I really never thought I would see the day where rape was suddenly “up for debate.” Rape has been seen as one of the most horrific things that could happen to someone. But somewhere in the last few years, suddenly all forms of sexual assault have suddenly become big topics for discussion amongst Republicans. Though, oddly, it’s almost always men talking about an issue where women make up the majority of the victims of these crimes.
For example, I’m sure almost everyone reading this remembers the infamous line from Missouri Republican Todd Akin who said back in 2012, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
There’s really no need for me to elaborate on just how idiotic that statement is.
But he wasn’t the only one. Also in 2012, Indiana Republican Richard Mourdock decided to show off his absurdity by claiming that if a women were to be impregnated by someone who sexually assaulted her, then that baby was essentially a gift from God.
“I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen,” Mourdock said in a debate.
To think that this fool said this during a debate – wow. That’s one of those comments where I’m not even sure I would know how to properly respond to it if someone said it directly to my face. It would take me several moments to completely process the idiocy.
And let’s not forget South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham. Just a few weeks ago during a speech he stressed the fact that he didn’t want the radical anti-abortion bill Republicans were trying to push through Congress to turn into a “debate” about rape.
Yeah, who needs that, right?
Well, not to be outdone, West Virginia state lawmaker Brian Kurcaba (R) recently decided to voice his thoughts on rape by saying that while it is indeed awful, if a child might be the result of a vicious sexual assault, that could be “beautiful.”
“Obviously rape is awful,” Kurcaba said. “What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”
They. Just. Don’t. Get. It.
What all this boils down to is simply letting women choose for themselves what they will do with their own bodies – that’s it. Some women who fall victim to such horrific assaults might make a difficult choice to keep the pregnancy that might result from it, while others might not be emotionally able to handle giving birth to a child that was conceived under such traumatizing circumstances. But at the end of the day, it should always be up to the woman to decide what she does with her own body. And that’s what these asinine Republicans simply don’t seem to understand.
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