Reske Continues "War On Women" Argument Against Female Opponent
Democratic 5th District candidate criticizes GOP opponent over abortion
Democratic congressional candidate Scott Reske (WIBC.com photo: Ray Steele)
Democrats have used the "war on women" slogan repeatedly this election year. Their candidate for Indiana's 5th District seat in Congress did so Wednesday - against a woman.
State Representative Scott Reske called on his Republican opponent, former U.S. Attorney Susan Brooks, to repudiate the Republican Party's platform on abortion. The platform opposes abortion but makes no mention of exceptions for rape, incest or to save the life of the mother. "My opponent and others tout themselves as advocates for less government. Nothing could be more intrusive than government telling a victim of rape or incest that she has no choice," said Reske during a press conference at the Statehouse, surrounded by several women who support him, many of them current or former Democratic Party officials or office holders.
Brooks is a delegate to this week's Republican National Convention in Tampa, and efforts to reach her for comment have been unsuccessful. On Brooks's website, she describes herself as "pro-life" and a supporter of an amendment that would ban federal funding for abortions except in cases of rape, incest or if the mother's life were in danger. Reske says if she believes that abortion is okay in those cases, she should have fought harder to include that language in the GOP platform. "If she believes that, she should stand up and tell her party that this agenda is wrong."
Ironically, Brooks was criticized by at least one of her Republican opponents during the primary campaign of not being conservative enough when it comes to abortion. Former Congressman David McIntosh knocked Brooks's past support for the Women's Fund of Central Indiana, because the Fund had given grants in the past to Planned Parenthood. Money from those grants was spent on medical screenings and birth control supplies for women who couldn't afford them, not on abortions.
When asked if he supported the Democratic Party's platform, which places no conditions on any abortions at any time during a woman's pregnancy, Reske said he supported a "woman's right to choose" and said he thought that position was consistent with the party platform.
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