Originally Posted by mykevermin
Both believe in making abortion in any and every circumstance illegal.
The gop platform (partially quoted, as it's not released yet b/c it has to be formally adopted at the convention first - processes, processes):
No exceptions = the extension of 'personhood' concepts and 14th amendment rights to fetuses = Akin and Smith's viewpoints in more careful language.
It's worth noting that that language did not make it into the platform.
Don't get me wrong, there's still plenty to not like in the platform, but the abortion language was softened a bit.
My personal view is that each abortion is a tragedy. I think it's foolish to try to make it completely illegal, both as a matter of pragmatism and due to the issues it raises in rape, incest, and health of the mother cases. Because of this view, I would prefer to emphasize better education, reasonable access to contraception, and better care for mothers and babies in order to reduce the cases where people view abortion as their only choice.