Current events on political stage 
give a person cause to wonder

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Today’s typically sophomoric offering from Josh Penry – “Current events on political stage give writer cause to wonder” gives this reader “cause to wonder” when Penry will return to fact-based columnizing.

According to Penry, Romney’s “opposition to abortion includes an exception for rape, incest and the life of the mother”.  False!

In October 2011, Romney appeared on Mike Huckabee’s television show and affirmed his support for a hypothetical Massachusetts “life begins at conception” (“personhood”) amendment – akin to that introduced in the House of Representatives by Paul Ryan as H.R. 212 – which would permit states to ban all abortions regardless of rape, incest, or the medical judgment of her physicians as to the life or health of the mother.

Between October 2011 and August 19, 2012, Romney at least impliedly reiterated his no-exceptions position during the Republican primary debates and on the stump – as did Paul Ryan. 

Only after Republican senatorial candidate Todd Akin (R-MO) made his now-infamous “legitimate rape” comment on August 19, 2012, did Romney “clarify” his position on national television, announcing that he favored exceptions for rape, incest, and the life of the mother.  Ryan then reluctantly confirmed that he would follow Romney’s lead.

The next day, Romney’s campaign staff “corrected the record” – stating that Romney did not believe in an exception for the life of the mother.  Thus, as usual, we (and Penry) don’t really know what Romney’s real position on abortion is – only Ryan’s for certain.

Likewise contrary to Penry’s claim, “landmark” minimum sentences for child rape make it harder – not “easier” – “for Colorado prosecutors to prosecute child rapists”.  Most judges, prosecutors, and legal analysts concur that sentencing flexibility – not minimum sentences – facilitate plea bargains which gain convictions without putting the victims through the ordeal of a trial wherein the defendant “takes his chances” and seeks to avoid the minimum sentence.

                Bill Hugenberg

Josh, you are now a member of the ‘media.’  Sorry to break it to you.

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