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Democrats fundraise off Akin

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Democrats are wasting little time trying to raise campaign money by exploiting Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comment and the Republican Party’s pro-life platform.

The Democratic National Committee issued a fundraising appeal Tuesday from Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, calling Mr. Akin and presumptive presidential nominee Mitt Romney “dangerously wrong for women.”

“Here’s the Republican Party’s message to women in 2012: No choice. No exceptions,” Mrs. Wasserman Schultz said. “If we aren’t able to give Democrats the resources they need to win in November, women in America stand to lose decades of progress.”

Mr. Akin has resisted intense pressure from Republican leaders to withdraw from the race since his comment Sunday that women’s bodies react in cases of “legitimate rape” to reject a pregnancy. He has apologized and said the reaction to his comments is overblown.

The Republican National Committee’s platform committee, meeting Tuesday in Tampa, approved a human life amendment that calls for a constitutional ban on abortion and does not mention any exceptions for victims of rape or incest, a provision which pro-life federal legislation such as the Hyde Amendment on Medicaid funding typically has had.

Such calls for constitutional amendments against abortion have been part of the Republican platform since 1980. None have ever had a rape or incest exception, and the 2012 platform’s language is identical to that of 2004 and 2008.

Said Mrs. Wasserman Schultz, “After 48 straight hours of Republicans falling all over each other calling for Rep. Todd Akin to rescind his ridiculous, ignorant-of-basic-biological-functions comments about rape and abortion, their party just voted to embrace Akin’s position by including a constitutional ban on all abortions — even in cases of rape or incest — in their 2012 platform.”

Her email asks for donations of at least $5.

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Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer

Dave Boyer is a White House correspondent for The Washington Times. A native of Allentown, Pa., Boyer worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer from 2002 to 2011 and also has covered Congress for the Times. He is a graduate of Penn State University. Boyer can be reached at dboyer@washingtontimes.com.

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