Ian Millhiser notes that Paul Ryan won’t say whether women who get raped should have a legal right to an abortion:
In an interview with a local Pittsburgh television station yesterday, Ryan was given the opportunity to revise his position now that he is half of the Republican Party’s national ticket. He refused:
QUESTION: Should abortions to be available to women who are raped?
RYAN: Well, look, I’m proud of my pro-life record. And I stand by my pro-life record in Congress. It’s something I’m proud of. But Mitt Romney is the top of the ticket and Mitt Romney will be president and he will set the policy of the Romney administration.
What was offensive about Todd Akin’s comments wasn’t just the suggestion that women’s bodies have some special secretion that knows how to kill rapists’ sperm. What was offensive was that he was marshalling this fake science in the service of the argument that women who get raped shouldn’t have legal access to abortion. Not all Republicans believe the phony science, but they are all running on the platform that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, with no rape exception.