Here We Go Again: Another Republican Wants You To Know How Rape Can Turn Out To Be “Beautiful”

brian-kurcabaI 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.



Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Michelle Burke

    Re: excessive punctuation; they are typing on a tiny screen.
    Re: Rape
    Only survivors of rape and their loved ones/supporters should have a say. Rapists, date rapists, and domestic abusers should shut it.

  • Mainah

    I find it odd that it’s mostly guys saying this about rape. They know nothing about what happens to a female while pregnant, and then act like she doesn’t exist in what happened. They talk about the rapist and the baby, but not the woman who was just torn apart spiritually and physically.
    The women in their own party shot down their latest Abortion Bill. Enough already. It will never be 1950 ever again. Sit down and just shut the f*ck up already.

    • Charles Vincent

      “They know nothing about what happens to a female while pregnant,”

      I beg to differ and so does medical science. It’s well documented what happens to females both emotionally and physically during pregnancy.

      • Mainah

        sigh. I can also read up about what happens to a man when sack tapped, but doesn’t mean I will ever know how that feels. Maybe, I should clarify, the men who are debating the issues. The ones making these types of statements are not doctors. Plus, if they actually did know, then they should be able to extrapolate the possibility that the emotional toll of the rape, added hormones due to pregnancy and not try to make choices for those women.

      • Charles Vincent

        We have had the discussion on rape/incest/mothers life in danger before here Mainah not going to rehash that. You also do not get to trumpet science only when it suits your agenda only to disregard it when it hurts your feelings/refutes your beliefs/agenda.

      • Mainah

        You’re the one who started the dialogue with me. Can’t say I remember a conversation with you. As for your last statement, it is a non sequitur to my statement. Have a lovely day.

      • Charles Vincent

        Correct I did here. I see your memory is as short as your eyesight. In contrarium est amicus meus, you have trumpeted the cause of science many times in your posts and now you wish to deny it because it refutes your original statement, furthermore you want to dismiss people as though they couldn’t read or possibly know about what medical science data shows on the topic of pregnancy

        And here is the thread with the discussion i was referring to;
        http://www DOT forwardprogressives DOT com/judge-blocks-wisconsin-governor-scott-walkers-unconstitutional-new-abortion-law/

      • Mainah

        Yes, my life revolves around you. Again, non sequitur. What’s up with altering the link?

      • Charles Vincent

        “Yes, my life revolves around you.”
        argumentum absurdum and more ad lapidem nonsense.
        Non Sequitur
        Description: When the conclusion does not follow from the premises. In more informal reasoning, it can be when what is presented as evidence or reason is irrelevant or adds very little support to the conclusion.

        My premise is you use science to prop up your arguments, my conclusion is you use science to back your arguments only when it suits your purpose to do so. I can go through your posts and prove this therefore it isn’t Non Sequitur. In fact in the article I linked you tried to use science to your advantage and here you use ad lapidem to dismiss my assertion because the science refuted your claim which i quoted in my reply.

        What’s up with altering the link?
        This site doesn’t allow links unless you modify them like I did.

      • Mainah

        You seem to have some strange comprehension thing going on and odd usages of Latin. My post is as it stands. I’ve never said there isn’t science about a woman’s pregnancy. I don’t know what your real problem is, but I’ve tried to explain it. A man can’t know what a woman feels like carrying a child that is a product of rape which is what I said. Ergo, your subsequent statement is a non sequitur.

      • Charles Vincent

        “They know nothing about what happens to a female while pregnant, and then act like she doesn’t exist in what happened.”

        So you were not claiming they now nothing about the science here then?

        ” A man can’t know what a woman feels like carrying a child that is a product of rape which is what I said.”
        Moving the goal posts here I see. Also something I already addressed in my second reply.

      • Mainah

        Not really. Mr. “A woman’s body can shut that whole thing down if it’s a legitimate rape”. Again, the people who are deciding abortion laws are not doctors which I’ve addressed. I’m sorry if you can’t seem to understand what I wrote. It still stands as my honest opinion to what this article is saying. After all, that’s what comment threads under articles are for. Have a great day.

      • Charles Vincent

        Again your using hyperbole. I never said anything about rape, in fact if you went and read the thread I linked I listed rape /incest/woman’s life and health as legitimate scientific reasons to have an abortion, you are the one obfuscating that fact in an attempt to shift the onus to me.

      • Mainah

        I didn’t say you did. Again, this is a comment thread in response to the above article. You seem to lack the basic concept and I’m not saying this to be mean. I’ve said what I’ve said and stand by it. I’m sorry if you’re not understanding it. Did you even read the article?

      • Charles Vincent

        Yes I read it and I wasn’t commenting on rape. I was commenting on your idea that only women know what happens to them when they are pregnant, something that is completely false as these things are well documented in medical and psychological science.

        What I Understand is you’re trying desperately to weasel out of what you said after I refuted a portion of your comment.

        FYI The psychology and physiology of rape is also documented well in medical data. Am I sympathetic to victims of rape? Absolutely, but I would never claim that because I didn’t carry the baby for 9 month means that I or others have no clue about it, Which is what you claimed.

      • Wiley

        Good Goddess, that has to be the most inane and boring dialogue ever on the Internet. Woulfd you two get a room, please and spare the rest of us from having to scroll through this word mess of yours?

      • Mainah

        Oh, and Non sequitur is defines as “a conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement.”

      • Charles Vincent

        my argument is thus;

        “They know nothing about what happens to a female while pregnant,”

        I beg to differ and so does medical science. It’s well documented what happens to females both emotionally and physically during pregnancy.

        Which is my first reply

        You denied this with and ad lapidem response. this is not non sequitur you need to learn the intricacies of logical fallacy arguments the link I provided shows you directly using science to benefit your argument, but when I used the same science to refute your statement “They know nothing about what happens to a female while pregnant,” you chose to obfuscate and conflate unrelated things to my assertion and continue to do so now.

      • Mainah

        yawn

      • Charles Vincent

        More ad lapidem nonsense

      • Mainah

        as lapidem means “stone”. Just sayin’.

      • Charles Vincent

        ahhh contextomy got to love it.
        Argumentum ad lapidem (Latin: “to the stone”)
        is a logical fallacy that consists in dismissing a statement as absurd
        without giving proof of its absurdity. The form of argument employed by
        such dismissals is the argumentum ad lapidem, or appeal to the stone.

      • Chinny Chutney

        Maybe you should check in with reality, lose weight and become a fatty statistician.

      • Maybe you should mind your own business, Dennis Gene.

        How are things at Williams-Dunkin’-Donuts?

    • Chinny Chutney

      Oh really. How about you get a clue fatty? Just because no man would ever I pregnant your fat body, don’t take it out on us.

  • rossbro

    Where do these extremely ignorant Republican aholes keep coming from? AND- How do they get elected when they’re so damned stupid???

    • Chinny Chutney

      Excuse me? Make a point jerk off.

  • Chinny Chutney

    How about abortion IS a mortal sin?

    • How about you don’t know cr*p about religion, Pennis Jeans.