It should come as no surprise that in a state that is trying to declare that a fertilized egg has the same rights as a fully grown human, the front-running Republican candidate for Senate is firmly opposed to abortion. But as a Tea Party candidate, Ken Buck nearly echoes the statements of another senatorial candidate, Nevada’s Sharon Angle, in his stridency to declare all abortions should be off limits except in the case of a mother’s life — if indeed her life is truly at risk.
From the Washington Post:
Ken Buck, the Tea Party backed Senate candidate who’s leading in polls for the Colorado GOP nomination, may be heading into a general election with an extreme position on abortion: He opposes it even in cases of rape or incest.
Buck, who holds an edge over Jane Norton with the election set for next week, ruled out abortion in those cases in an exchange with a constituent yesterday. The moment was captured on video by a Democrat who sent it my way:
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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.
At least he managed to leave out the lemonade.
Buck, much like Angle, isn’t unfamiliar with making controversial statements. Recently he was criticized for telling people they should vote for him over his GOP rival because unlike her, he didn’t wear high heels.
Buck is currently leading the rest of his Republican primary challengers, according to the Washington Post.