Dear Rep. King: Meet a Pregnant Rape Victim

Following in Rep. Todd Akin’s footsteps, evangelical extremist Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said today of pregnancy from rape, “Well I just haven’t heard of that being a circumstance that’s been brought to me in any personal way, and I’d be open to discussion about that subject matter.” It is estimated that some 32,000 American rape victims are made pregnant by their rapists every year in the US.

Science has actually found that raped women are more likely to get pregnant.

Rep. King should get out more. He’d encounter the problem fairly easily in war zones, where this Bosnian woman was raped as an act of war and impregnated by a militiaman trying to wipe out her people:

h/t Bosnia Genocide Survivors

There have been thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands like her in the world’s killing fields in the past 30 years. Paul Ryan, Todd Akin and Steve King deny their existence because they don’t want to deal with the human and moral dilemma they pose, and want to deny these women the right to abortion– i.e. they want to take the side of the rapists who invaded their bodies and altered them. The Ryan-Akin axis has a message for such women: get over it.

Even Muslim televangelist Yusuf Qaradawi is willing to make an exception for these women, despite his general opposition to abortion. But our fundamentalists are more absolutist than their fundamentalists.

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  1. these politicians give politics a bad name. They are the american version of the Taliban. Its that simple.

    These guys are not just crazy, they are dumb. Where did they take biology or sex education in grade 5? Oh, right they are of the american persuation & they don’t like sex education.

    Rape has been used as a weapon in wars & women became pregnant. It was the enemies way of disgracing the women & forcing their society to deal with children from another ethic group they were at war with. If Akin & King can’t figure that out, they need to get out of politics because to be that dumb is dangerous.

  2. Cole has made a connection with a major source of horror that I, at least, haven’t seen discussed in the current abortion go-round.

    The only upside to 2012 politics is that the hardcore TP types are giving free public voice to their vileness, as if they were chatting among friends. Even Ryan may no longer be able to hide behind his vague numbers much longer.

    They are rapidly turning the election into a referendum on insanity. One wonders how it will play out.

  3. Todd Akin, Paul Ryan and GOP’s Push to Redefine Rape (2011)

    (Mother Jones) – The original language from the Hyde Amendment—which bans federal funding for abortions through Medicaid except in cases of rape, incest, or to save a mother’s life—will replace the “forcible” provision.

    [Link – House GOP Caves On Redefining Rape Bill]

    As for the incest exception, the bill would only allow federally funded abortions if the woman is under 18. The bill hasn’t been carefully constructed. The term “forcible rape” is not defined in the federal criminal code, and the bill’s authors don’t offer their own definition.

    Law Enforcement and Incidence of Statutory Rape[pdf]

  4. Women’s bodies become a part of the battlefield in wars.
    Anti-choice activists tell women that while they are pregnant, they are the property of the state.
    Assume, for the sake of argument, that life begins at conception. Then, pregnancy is the unique situation in which a person lives inside the body of another person.
    Human life has little value if the person has no freedom or privacy. A woman has little freedom if she can’t decide what happens with her own body. You would think that people who talk about freedom as much as Republicans do, would notice that dictating what a woman does with her body is a serious limitation on liberty.
    Anyway, the stupidity of the Republicans makes it clear that reproductive issues do not belong in the hands of politicians.

  5. Perhaps the opinions of these crusty old men is only the result of a lack of empathy. Perhaps he should be asked how happy he would be in the unfortunate circumstance of having to raise the child of his wife’s rapist? May provoke a pause for thought.

    • Lack of empathy or ‘not getting out enough’ is not necessarily the issue here (though it might be). There are, after all, times when moral principles cause us to take a course that is more difficult. Can’t we all think of such situations from our own personal experience when ‘doing right’ cost us dearly? Just because one supports such a principle does not mean they must be aware of every situation in which it is difficult to carry out. After all, Pro-choice people tend to care less about post-abortion care than the right to abortion. That could be labeled lack of empathy…but my point is that has nothing to do with whether abortion is right or wrong.

      On the flip side, saying abortion is wrong is not the same as saying ‘get over it’. If your point is that those in the pro-life camp should be equally fervent about post-birth care and support, that makes sense to me. But, in the post above, the appeal to empathy does not logically connect with supporting abortion, and perhaps this is why the post is nothing more than a personal attack.

    • “having to raise the child of his wife’s rapist”

      Go ahead and try it. The answer will be along the lines of “My wife would NEVER be raped. It just cannot happen. It’s impossible.”

      Maybe it’s lack of empathy, maybe it’s simply a lack of imagination. Maybe it’s an arrogant assumption that things like that can NEVER happen to people like them. At any rate, I’ve heard this question/response many times…

  6. The default position with these GOP extremists is that any woman claiming rape is lying about it. Or that her rape doesn’t qualify her for any sort of compassion or intervention (morning after pill) or an abortion in the event of pregnancy, because it’s not the “right” kind of rape, a “forcible”, “legitimate” rape.

    So is it any wonder that Rep. King hasn’t met any woman who became pregnant as a result of rape? What woman who experienced the trauma of a rape-induced pregnancy would put herself out there for Rep. King’s judgment and scorn? Extremists like Rep. King use victim-blaming and rape apologism as a strategy to keep these women hidden so they can deny their very existence.

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