If you watched the Republican presidential debate on Thursday, you learned one thing: The GOP is a man’s world. The last time a majority of women voted for a Republican presidential candidate was 1988…seven elections ago.
The 10 candidates on the stage seemingly tried to outdo each other on taking away women’s abortion rights. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio denied he’d ever supported an anti-abortion measure that would allow exceptions for rape, incest or threat to the life of the mother. “What I have advocated is that we pass law in this country that says all human life at every stage of its development is worthy of protection,” Rubio said. In fact, in November 2013, Rubio co-sponsored a bill that did allow these exceptions. Three other Republican presidential candidates co-sponsored the same bill: Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker repeated his view that abortion bans should have no exception for the health of the mother. When asked by Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly if he’d really let a mother die rather than allow her an abortion, Walker responded with a weasel-filled word salad: “I’ve got a position that’s consistent with many Americans out there in that I believe that that is an unborn child that’s in need of protection out there. And I’ve said many times that that unborn child can be protected and there are many alternatives that would protect the life of the mother.”
Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee even advocated rights for fertilized…