This topic came up during a campaign in Missouri, while discussing rights of women to terminate a pregnancy. During an interview he spoke about “legitimate rape” and later trying to say he misspoke, in efforts to focus on his stance on the topic. In doing so he has placed focus, not on abortion, but on the topic of rape in the US and the number of pregnancies that are estimated to occur from them. As a father of daughters I feel compelled to chime in and say “are you kidding me?”. Let’s get real, the statement wasn’t a misquote, but rather a freudian slip divulging a scary mentality. People like this want to run our country? Pass laws for my daughters? It’s scary. Don’t get me wrong. I’m no fan of the anti-male garbage rhetoric out there by a bunch of angry at men …OK let me stop here (another topic for another day). But we as a society have to get real with legislators trying to minimize rape and pass laws that treat victimized women as, well, people to be victimized again. Forget about the pregnancies that occur through rape (that he’s pretending don’t happen) for just a minute and realize that deep down he’s trying to separate “legitimate rape” from rape. How about PREVENTING rape in the first place? Yes, every year there are cases of women falsely claiming rape or cases of he-said she-said stemming from mixed signals. But too many cases go unreported and much of it stems from people like this that want to get into Congress to make laws that govern my littler girls. A scary situation in my book. Perhaps if he was put into tight shorts with a pack of Marlboros around his neck and dropped in a maximum security prison for a while he’d have a more accurate understanding of the issue. Until then it’s scary to think he and people like him can be in power. That’s my take.
- It’s Not Shocking That Republican Senate Nominee Thinks Women Can’t Get Pregnant From ‘Legitimate Rape’ (jezebel.com)