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12

Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant: commentary

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Abortion is bad.  I get it.  I don’t think abortion is good either.  In a perfect world, there would be no need for abortions, but I really want to focus in on one aspect of this.

“His claim about “legitimate” types of rape is not completely foreign to the current Republican Congress, however…”

When you define rape, you need to be really fucking careful.  How you define it will impact when and if women report their rapes, if they press charges and if they seek medical attention.  If forcable rape is the only kind of rape that counts, then we could very easily have women who don’t report their rapes because they weren’t forcable.  Rape is under-reported enough as it is.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,”

One more thing before I go.  Pretending like his logic behind women, rape and pregnancy is sound, lots of things are really rare, really.  HIV has a really low transmission rate compared to other STIs.  Does that mean we should stop using condoms because HIV has a really low transmission rate?  No.  We shouldn’t.

We shouldn’t attempt to put further limits on womens reproductive rights because old white men think they’re hot shit.

““Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,” Akin said. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.””

So does he only think that there should be punishment for rape if the woman gets pregnant?

What exactly do you call forcing a woman to carry a child that was conceived in non-consensual sex?  A walk in the park?  And for all you people who think..”well she could give the baby up for adoption…”  Adoption is a really shitty alternative for abortion.  Pregnancy isn’t easy.  When my mom was pregnant with my brother and I, she had a normal, healthy pregnancy.  However, her normal, healthy pregnancy included two months straight of morning sickness.  She had to completely rearrange her work schedule to keep working.  Lots of normal, healthy pregnancies have all kinds of things that turn the womans life upside down.  Things you just have to live with, but it’s worth it to live with because at the end of it, you have a baby.  A baby you want and a baby you love.  If your baby was conceived in a non-consensual sexual encounter- wanting or loving that baby aren’t givens.  So all the hardship of pregnancy and labor…it’s for nothing.

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