Which Republican Candidates Want to Take Away Your Reproductive Rights? (Hint: It’s All of Them)

In honor of tonight’s caucus in Iowa, I think its time we assess which republican hopefuls care too much about your uterus. Ladies, Gentleman, and Gender-Nonconforming-Fancy-People, I present to you your 2012 Republican Primary Candidates, ranked on a scale of 1 to 10 based on how much they hate abortions:


He signed House Bill 90 to make second trimester abortions illegal in Utah. He also signed another law that makes an abortion patient learn about the pain an abortion causes an unknown child before the procedure. He claims to be socially moderate, yet he signed three anti-choice bills during his last year as governor of Utah.

HOW MUCH DOES HE HATE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM? 9.3 (Believes the Hyde Amendment has Biblical precedent)


Talking about how much Santorum hates abortions would be redundant, because his ridiculousness goes beyond that, though he did sign Personhood USA’s pledge. No, Santorum has gone on record several times to say that he believes states should have the right to ban contraception, period. He would completely defund any federal funded contraception.  He openly disagrees not only with Roe v. Wade, but Griswold v. Connecticut, a 1965 Supreme Court case that determined that two married adults were in fact allowed to practice safe sex using condoms.

HOW MUCH DOES HE HATE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM? 9.9 (Outlawing birth control…that will stop those pesky abortions, right?)


Honestly, out of all the personhood crazies, I think I have the most respect for Michelle Bachmann. Which is ridiculous, because the woman believes that federally-funded abortions exist, that a fetus should have more rights than a uterus-haver, that emergency contraception is just another word for a chemical abortion, and that Plan B is now sold to eight-year-olds along with bubble gum. (All things she has gone on the record about.)  But, she actually seems to understand the side effects that an anti-choice environment creates: she’s fostered 23 teen girls, and sadly has TALKED about enforcing strict gender binaries on these impressionable young girls. If the crop of candidates this year just made me admit to half-respecting Bachmann, you know something’s wrong.

HOW MUCH DOES SHE HATE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM? 9.8 (Wants to protect all people, as long as they haven’t been born yet, don’t have uteruses, and are Christians)

Ron Paul

Ugh, I just have so many feelings about Ron Paul.  He sponsored the Sanctity of Life Act of 2007 (H.R.2597) which aimed to change the legal definition of life to begin at conception (and then claims this as scientific fact). He’s been at this the early 80s, sponsoring a personhood amendment with H.R.392.

He’s signed Personhood USA’s pledge. He is a self-described foe of Roe v. Wade.

HOW MUCH DOES HE HATE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM? 9.9 (Wants the government out of public schools and personal lives, but firmly planted in every uterus.)


Gingrich believes in no abortions, for anyone, ever. Yet, at one point in time he campaigned on the behalf of stem-cell research. This is a prime example of how well the Personhood movement has operated in the past few years: if a candidate admits that ze doesn’t believe that life necessarily begins at conception (which has no factual basis), they don’t have a shot at the republican nomination.

HOW MUCH DOES HE HATE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM? 8.9 Believes abortion and gay marriage outlawed by the Bible, yet has committed adultery and still continues, presumably, to associate with women while on their periods)

Rick Perry

The only exception  Perry is willing to make for abortions is if a medical intervention is necessary to save the mother’s life.  He, too, once had the moderate view that allows for exceptions in the case of rape or incest but “had a change of heart” after sitting down with the Personhood people (and probably an advisor or two) before publically declaring his extreme anti-choice position.

HOW MUCH DOES HE HATE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM? 9.1 (Respects the sanctity of life, executed 234 Texans and counting)

Mitt Romney

One thing I have to commend Obama for is overturning Reagan’s Mexico City Policy – which places a gag rule on federal funded nongovernmental organizations overseas performing or promoting abortion services. If you think abortion rights are an issue in America (which, clearly, I do), just look at the global war on reproductive rights. Of the forty-two million abortions performed in each year, twenty million are unsafe, killing between 65,000 to 70,000 women annually. Romney has stated that he would reinstate the Mexico City Policy and let women and girls die.

He believes that abortion should be limited to only instances of rape, incest, or to save the life of the mother. He would also support efforts to prohibit federal funding for any organization like Planned Parenthood, which he claims, “primarily perform abortions or offers abortion-related services.” It’s clear Romney has no idea the awesome stuff Planned Parenthood does in addition to abortions (which comprise only three percent of what Planned Parenthood does). The affordable women’s health care also offers cancers screening, education, birth control, and routine women’s health care. Planned Parenthood saves lives. And if we see a Romney presidency, we will see a bitter war against those who are allied to protect women’s health.

HOW MUCH DOES HE HATE REPRODUCTIVE FREEDOM? 9.1 (Once upon a time, this moderate republican was vaguely pro-choice, but then he decided to run for president.)


~ by Hayley Cavataro on January 4, 2012.

2 Responses to “Which Republican Candidates Want to Take Away Your Reproductive Rights? (Hint: It’s All of Them)”

  1. I feel like the guy who wants to outlaw birth control should have the highest score far and away. I mean, they are all bad, but that reaches to a new level of ridiculous.

    • Sonic – Agreed! That’s why Santorum is tied with Ron Paul at a 9.9/10 (10 being The Handmaiden’s Tale). He’s ridiculous, and I’m equally offended by Paul because Paul claims to be a libertarian yet wants the state to enforce regulations on female bodies.

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