Wednesday, October 31, 2012

The rape thing

"I think the right approach is to accept this horribly created — in the sense of rape — but nevertheless a gift in a very broken way, the gift of human life, and accept what God has given to you… rape victims should make the best of a bad situation." Rick Santorum, January 2011

THIS PAST SUNDAY, October 28, John Koster, who is running for Congress from the state of Washington, added his voice to the growing Republican chorus that believes women who are raped and become pregnant should have the baby and realize that they've been given a "gift". 

John Koster

Before you hear Mr. Koster's opinions, you might like to know what the prevalence of rape is in the US. But perhaps those toiling at the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, the organization that compiled these statistics, needs Missouri Republican Congressional candidate, Todd Akin, to review each victim's case one by one so he can decide whether the rapes they suffered were "legitimate". 

Chart compiled by RAINN, The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network.

Below is an article by written by Laura Bassett about candidate Koster that appeared today on the Huffington Post. Women: is he, and all the rest of the Republican penises who feel similarly, really who you want running the country? I'm thinking "no".

John Koster, a Republican congressional candidate in Washington state, said Sunday that "the rape thing" is not a good enough reason for a woman to have an abortion, the Associated Press reported.

Asked at a campaign fundraiser whether he supports abortion rights in some situations, Koster replied that he only supports abortion in cases where a woman's life is in danger.

"Incest is so rare, I mean, it's so rare," he said. "But the rape thing-- you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept the child, gave it up for adoption, and she doesn't regret it."

He added, "On the rape thing, it's like, how does putting more violence onto a woman's body and taking the life of an innocent child that's a consequence of this crime -- how does that make it better? You know what I mean?"

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