Congressman Joe Walsh: Abortion Not Needed To Protect The Life Of the Mother
Congressman Joe Walah apparently has his own version of medical science:
Controversial new comments on abortion from U.S. Rep. Joe Walsh have raised a new political firestorm over his re-election bid, with abortion rights advocates likening him to embattled Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin.
At a televised debate with opponent Tammy Duckworth, Republican Walsh declared that abortion should be outlawed in all circumstances, including to save the life of the mother.
But it was his comments to reporters after the event at WTTW Channel 11 that sparked the most attention. Walsh said that medical advances had rendered it unnecessary to ever perform an abortion to save a mother’s life.
“With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance,” Walsh declared.
Asked then if he was saying it was never medically necessary to perform an abortion to save the life of a mother, Walsh responded: “Absolutely, yes.”
Walsh is, of course, completely incorrect. Before even getting into the statistics themselves, one only needs to remember that there are still such things as ectopic pregnancies, which occurs when one fertilized egg implants in one of the Fallopian Tubes. This is a situation where the pregnancy must be terminated as soon as possible because a growing zygote in a Fallopian Tube would be an immediate and serious threat to the life of the mother. Beyond that, though, it simply isn’t true that we’ve reached a point where there isn’t a single circumstance where a woman’s life could be in danger due a pregnancy, often in combination with other medical conditions. The instances of women who die in child birth is, fortunately, lower than it was even a century ago, but it’s not zero even in an advanced society like the United States.
Walsh is, quite simply, an idiot.