• Rep. Joe Walsh: Women Don't Die from Legitimate Pregnancy

    After last night's Illinois House debate, we can all rest assured that should former deadbeat dad and current congressman Joe Walsh survive his re-election bid against Democrat Tammy Duckworth, there's a seat on the House Science Committee waiting for him. Someone needs to replace Todd Akin as our nation's top elected expert in reproductive health.

    Akin leaves big clown shoes to fill, but Walsh proved himself more than ready when he was asked by reporters about his position on a ban on abortion with no exceptions for the life or health of the mother and responded by suggesting that pregnant women are made of adamantium

    With modern technology and science, you can't find one instance [of women dying from childbirth]…There's no such exception as life of the mother. 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 anytime under any reason.

    This must come as a surprise to thousands of families. The number of maternal deaths in the United States has been climbing recently, reaching 13.3 per 100,000 live births in 2006.

    Still, it's nice of Walsh to let everyone know that they are about as likely to hear a nuanced understanding of maternal health come out of his mouth as they are to receive a timely child support payment from his checking account.

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    Tags: Abortion, Illinois, Joe Walsh, Women's Rights


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