(KPLR) – Wednesday’s Jacology, Charles Jaco looks at how the issue of the economy is getting derailed by abortion.
I've been wondering two things. Number one, since this election should be all about the economy, who do so many candidates and political parties, keep bringing up abortion? And number two, if the Republican Party national platform, congressman Todd Akin and GOP Pennsylvania U.S. Senate candidate Tom Smith get their way and abortion is outlawed in cases of rape, how would that work anyway?
The Todd Akin comments about abortion and rape on FOX2's Jaco Report have threatened to derail the republicans for almost two weeks now. Then the republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania, Tom Smith came out and said abortion should be illegal; even in case of rape. And now the Republican Party platform committee unanimously adopted a resolution putting the entire party on record as saying women who are raped should not be able to get legal abortions.
The mystery is that they're talking about this at all, since people who vote in this election are almost exclusively concerned about the economy. But now that they've opened the door; it presents a fascinating problem. Since the devil is in the details. So let's assume they got their way. How would this work?
Would you lock up a rape victim and put her under 24 hour guard until she had the baby? Would a lot of rape victims then seek illegal abortions in the United States? Would rape victims with enough money travel to other countries to get abortions? In those cases, would the rape victims then be charged with manslaughter if they were discovered?
If someone proposes a policy about a serious matter, we should hope they've thought it through; because in the case of outlawing abortion after rape, those seem to be the options we're left with.
I'm Charles Jaco and that's Jacology.