Michele Bachmann Dodges Specifics On Rape, Abortion, Repeats Obamacare Claim
Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) met Democratic opponent Jim Graves for their second debate on Thursday and faced pointed questions on the issues of a rape exception for abortion and President Barack Obama’s health care reform law.
Moderator Kerri Miller, a host for Minnesota Public Radio, kicked off the debate by asking the candidates to weigh in on controversial comments by Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who last month explained his opposition to abortion in cases of rape by saying that pregnancy in such cases was “something that God intended.”
Graves stated his opposition to the remarks, the St. Cloud Times reports, adding that women should have a right to choose. Bachmann, an avid abortion opponent, attempted to walk a much finer line.
Presumably seeking to avoid the same pitfalls that have damaged the campaigns of both Mourdock and Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) before him, Bachmann avoided the word “rape” altogether in her response.
“My position is in line with the Catholic Church,” Bachmann said. “That’s been my position for 40 years, it hasn’t changed.”
ThinkProgress has more of Bachmann’s delicate answer.
By stating her agreement with the Catholic Church, Bachmann is reiterating a shared belief that abortions should only be permitted in cases in which the life of the mother is at risk. That means no rape exception. And even in instances in which the mother’s health is in danger, abortions are sometimes controversial.