* I watched the debate last night between Joe Walsh and Tammy Duckworth and this part stood out for me…
Walsh described himself as ‘Pro-life without exception.”
He said he did not believe in an exception for rape and incest because — “there’s still a life there.” He then added: “the life of the woman is not an exception.” Walsh nicked Duckworth for having the complete opposite view.
“[Duckworth] actually supports tax-payer funding of abortions,” Walsh said.
Duckworth went full steam ahead at her response.
“I’m pro-choice without restriction, and here though, Mr. Walsh … what he said — not for rape, incest or life of the mother — he would let a woman die rather than give her, than to give the doctor the option to save her life.”
Walsh interrupted her, all the while saying: “That’s not fair.”
After the debate, Walsh later explained his remark that the life of the woman is not an exception, saying that medically today, the health of the mother is not a reason for an abortion.
* So, no women are ever in danger from dying due to pregnancy? Yes, according to Walsh…
Asked by reporters after the debate if he was saying that it’s never medically necessary to conduct an abortion to save the life of a mother, Walsh responded, “Absolutely.”
“With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance,” he said. “… There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.”
“Absolutely”? Not one instance? Ever? Really?
Um, Joe, even staunchly pro-life groups admit there are some abortions performed to save the life of the mother.
You’re wrong, Joe.
*** UPDATE 1 *** From the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists…
“Abortions are necessary in a number of circumstances to save the life of a woman or to preserve her health,” the college said. “Unfortunately, pregnancy is not a risk-free life event, particularly for many women with chronic medical conditions. Despite all of our medical advances, more than 600 women die each year from pregnancy- and childbirth-related reasons right here in the US. In fact, many more women would die each year if they did not have access to abortion to protect their health or to save their lives.”
Walsh has scheduled a 2:30 press conference today to discuss his comments, which have gone national
*** UPDATE 2 *** The Daily Herald didn’t even bother to include the Walsh/Duckworth abortion exchange in its story this morning. But its reporter did go to Walsh’s presser. From the Twitterverse…
@RepJoeWalsh pro life “for mother, unborn child.”
@RepJoeWalsh cites ectopic pregnancies as rare instances that could kill mother and child.
@repjoewalsh calls @Tammy4Congress “pro abortion zealot.”
@repjoewalsh distances himself from todd akin and “legitimate rape” comments.
@RepJoeWalsh didnt take questions about whether hes now making exception
[ *** End Of Updates *** ]
The idea there is some kind of modern medical technology or procedure that has made full-term pregnancies suddenly perfectly safe for all women is news to Dr. Carrie Terrell, an ob-gyn and chief of staff at the University of Minnesota Medical Center.
“There are innumerable potential instances wherein a termination of pregnancy would be indicated to save a woman’s life,” she said in a phone interview Friday.
That list includes “but is not limited to,” she said, such serious conditions as:
* chorioamnionitis in pre-viable pre-term premature rupture of membranes (a bacteria-related inflammation of the fetal membranes),
* severe pre-eclampsia and other hypertensive (high blood pressure) disorders,
* certain forms of cardiomyopathy (a disease that weakens and enlarges the heart),
* various maternal cardiac and pulmonary anomalies,
* severe nephrosis,
* severe cancers,
* infections with sepsis, and
* multi-organ failure.
Terrell said that in her practice, she sees pregnant women with these kinds of conditions several times a year.
* The other thing that stood out for me in the coverage of this topic is that nobody challenged Duckworth to explain what she meant when she said she is “pro-choice without restriction.” What the heck does that mean? Abortion up to nine months for any reason at all?
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