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Pro-Life Rape Survivors Rip Todd Akin in New Ads for Claire McCaskill: VIDEO

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Democratic Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is determined not to let the public forget about her opponent Rep. Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" remarks and has released three devastating new ads featuring rape survivors, two of whom identify as "pro-life".

Watch them, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I don't get it. "I'm pro-life, but every woman should have a choice". What?

    Posted by: Dastius Krazitauc | Oct 10, 2012 2:39:15 PM


  2. That this election is even remotely close says that something is terribly wrong in Missouri.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Oct 10, 2012 2:46:25 PM


  3. That this election is even remotely close says that something is terribly wrong in Missouri.

    Posted by: Esther Blodgett | Oct 10, 2012 2:46:26 PM


  4. @Dastius: Quite rightly, you've pointed out the essence of the cognitive dissonance of the so-called "pro-life" position. When you ask these people what they think the legal penalty should be for having an abortion, the vast majority of them cannot furnish a reasonable and clear answer. If they believe abortion is murder, then do they want these women jailed? Executed? Fined? What is their proposed consequence of enforcing a ban on abortion? If there is none, then how does the government prevent abortion services from existing?

    The pro-life folks lack the critical thinking skills to reason that far, because they have been indoctrinated by dogmatic thinking. They simply want to impose their narrow view of morality on everyone else because it discomforts them to know that there exist other people who do not adhere to their ideals.

    Posted by: atomic | Oct 10, 2012 2:48:20 PM


  5. @Dastius: Quite rightly, you've pointed out the essence of the cognitive dissonance of the so-called "pro-life" position. When you ask these people what they think the legal penalty should be for having an abortion, the vast majority of them cannot furnish a reasonable and clear answer. If they believe abortion is murder, then do they want these women jailed? Executed? Fined? What is their proposed consequence of enforcing a ban on abortion? If there is none, then how does the government prevent abortion services from existing?

    The pro-life folks lack the critical thinking skills to reason that far, because they have been indoctrinated by dogmatic thinking. They simply want to impose their narrow view of morality on everyone else because it discomforts them to know that there exist other people who do not adhere to their ideals.

    Posted by: atomic | Oct 10, 2012 2:48:21 PM


  6. @Dastius Krazitauc: "Pro-life" is actually a group of views. That's why there's the controversy about the appropriateness of abortion in cases of rape, incest, and the life of the mother. (Let alone the whole issue of when life begins.) As blogged on TR earlier today, "DailyKos notes (and tracks) the fact that there really isn't a position on abortion that Romney hasn't taken."

    Posted by: Diogenes Arktos | Oct 10, 2012 2:51:34 PM


  7. thats makes sense - u can be pro-life and pro-choice...you just are choosing for OTHERS!

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Oct 10, 2012 3:01:31 PM


  8. The point these women are making is that while their own pro-life views led them to make a particular decision in the aftermath of being raped, they understand the gravity of such a situation and would never take that option away from other women. They are effective ads, in my opinion.

    Posted by: DayvG | Oct 10, 2012 3:19:21 PM


  9. Once this Atkin moron is defeated can we PLEASE have a primary in 6 years to replace McCaskill. Talk about useless. She ONLY has a lead because of ther opponent and she is such a bad candidate that she is even losing that lead, to the "legitimate rape" guy! McCaskill wins because of her opponent in the end, not because of herself.

    Posted by: Opinionated | Oct 10, 2012 3:28:24 PM


  10. These ads are very effective. I had had the displeasure of having the frighteningly creepy Todd Akin as my House Rep since moving to Missouri a few years ago. I've had quite a few nasty correspondences with him. In a vast crowd of creepy, regressive, ignorant Republicans running, he stands out. Thankfully, he's about always 5-10 points down in a race that should have easily been won by a Republican because this state, as beautiful as it is, is staunchly Republican from it's suburbs to its farms to it Bible Belt (remember we have Branson...) But Akin is too creepy for the educated suburban Romney voter, which is a relief. To have him gone from poliics (at least for one election cycle) would show Jesus is mericiful on his people. Now we have to aim for Sally Kern, Steven King, Michelle Bachmann, and the rest of lunatics who have taken over the Republican party.

    Posted by: Bart | Oct 10, 2012 3:32:00 PM


  11. @Dastius Krazitauc, I understand what they mean.

    What's the saying? "Abortion should be safe, legal, and rare"? That's pretty much my position. I don't believe I have the right to tell other people what they should do with their bodies. They should make their own choices. But I'd MUCH rather there be comprehensive birth control education and birth control means be available so that fewer abortions are needed. Prevention is always far better.

    Posted by: Caliban | Oct 10, 2012 3:32:17 PM


  12. You can hold a pro-life position for yourself, as in you would never get an abortion, but be pro-life when referring to laws for all people. These women are saying that they do not believe in abortions, but that they believe other women should have the choice. It's redundantly pro-choice, but saying they are personally pro-life distinguishes that they themselves would never have an abortion.

    Posted by: luminum | Oct 10, 2012 4:48:01 PM


  13. OPINIONATED,

    what is the problem you have with McCaskill's record? She is a Blue Dog Democrat from a Red State. I think she's been pretty loyal to the president and party over the last 5 years.

    I'm not knowledgeable about Missouri politics, but that on a national level she's one of the senate Democrats who took risks to support my president.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 10, 2012 5:01:53 PM


  14. it is incredibly important that one can be pro-life without being anti-choice. to be pro-life is to make that choice for oneself, based upon one's own beliefs, conversations with physician(s) and significant other (if in the picture), without dictating the same for anyone else and taking away their ability to make their own decision after the same. i will never understand why that is so hard to grasp.

    Posted by: jenn | Oct 10, 2012 6:43:04 PM


  15. NONE of these women ever mentioned conventional abortion.
    One spoke about the idea that there is "legitimate rape," and two spoke to how offensive it is to criminalize raped women who take Plan B pills the day after the rape (one of those saying she refused Plan B for herself and the other saying that they were an important part of her post-rape care).
    Unless you consider Plan B to be "abortion," no one mentioned what they think about that topic.

    Posted by: GregV | Oct 10, 2012 9:49:10 PM


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    Posted by: Kenneth Banuelos | Oct 11, 2012 3:16:17 AM


  17. You can still be pro-life personally, but still before a women's right to choose. I know several democratic and republican women who are pro life, but would never decline the right for a woman to choose what is best for her.

    Posted by: GLAW2014 | Oct 11, 2012 10:44:36 AM


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