There is a lot of talk about why the Republican Party lost and much of it has to do with the party establishment versus Senate candidates who were 100% pro-life but failed to articulate the position. Here, in a nutshell, is why the Republican Party platform does not allow for a “rape exception” in abortion.
The pro-abort lawyers who argued in the Roe v. Wade case for abortion used the Texas rape exception as the centerpiece of their argument. If a rape case in which conception occurs does not acknowledge that there is a person in the womb, then there is no legal justification for limiting abortion at all. Either there is a person with rights at conception, or there is not. There is no middle ground, in other words. In order to be logically consistent, you must accept abortion always or never. Either we are talking about a person in the womb, or we are not.
Any candidate who runs with a “rape exception” for abortion is incompetent on the issue because there is no logical justification for this under the Constitution. The Fourteenth Amendment protects the basic Bill of Rights protections for all who fall under the term “person.” If you’re a “person” you have rights. If you’re not a “person” then you have NO rights. None. Zero.
It is ironic that Richard Mourdock and James Akin were mischaracterized as incompetent by GOP establishment figures due to a lack of eloquence. The real incompetence on this issue is among those who take a position that cannot possibly hold up in a court of law.