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Gail Collins Calls Out Trump, Cruz, Kasich on Reproductive Rights

Submitted by on March 26, 2016 – 10:30 amNo Comment

In a week that saw Donald Trump make baseless accusations against Ted Cruz of extramarital affairs and to openly mock the physical appearance of Cruz’s wife, New York times columnist Gail Collins took all of the remaining Republican presidential candidates to task on Friday for their stances on reproductive rights and women’s health issues.

“Ted Cruz opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest,” she writes. “John Kasich is willing to allow a troubled teenager to get an abortion if she’s seduced by her father, but not if the seducer is the next-door neighbor. This is why Kasich’s the moderate.”

As for birth control and Planned Parenthood funding, to avoid the unwanted pregnancies in the first place, all three of the candidates have either denounced it or actively fought (hard) to defund it. Cruz even tried to shut down the federal government over Planned Parenthood funding.

Trump, Collins notes, used to be pro-choice, and has even noted the importance of Planned Parenthood’s work (while simultaneously calling for it to be shut down). She calls his characteristic lack of detail “a large, vacant pit with an issues-pendulum careening wildly, smashing from one side to the other.”

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