Brand & Martínez for August 21, 2012

The GOP's abortion platform

Pro-life demonstrators (R) confront pro-

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Pro-life demonstrators (R) confront pro-choice counterparts (L) in Washington, DC, as tens of thousands of pro-life and pro-choice opponents rally marking the anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling on abortion. Abortion has been legal in the United States since the Supreme Court's decision in Roe v. Wade on January 22, 1973.

Republican party leaders want Missiouri Senate candidate Todd Akin to leave the race by the end of the day, after he said, "From what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole [pregnancy] thing down.”

The National Republican Senatorial Committee says it will not spend the $5 million earmarked for Akin's campaign, and Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS SuperPAC says it's pulling ads that were scheduled to start running tomorrow in Missouri.

Akin has since apologized for what his statement, but refuses to bow out of the race.

Meanwhile, the Republican Party Platform is being finalized today. One of the proposed planks is support for a Human Life amendment, which would give constitutional protections to fetuses. The Human Life amendment has been included in the last three Republican party platforms, but could face additional scrutiny after Akin's comments.


Sophia Nelson, Political Columnist for USA Today and NBC's theGrio.

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