McDonnell on Akin: `Absolutely Wrong’ — Party Seeks Distance

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Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell

Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell today condemned Rep. Todd Akin’s comments about “legitimate” rape being less likely to result in pregnancy as “absolutely wrong”  because “they appear to be based on based on bad science, bad facts.”

McDonnell, who is chairing Republican National Committee platform committee deliberations, said in an interview in Tampa that any discussion of rape “absolutely should condemn violence in every form against womena.”

“So while many of us strongly support the right to life we also strongly disagree with these comments as representing policies that the pro-life community should embrace,” McDonnell said.

The abortion plank of the Republican platform will “affirm our view and support for the right to life” that has been part of the GOP platform for “several decades.”

The Republican platform statement on abortion doesn’t make an exception for pregnancies resulting from rape or incest. “We don’t get into those details “ because as long as the Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade that legalizes abortion, “these are matters of faith a morals,” he said.

Republican Mitt Romney’s campaign also moved swiftly to distance itself from Akin’s comments in a weekend television interview.
“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said in a statement.


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