Joe Walsh: ‘Advances In Science And Technology’ Have Erased Need For Abortion Exceptions

|
October 19, 2012 6:08 a.m.

Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) had a Todd Akin moment of his very own Thursday night when he said “advances in science and technology” have eliminated risks for pregnant mothers and therefore done away with the need for abortion exceptions.“There’s no such exception as life of the mother,” Walsh said after a debate with Democratic challenger Tammy Duckworth in Chicago. “And as far as health of the mother, same thing. With advances in science and technology, health of the mother has become a tool for abortions any time, under any reason.”

Asked if he believes there is never a medical need to perform an abortion to save a mother’s life, Walsh said, “Absolutely.”

In August, Rep. Todd Akin (R), who is running for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, set off a national firestorm when he told a TV station that women have biological defenses to prevent pregnancy after what he described as “legitimate rape.” The comment has been a black eye on the Akin campaign and drew wide criticism at the time from his Republican colleagues. He later apologized.

After Akin’s comment, however, Walsh came to the embattled Senate candidate’s defense. While he labeled Akin’s comments “offensive, insulting and wrong,” Walsh said he was troubled by their fellow Republicans piling on. “And I’m bothered by the silence of members of our own party to stand up for him.”

A recent poll from Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows Duckworth, a veteran of the Iraq war, leading Walsh in the race for Illinois’ 8th congressional district 52 percent to 38 percent.

Watch Walsh’s press conference after the debate, via WTTW’s Chicago Tonight:

Introducing
The TPM Journalism Fund: A New Way To Support TPM
We're launching the TPM Journalism Fund as an additional way for readers and members to support TPM. Every dollar contributed goes toward:
  • -Hiring More Journalists
  • -Providing free memberships to those who cannot afford them
  • -Supporting independent, non-corporate journalism
Are you experiencing financial hardship?
Apply for a free community-supported membership
Comments
advertisement
Masthead Masthead
Founder & Editor-in-Chief:
Executive Editor:
Managing Editor:
Senior Editor:
Special Projects Editor:
Editor at Large:
General Counsel:
Publisher:
Head of Product:
Director of Technology:
Associate Publisher:
Front-End Developer:
Senior Designer:
SPECIAL DEAL FOR PAST TPM MEMBERS
40% OFF AN ANNUAL PRIME MEMBERSHIP
REJOIN FOR JUST $30