Monday, October 17, 2011

He Took The Other Options

Um, OK, so Herman Cain was on Meet the Press yesterday and he was asked about abortion. I found his answer to be both disturbing and peculiar at the same time. (I don't have much of an opinion on Herman Cain at this point, by the way. But he doesn't seem to be a guy who is actually running for President. I think he has a book out. Maybe this is just a misguided book tour.) Let's take a look at what he said. It went like this: "I do not agree with abortion under any circumstance". He was pressed on that issue and was asked, "Exceptions for rape and incest?" He replied, "Not for rape and incest...Because if you look at rape and incest, the percentage of those instances is so miniscule that there are other options.”

OK, no exceptions for any kind of abortion is ludicrous. (Then again, I'm of the bent that making abortion illegal is ludicrous, but that's just me. One thing I've learned about certain issues (with abortion being one of them) is that you're just not going to change anyone's mind. You're not. Just don't try to do that, but DO try to avoid talking about those subjects and you'll fare much better than if you ignore my sage wisdom on this topic.) But what in the world does he mean when he says that "there are other options" because those instances make up such a small number? There aren't other options if you want an abortion and abortions are illegal! What the hell is he talking about?!

Maybe he'll be a bit more reasonable on the issue of abortion if the life of the mother is in danger. Let's see...he said, "If it’s the life of the mother, that family is going to have to make that decision." Oh, OK. So if the mother might die, then he's good with it. Oh, but if some perverted relative rapes some younger relative and she gets knocked up, then she's on her own? I don't understand how he's OK with that exception, but not OK with other exceptions. Oh, wait. I might understand how he thinks like this. He doesn't have a uterus. thus he's completely clueless.

While I don't really think that the abortion issue needs to be a major part (or any part) of someone's campaign, I don't think that I would ever be comfortable casting a vote for someone who won't allow an abortion in the case of rape or incest. I certainly wouldn't be comfortable voting for someone who mentions "other options" without realizing that he's already taken away those options. Yeah, that wouldn't work out well at all.

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Scott Jacobs said...

He's right though - abortions for instances of rape or incest are so rare as to be statistically meaningless.

jeu argent en ligne said...

Nice post, thanks !

Mare said...

Scott, while I agree that they're statistically meaningless, there still needs to be an option. And I'm just not clear on what he thinks the options are other than abortion (especially if you really want an abortion).

And jeu argent en ligne, thanks for reading!

~ Mare

Deguello said...

As between someone who has a clue about business and economics but has a poor view, IMO, on a statistically meaningless issue and someone seemingly intent on crashing businesses and the economy into the ground but who has a more expansive policy view on abortions for rape victims, I gotta go with the former.

Scott Jacobs said...

Well, in instances of rape, there's the Morning After pill.

There's also "giving the kid up for adoption".

But it's use as an after-the-fact method of birth control is moronic, and frankly, I'd be OK with the hapless dipshits who run around fucking and getting pregnant having to raise the kid.