GOP Rep Says "Technology and Science" Make Abortion Exceptions Moot

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Oct. 19 2012 5:33 PM

GOP Rep Says "Technology and Science" Make Abortion Exceptions Moot

It seems not every Republican has learned the lesson from Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments. After a debate with his Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth in Illinois, reporters asked Republican Congressman Joe Walsh if he believed there was no such thing as a medically necessary abortion. “Absolutely,” he replied.

“With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance” when a medical issue justified abortion, he continued. In case that didn’t make it clear, Walsh opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest, or health threat to the mother.

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Walsh’s comments came under immediate scrutiny, with Politico noting that Congresswoman Jackie Speier of California spoke about her medically necessary abortion on the House floor last year. All this is sure to galvanize pro-choice voters in an already very tight race in Illinois and might put GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the defensive as he tries to hold recent gains among women voters.

Jeffrey Bloomer is a Slate assistant editor focused on video. Follow him on Twitter.

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