Women's Lives Are ‘Never’ at Risk Due to Pregnancy, Says Rep. Joe Walsh (VIDEO)

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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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wamom223 wamom223

I have Kay repeatedly. To Jenny Erikson in particular for writing a piece about Stacey Dash and ignoring the Mia Love issue. The left has told me they ignore the issue because its not big enough news, and what I say this guy is running for Congress too so what's the difference?  The piont is there is a bias here and I am willing to point it out. 

Mary Cimino

@Yvette, you're right! I keep seeing male politicians acting like they are the ones who carry a baby around and give birth to it. I believe if men could get pregnant all of us would only have one child.

nonmember avatar Guest

Wamom what does any of that have to do with what this guy said? Nothing. So why are you trying to hijack the comments with something completely irrelevant? If you don't have anything to say about the topic at hand, why comment? Do you have to get a word in on everything? Are you trying to deflect from the complete ignorance of Walsh, for which there is no justification? Do you need attention? Not enough hugs as a kid?

wamom223 wamom223

Wow I had no idea I had the power to hijack the comments.  What will I do with this new knowledge?  How could I deflect from this guys ignorant comment?  And the author of this blog brought her own ignorance in with her.  I have never ever heard of anyone but someone on the left bringing up thisEctopic pregnancy thing in a debate.  As I have been both pro choice and pro life I have debated this many times and that is a none issue.  No one thinks we should let a mother die of a Ectopic pregnancy.  Then this idiot comes along with his own brand of stupid and gives everyone on the left something to jump up and down about.  My point is when we on the right have something like that, the left tells us to sit down and shut up because its not important enough.  I assume your okay how it is since you benefit from it, but I am going to keep bringing it up until this site acknowledges what they did.  As a site catering to women it is disgusting that they all ignored the Mia Love issue and every time they post a blog like this they prove they chose to ignore it.

missusmc missusmc

I am not trying to defend this gut at all, but I was under the impression that as far as medical coding goes, ending a tubal pregnancy isn't considered abortion because it isn't considered a viable pregnancy in the first place. If that's he case (and please correct me if I am wrong- nicely) then this man may have a valid point; he is just not wording it correctly. For instance, if someone has a life threatening tumor and can't carry the baby to term, she doesn't go to an abortion clinic, she goes to a hospital to terminate the pregnancy. I know hospitals perform abortions, too; I just thought the same procedures can be considered different things as far as medical coding/insurance needs goes. Perhaps his is what he is referring to?

bills... billsfan1104

Was he talking about the excuses used for late term abortions?

Emily Dowd

Sheer ignorance. And I am a Republican.

Jessy76 Jessy76

As a woman who has had 4Ectopic pregnancies 3 of which almost killed me the final resulting in my DR's recommending a hysterectomy at age 27. I have NEVER had an ABORTION! Every pregnancy I had was planned and VERY much wanted. Every pregnancy ended with extreme pain both physically and mentally. The mental pain is on going to this day and it has been almost 10 years since the last one. That being said. Still to this day I am pro-choice. Who am I to say what someone else should do. Also who am I to judge someone else for the choice they make. That is why to me pro-choice is the only choice. Just because it isn't what I would do doesn't make it right for me to tell you what you should or shouldn't do. That is what makes living in this country so great the freedom to make my own choices. If I wanted someone to tell me what I can or can't do I would live somewhere else!

Jespren Jespren

Abortion doesn't treat an etopic pregnancy, in fact 'missed etopic pregnancy' is one of the biggest risks of an abortion. Thousands of doctors, even some abortionists, have openingly and readily admitted there are NO pregnancy complications which REQUIRE an abortion, an abortion being the intentional killing of the offspring. Even with an etopic pregnancy there is no requirement to directly kill the baby, the tube may be removed with the baby alive, which then unfortunately dies as a side effect given the current medicine of the day. There isn't ONE single instance where a living baby inside a mother must be killed to save her life. Doctors in countries where abortion is illegal, like Ireland (which has better maternal/fetal outcomes than the U.S.) have never forgotten this basic rule of medicine (killing someone is not a treatment), nor have thousands of U.S. doctors who are pro-life.

SickO... SickOfMorons

wamom, stop beating that damn dead horse already. You don't like what this blog covers, stop visiting it twenty times a day.

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