One of the most bizarre aspects of this election year has been the Republicans coming out with some of the most outlandishly wrongheaded theories about pregnancy. You really have to wonder where they received their educations and if their schools had health classes?! Of course, we can't forget Rep. Todd Akin who said that women who are "legitimately raped" can't get pregnant, thanks to bodies that "shut down" rape sperm. Missouri GOP Committeewoman Sharon Barnes called pregnancy resulting from rape a "blessing." And now we have Rep. Joe Walsh in Illinois coming out with this doozy: He thinks that there should never be an "exception" rule regarding abortions for women due to health concerns. Because he thinks that women's lives are never in danger due to a pregnancy.
Walsh, who was debating Democrat challenger Tammy Duckworth, said that the life of a mother is never in danger because with "advances in medicine and technology, you can't find one instance" in which an abortion would be necessary to save a mother's life.
He goes on:
The health of the mother has become a tool for abortions any time for any reason ... there's no such exception as the 'life of the mother.'
Medicine, of course, would have to disagree. Ectopic pregnancies, in which a baby begins to develop somewhere other than the uterus (usually the fallopian tube), are extremely dangerous and have to be terminated or the mother will die. A fallopian tube is not able to carry a baby to term, end of story. The pregnancy is terminated by injecting medicine that allows the body to absorb pregnancy tissue, or the fallopian tube is removed or the ectopic pregnancy is removed and the tube fixed. These types of pregnancies are not uncommon. According to the American Pregnancy Association, one out of every 50 pregnancies is ectopic.
Without doing something about an ectopic pregnancy, a woman is very likely to bleed to death. Which I guess is what Joe Walsh wants??! Or he doesn't believe in ectopic pregnancies? Or has never heard of them? Or maybe he just simply doesn't give a crap that a woman could die without terminating the fetus growing in her fallopian tube. Wonder how he'd feel if his daughter or wife began screaming in pain from an ectopic pregnancy and her doctor recommended surgery.
Of course, women may need to terminate a pregnancy for other health reasons too. Here are some examples below in the video:
What do you think about Joe Walsh's comments?
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