Blackburn Defended GOP Platform “Party Plank” That Called For Outlawing Abortion While Allowing No Exceptions For Rape, Incest Or Threat To The Life Of The Mother.

According to The Tennessean, “Blackburn, interviewed from Tampa, Fla., where she is co-chairing the GOP’s Platform Committee in advance of its national convention next week, answered questions about a just-adopted party plank that calls for outlawing the procedure and allowing no exceptions, not even for rape, incest or threat to the life of the mother. She defended the language, saying it takes nothing away from the right of individual states to adopt those exceptions, though she favors them herself. ‘Federalism requires that go back to the states,’ Blackburn said.” [The Tennessean, 8/23/12]

Blackburn Signed On As A Co-Sponsor Of HR3; Bill That Originally Listed “Forcible Rape” As One Of The Few Exceptions To A Band On Federal Funding For Abortions.

According to The Tennessean, “Akin’s phrase ‘legitimate rape’ rekindled controversy over a 2011 House bill that, in its original version, listed cases of ‘forcible rape’ as one of the few exceptions to a ban on federal funding of abortions. Blackburn, like presumptive GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan, signed on as a co-sponsor of that bill in its original form. The bill, HR3, was changed a few weeks later because of a flurry of protests from women’s groups and abortion-rights organizations about language that seemed to suggest there are different types of rape.” [The Tennessean, 8/23/12]

Blackburn Offered No Explanation About Why She Supported Original Bill That Included “Forcible Rape” Language.

According to The Tennessean, “When asked about the matter Wednesday, Blackburn said she wanted to look at the bill again and would get back to the reporter through a spokesman, ending the interview. The statement she later issued said: ‘The bottom line is that the language was clarified through the legislative process to end taxpayer funding of abortions with clear exceptions to rape, incest, and preserving the life of the mother.’ She offered no explanation about why she supported the bill in its original, no-exception form.” [The Tennessean, 8/23/12]