The 10 Most Outrageous Anti-Choice Comments of 2012
As we get ready to head into the New Year, we'll always remember 2012 as a year that anti-choice politicians shocked us with their outrageous anti-choice comments -- especially in the midst of the election.
Thankfully, pro-choice Americans showed up on November 6 and effectively shut down some of the worst anti-choice candidates. So, to wrap up our great year in choice, we compiled the best of the worst comments we heard this year.
So without further ado, let's count down the worst anti-choice comments from 2012:
10. David Cole, Arizona solicitor general, defended Arizona's 20-week abortion ban when a judge brought up the tragic case of severe fetal abnormalities that occur later in pregnancy, saying: "That's the woman's problem. She should have made that decision earlier."
9. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) spoke bluntly about pregnancies that result from rape: "The method of conception doesn't change the definition of life."
8. Rep. Mike Kelly (R-Pa.) compared the no-cost birth control mandate to the September 11 terrorist attacks: "I know in your mind, you can think of the times America was attacked. One is Dec. 7, that's Pearl Harbor Day. The other is Sept. 11, and that's the day the terrorists attacked. I want you to remember Aug. 1, 2012, the attack on our religious freedom. That is a day that will live in infamy, along with those other dates."
7. Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) doubted the need for life-saving abortion care when he said: "With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance [of abortion necessary to save a woman's life]...There is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing."
6. Romney campaign advisor Eric Fehrnstrom dismissed women's rights as "shiny objects" used to "distract people's attention."
5. U.S. Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (R-Ind.) said that pregnancy that results from rape: "Is something that God intended to happen."
4. Wisconsin state Rep. Roger Rivard demeaned women who claim they have survived rape when he said: "Consensual sex can turn into rape in an awful hurry...some girls, they rape so easy."
3. Del. C. Todd Gilbert (R-Va.) supported forced transvaginal ultrasounds, saying: "[Women already made the decision to be] vaginally penetrated when they got pregnant."
2. Rush Limbaugh went on a rant against Sandra Fluke for her support of the no-cost birth-control policy: "What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic] who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex -- what does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute."
And the #1 outrageous anti-choice quote of 2012 is...
1. Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) stunned the country when he said this about pregnancies that result from rape: "From what I understand from doctors that's really rare. If it is a legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
We still can't believe how offensive these statements are. Rep. Todd Akin's belief that the female body can magically shut down pregnancy was so appalling that our supporters voted him into our annual Hall of Shame 2012.
This year just goes to show that when anti-choice politicians try to put themselves between a woman and her doctor, pro-choice Americans will swoop in and shut that whole thing down.
Stay tuned for our next blog post featuring the best pro-choice quotes from 2012!