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Rape, Pregnancy and the New GOP

Far too many GOP legislators and candidates have reached the fringe of the right and we cannot allow their personal beliefs to have power over women's bodies and choices.

It needs to be discussed. Many would like to push it under the rug or pretend it isn’t anything more than a distraction. But the absolute, unwavering, uncompromising, fundamental beliefs embraced by our legislators, President and Vice President are something to be strongly considered.

This week, candidate for U.S. Senate, Richard Mourdock, stepped into a big steamy pile of his own words. Mourdock stated that a pregnancy caused by rape was God’s intention and a gift. Well, by that reasoning, should we no longer support the treatment of sexually transmitted disease contracted through rape? Maybe we should start naming the heavenly bestowed STDs as well. I can hear it now, “Have you seen my little chlamydia? Her name is Emma and she is a gift from God.”

Perhaps that seems flippant or insensitive. But it illustrates the flawed logic of these continual statements seeping out from the corners of the right.

Listen, I fully believe that a child born out of rape is as precious and worthy as any other child. If the mother chooses to allow the pregnancy to progress, then more power to her. I have great admiration for that level of strength. But it absolutely must be her choice and her choice alone.

What needs to be understood, aside from the utter disregard for the rights of women and victims, is that Mitt Romney endorses this hoo-ha and Paul Ryan thinks just like him.

Sure, Romney can try to back away. But if you believe for one second that Romney/Ryan didn’t know about Mourdock’s extremist views prior to this demonstration of verbal diarrhea then I have a bridge to nowhere to sell you. And in fact, Romney is still allowing his endorsement video to be aired.

It is widely known that Paul Ryan is very anti-choice and he has made several statements which resemble those of Mourdock’s just a little too closely.  Akin, Mourdock, Rivard or Ryan – this is just a small sample of the agenda-laden extremists taking over our government under the guise of lower taxes and, ironically, freedom.

We have a local example in Tea Party candidate, Pamela Stevens, who is taking on state Senator Bob Wirch, D-Kenosha, in this upcoming election. She speaks endlessly about freedom and how we shouldn’t have to “do what we are told” and that we should be left to “make our own mistakes”. Yet as loud as she is with her cries for freedom, she is even more emphatic about her anti-choice stance on reproductive rights.

In fact, in the Spring, she and a companion garnered a lot of attention at the Governor Primary Town Hall in Racine after her companion started shouting, seemingly out of nowhere, “murderer” and other anti-choice phrases. It was just bizarre.

Does anyone really think that women enjoy having an abortion? It’s not like we save up all year in hopes of the possibility for that fun-filled day of pregnancy termination. And while some may be impacted by such a decision more so than others, I can assure you with almost absolute certainty that no woman in the world WANTS to have an abortion. And that isn’t any less true for victims of rape.

Over 30,000 women each year are faced with a pregnancy resulting from rape. And the impact of that pregnancy is completely different on a woman's psychological health and to a much greater degree than women impregnated through consensual sex. The economic, medical, emotional and physical effects can be overwhelming after a rape; often a lifelong struggle. Add a resulting pregnancy to the mix and take away their choice - just as the rapist has already done - and the subsequent toll that would take on a person is almost incomprehensible.

More, it is cruel and barbaric.

Women are not just baby vessels. We are not mere incubators. We are NOT our uterus. We are human beings in the here and now. We have the right to our choices, our freedoms, and our own judgment. Some of you may think that abortion is a mistake. Well, in the words of Pamela Stevens, “…let us make our own mistakes…” and leave us the hell alone.

I would like to close with a recent quote by Tina Fey. She is brilliant and hilarious and I couldn’t say it any better:

"If I have to listen to one more gray-faced man with a two-dollar haircut explain to me what rape is, I'm gonna lose my mind. I watch these guys and I'm, like, 'What is happening? Am I a secretary on 'Mad Men'? What's happening?'"

Heather Rayne Geyer October 26, 2012 at 05:41 PM
After writing this, I watched The Daily Show last night. This segment is just so great with describing this issue and so I just had to add it. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-october-25-2012/republican-candidate-said-what-about-rape-now-
Sarah October 26, 2012 at 05:49 PM
"Your an idiot" <-- maybe you should check your spelling before making claims about another person's intelligence.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
@Tim - disagree with her stance, but name-calling and getting personal is unacceptable. Change your comment or I'm deleting it.
CowDung October 26, 2012 at 06:25 PM
It does tend to add to the insult when one's intelligence is questioned by someone that isn't smart enough to use the correct form of 'your/you're'...
Johnny Blade October 26, 2012 at 06:31 PM
So when does the Baby get thier RIGHTS? Do you think it is right with Abortion on demand that if by ultrasound i find out my child is a girl and i wanted a boy that it is my choice to abort? You obviously don't care about others but your own selfishness
James R Hoffa October 26, 2012 at 07:21 PM
@HRG - Do you honestly think it's fair to compare someone who said "I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen," to Pam Stevens' platform of: "Let me be VERY clear about my PRO-LIFE position, there is NO gray area for me: Pre-born children have “a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed. A baby is a baby at conception."" You also failed to acknowledge that Mourdock apologized for misrepresenting his position on rape: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2012/10/24/mourdock-god-intended-for-babies-to-result-from-rape/ Is there a reason you're not telling the whole story and making unfounded correlations between two different candidates in two different states running for two very different offices? What about the rights of the father in non-rape non-incest cases of abortion? You conveniently ignore even mentioning such rights - why? If it takes a consensual two to create a life, then shouldn't both parents have to consent before deciding to terminate such a life?
James R Hoffa October 26, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Hoffa supports the legality of reasonable abortions (within the first trimester except in cases pertaining to the life of the mother) with the following conditions: 1) the decision can be unilateral (by the mother) only in cases of criminally reported rape, incest, or if pregnancy complications are jeopardizing the life of the mother; and 2) the decision must be bilateral (both the mother and the father in full agreement) in all other circumstances, as after all, it takes two to create a life, therefore it should take the consent of two to terminate a life (the only exception made here reverting it back to a unilateral decision would be upon proof of the death of the father). And ALL contraceptives and abortions MUST be self funded, without any support from taxpayers - the only exception would be in the case of a criminal conviction of an alleged rapist, and even then, the rapist would first be divested, with public funds only used to account for any deficiencies realized, with the rapist having to repay his public debt (which would not be dischargeable in bankruptcy). Hoffa believes that his is the fairest compromise to both sides and would actively and openly support such a framework.
o 2b incognito October 26, 2012 at 07:23 PM
This is plain and simple--Rape is not an act of procreation.
JustinH October 26, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Bet you won't watch this video.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BmCWHfPCAHY&feature=player_detailpage (WARNING, video is graphic, not for all audiences). This is the TRUE story of your "Right" to do as you please with your body... btw, did you know that a lot of abortions are conducted cuz certain types of women or young teens don't know how to keep their legs closed???? If a woman spreads her legs and lets some guy spew his seed in her, then She should bare that responsibility... not kill a beating heart... In cases of rape, I would say the woman should have the option should she get pregnant.
Racine Progressive October 26, 2012 at 08:47 PM
As Joe Biden said so well during his debate with Lyin' Ryan - his Catholic faith defines who he is, but he should not be able to impose his beliefs upon others. What is particularly heinous is that over 20 states allow for child visitation rights for the rapist/parent, so the woman that was raped (and not allowed to abort the fetus from this terrible crime), is forced to see her attacker over and over again.
YAMATO October 26, 2012 at 08:48 PM
So what heather! You got 50 million dead aborted kids on hands. A few ill-made comments are nothing. GOD loves your dumb arse.
Racine Progressive October 26, 2012 at 08:51 PM
How magnanimous of Hoffa to give his qualified approval. The women of America bow down to your paternalistic generosity. So should boner pills like Viagra be covered by insurance? They are now. Contraceptives should be free and easily available.
James R Hoffa October 26, 2012 at 09:10 PM
@Racine Progressive - "How magnanimous of Hoffa to give his qualified approval. The women of America bow down to your paternalistic generosity." Yes, yes, most people are indeed in awe of Hoffa and his logic - it's only natural! "So should boner pills like Viagra be covered by insurance? They are now." Insurance should cover whatever the policy holder is paying for it to cover. Personally, Hoffa doesn't believe in the concept of health care insurance covering U&C care - only catastrophic policies should be permitted, as by definition, insurance was originally designed to "hedge against the risk of a contingent, uncertain loss." Anything other than catastrophic care should be paid for direct out-of-pocket by the patient as they utilize health care services. "Contraceptives should be free and easily available." Umm... nothing in life is free - someone always has to pay. And as far as contraceptives are concerned, Hoffa agrees that they should be "easily available," and they already are. But everyone should have to buy / pay for their own as they require them - the government (taxpayers) should NOT be providing them or subsidizing them in any way. It's called exercising individual personal responsibility - look it up some time!
TherightISwrong October 26, 2012 at 09:16 PM
There is a great way to stop a large majority of abortions and unwanted children and it is cheaper on our economy and our conscious. Free contraception to all that want it. You can say that if a girl can't keep her legs closed then she deserves to bare the responsiblity, but at that point we all end up paying for it. We pay for the subsidized health care, the WIC program to feed it, and the free housing to shelter it. You are all for the right of the unborn child, but you give a crap about it once it is born. To you then it is just another bottom feeder on our society that you look down on. Try looking past your bible thumping crap and look at the big picture. Keep your religion out of my life. You have the right to believe what you want, but you don't have the right to force it on other people.
CowDung October 26, 2012 at 09:31 PM
G-d forbid that anyone be forced to take responsibility for their actions...
James R Hoffa October 26, 2012 at 09:35 PM
@TherightISwrong - Nothing is free - someone always ends up paying. You only see two options: 1) have the government provide no-cost or subsidized contraceptives; or 2) have the government pay for the resultant unwanted child. Neither of the options you advocate promote individual personal responsibility. You state: "Keep your religion out of my life. Keep your religion out of my life. You have the right to believe what you want, but you don't have the right to force it on other people." Well, Hoffa states: Keep your life out of my pocketbook! You have the right to do whatever you want, but you don't have the right to expect others (taxpayers) to have to pay for your actions/decisions! Bottom line - BE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN ACTIONS! If you want to have sex but not have a child, fine - buy your own contraceptives. If you want to have sex without caring about the probable results, fine - but be prepared to accept and pay for such probable responsibilities. Personal responsibility - there's nothing wrong with it, is there?
JustinH October 26, 2012 at 09:52 PM
I'm not overly religious, but anyone that's sane knows that abortions KILL children... In fact I rarely go to church, and haven't read the bible much... I've done a lot of wrongs, but I look at my children everyday and ask myself, how can people just blatantly say killing kids is someone's right?? Can you honestly look at yourself in the mirror after seeing the faces of those aborted children in the video and then say... yeah, that was the right thing to do?? Now take a pic of one of those aborted children's faces, and put it side by side to a pic of a newborn baby. Not much difference there, is there?? How would you feel if your mother aborted you just because she didn't want to be pregnant?? Now look at a baby in the store and try to tell yourself, yeah, that baby shouldn't be here, it should have been aborted... go ahead try it.
Bob Blaski October 27, 2012 at 01:22 AM
Here's an idea...In the case of pregnancy resulting from rape, do not compound the tragety of the situation by killing the ionnocent babe! A better and just alternative is to administer a lethal injection to the criminal, despicable dad!
Lyle Ruble October 27, 2012 at 01:06 PM
@JRH...I want you to look at this issue from a slightly different perspective. You claim that your money shouldn't be used to support contraception and abortions. I think you'll agree that abortion, with restrictions, is the law of the land. Following your argument, if I am opposed to war, then my tax dollars shouldn't be used to pay for the instruments of war and the waging of war. By your logic I should be able to withhold the portion of my taxes that goes for the military. As a society I am not allowed to do that and face time in jail for doing so. Why would your position be allowed and mine not? As far as two sexually capable people are needed to create a pregnancy, that is true; but, there is only one party that is capable of carrying the offspring to term giving her a special status. It is her body and since the offspring is part of her, she should have the right of choice to remove it without the permission of anyone else. The rule of law allows for legal discrimination and that the male is legally discriminated against is perfectly legal and proper.
Brian Dey October 27, 2012 at 07:46 PM
Hey PR, talk about an ignorant statement. Contraceptives should be free? Hmm... Let's see, let me try to walk you through a scenario that would make more sense than your claim that contraceptives should be free. First let's point to specific rights outlined in the constitution: Right to free speech: So every pen. computer, paper, tape recorder, blow-horn, amplifier, microphone, telephone, cell phone, etc... should be free. Right to Bear Arms: So every one should be issued a free gun. You get the point, I hope. Contraceptives are readily available, but it is not my responsibility to pay for your contraceptives. That is where you lefties want these conversations to lead, so I will by your contraceptives when you buy me a gun.
Brian Dey October 27, 2012 at 07:47 PM
So why do you and the Obama administration feel its okay to impose your beliefs on us? What a bunch of typical left-wingnut philosophy.
Brian Dey October 27, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Agreed Hoffa!!!
Brian Dey October 27, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Lyle- She just doesn't have the right to expect us to pay for it. What is sooooo hard about that. She can have a free abortion when she gives me a free gun. Isn't it our right to keep and bear arms? What if I can't afford a gun? Should the government buy me one?
James R Hoffa October 27, 2012 at 08:59 PM
@Lyle - The federal government is constitutionally charged with providing for the national defense, which all citizens benefit from, correct? Where in the constitution does it state that the federal government is charge with providing birth control and/or abortions for women, as Hoffa can't find that part anywhere? "It is her body and since the offspring is part of her, she should have the right of choice to remove it without the permission of anyone else. The rule of law allows for legal discrimination and that the male is legally discriminated against is perfectly legal and proper." Hoffa respectfully disagrees and the law should be changed in this regard - the father should have rights as well, except in the cases of criminally reported rape, incest, and where the life of the mother is at issue. This would also encourage more responsible sexual practices in our culture/society.
Heather Asiyanbi (Editor) October 28, 2012 at 01:02 AM
@Bob - but it's okay for the woman to suffer further emotional, mental and physical trauma by carrying a baby conceived in rape or incest to term?! That is barbaric and inhumane.
JustinH October 28, 2012 at 02:40 AM
@ Heather A. In cases of rape the girl should have the option available to end the rape induced pregnancy, but all other cases have no basis to abort. You spew this word around "barbaric". You want to see the real true side of barbaric? Can you handle it? Or are you just so hyped up to make sure you have that choice to legally kill a child, who has done nothing wrong, but being inside someone that's barbaric enough to let some nut job stick an instrument into the child's skull and suck its brains out, while its still ALIVE... Did you know that a fetus is CAPABLE of feeling pain??? Isn't that cruel and unusual punishment??? Isn't THAT being barbaric? I dare you to go to an abortion clinic, and watch an abortion, then look at the tiny face after they get done sucking its little brains out and toss it aside like its yesterday's garbage. LOOK at that face and say "You deserved to die, because your mother didn't want you, your too much of a burden on her and society. Your life didn't count because even though you can feel pain, have a beating heart and capable of hearing, your not a real child, your just garbage that your mother didn't want inside her so she can continue to be irresponsible". If going to an abortion clinic is too hard for you, yeah I'm sure that would be pretty hard, lemme give you a hand... look at this picture and say it. https://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/314124_4885513614873_1560517569_n.jpg You now know what “barbaric” is...

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