. I wasn’t a scared 18 year old who couldn’t push back. A lot of this stuff is about power. It’s power relationships. The military needs to redouble its efforts, and there should be congressional oversight. And women need to become a bigger percentage of the military — I think as we do, things will get better.
See? Duckworth, who lost both of her legs in combat, clearly doesn’t care about our female veterans and doesn’t believe strong women are ever raped in the military. That’s what we took away from that statement, did you? No? You didn’t? You actually think Walsh’s statement was a complete mischaracterization of Duckworth’s words used to distract from his earlier comments on abortion? Well, let us tell you heyyyyyy OMG, you guys, look over there, it’s a puppy doing a headstand!!! Look look look!!!!
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