Week In Review: Mass. Candidates React To GOP Abortion PlankPlay
Our week in review panel looks at reaction in the Senate race after Republican Sen. Scott Brown called for the abortion plank in his party’s platform to be removed. Also, we look at new ads running in the race, and at a new move to promote more minority officers in the Boston Police Department.
A once obscure Missouri candidate for Senate, Rep. Todd Akin, became famous this week when he said women who were "legitimately raped" could not become pregnant:
If it's a legitimate rape, uh, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.
That's having effects on the Senate race in Massachusetts. Elizabeth Warren, the Democrat running to challenge Brown, put out a new radio ad challenging his support for women's abortion rights.
Since Akin made the controversial comments on Sunday, the GOP released its proposed 2012 platform, which calls for a ban on all abortions, even in cases of rape, incest and harm to the mother. Brown wrote a letter to the GOP leadership to criticize the draft language:
If we are to grow and succeed in all parts of this great nation, we must be a "big-tent" party. There are people of goodwill on both sides of the abortion issue, and we need to send a message to voters that there is room in the Republican Party for differing perspectives.
Meanwhile, MGM has proposed a $800 million resort casino in Springfield.
And the Boston Police Department discusses overhauling their officer promotions exam in an effort to increase diversity in the department's leadership, but some say that the history of the problem is too deep for a test to fix.
- Bruce Mohl, CommonWealth Magazine
- Dante Ramos, Deputy Editorial Page Editor for the Boston Globe
This segment aired on August 24, 2012.