By JD Chang
Thursday night Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh told reporters that there should be no abortion exception for the “life of the mother” because “with modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance” in which a woman would actually die. On cue, the media recounted the tale of Missouri Senate Challenger Todd Akin, who said that women have natural abilities to shut down pregnancies in the case of legitimate rape. Akin said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist.”
While Rep. Walsh may have wanted to steal the entire spotlight of the abortion issue, he’s not going to be able to separate himself from Akin.
Already we see news trends:
The National Media pretty much mentioning Walsh and Akin together in all articles.
Beltway Media doing the same.
Walsh and Akin are both in tight battles to win their races come Nov. 6th. Time will tell if it was a politically smart move by Walsh to make his statement to reporters. But for now, he’s definitely tied himself to Todd Akin in the near future media wise, and perhaps policy-wise (regarding women’s bodies and science).
National Media includes: WSJ, LATimes, NYTimes, WaPo, HuffPost, Fox News, CNN, USA Today
Beltway Media includes: Politico, The Hill, Roll Call
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