“I’m not extremist!” Yes, you are.

Bruce Maples
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Recently, the Democratic Caucus of the Kentucky House released ads attacking ten Republican representatives for their extremist views on abortion, and especially for their support for the abortion ban and for the anti-abortion constitutional amendment.

One of the targeted Republicans complained to one of the Democrats behind the ads, saying they were unfair. Said this Republican, indignantly: “I’m not extremist.”

Let me say in response: Yes, you are.

When the vast majority of Kentuckians oppose a complete ban on abortion, and yet you support it, you are moving toward the extreme end of the spectrum.

When voters think abortion should be available to victims of rape and incest, and yet you think it should be banned in those cases as well, you views are definitely in the “extremist” range.

And when you would force a 12-year-old rape victim to carry her pregnancy to term, the only word to use for you is “extremist.”

So, yes, Republicans – when it comes to abortion in Kentucky, you are extremists.

And like many extremists, you are going to cause people to die.

Don’t like being called extremist? Then don’t stand up for policies and laws and constitutional amendments that are extreme.

Until then, get used to being called an extremist.

Because that is what you are.

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Bruce Maples has been involved in politics and activism since 2004, when he became active in the Kerry Kentucky movement. (Read the rest of his bio on the Bruce Maples Bio page in the bottom nav bar.)

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