Thursday, August 23, 2012
When discussing the difficult and polarizing issue of abortion, Democrats are fond of labeling their opponents “extremists,” as if the term itself somehow settles the argument. President Obama’s campaign has spent millions on ads flatly stating that Mitt Romney opposes abortion, even in the cases of rape and incest. This is patently false. The Left has attempted to exploit the Todd Akin saga to toxify other Republicans, even those who have called for Akin to step down. They’ve claimed that Paul Ryan is an “extremist” on the issue as well, hyping a story about his vote to “redefine rape.” (The vote in question involved a bipartisan bill that tightened up the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion in almost all circumstances). Some members of the media are happily playing along with this game; one reporter actually tried to goad Paul Ryan into defining “forcible rape” on camera.