"Tea Party candidate Ken Buck on abortion: ‘I don’t believe in the exceptions of rape or incest.’"
Ken Buck, who is running in the Colorado Republican Senate primary, has surged in recent polls due in large part to tea party support. In a video obtained by the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent, Buck stakes out an extreme position on abortion that is likely to appeal to his far-right base, saying that even in the cases of rape and incest, abortions should not be allowed:
QUESTION: How do you feel about abortion? Are you for abortion, against abortion, are you for it? In what instances would you allow for abortion?
BUCK: I am pro-life, and I’ll answer the next question. I don’t believe in the exceptions of rape or incest. I believe that the only exception, I guess, is life of the mother. And that is only if it’s truly life of the mother.
To me, you can’t say you’re pro-life and say — if there is, and it’s a very rare situation where one life would have to cease for the other life to exist. But in that very rare situation, we may have to take the life of the child to save the life of the mother.
In that rare situation, I am in favor of that exception. But other than that I have no exceptions in my position.
Sargent notes that Buck’s position is similar to that of Nevada GOP Senate nominee Sharron Angle, “who recently said she also opposes abortion in cases of rape or incest, suggesting rather colorfully that one could instead make ‘lemons’ into ‘lemonade.’” Buck’s extremist stance may help him regain favor with his far-right supporters, some of whom he recently got into trouble with when he chided “dumbass” birthers.