Now, I don’t think that “mental distress” qualifies as the health of the mother. I think it has to be a serious physical issue that arises in pregnancy, where there are real, significant problems to the mother carrying that child to term.
Jill at Feministe already pointed out how problematic it is for any male politician to start talking about what he thinks is a justifiable abortion, but I am struck by the fact that he waves aside all potential mental-health problems as trivial.
Depressed? Suicidal? Hallucinating? Just suck it up and deal with it, ya big whiner.
Seriously, one of the biggest things to come out of psychology in the past few decades is the extent to which mental problems are physical problems, with corresponding changes in the brain's physiology. For Obama to dismiss psychiatric symptoms as all in the mind is about as scientifically literate as saying human activities have no effect on climate.
I expect more from the Democratic Party, for Pete's sake.