Could the Republicans go three whole days without saying something terrible about rape and abortion, please? It’s like they can’t help themselves! A scant week after Indiana Republican nominee Richard Mourdock said that pregnancy from rape was “something that God intended to happen,” Washington State Republican representative John Koster added his incredibly stupid commentary into the mix.
Speaking to a fundraising group this past weekend, Koster said that he strongly opposed abortion in all cases, including rape. He went on to explain that abortion was actually worse than rape, an analogy he no doubt came to because both things occur to the murky ladyparts area on a woman’s body.
To whit: “But on the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?” Koster said. Oh, but that’s not all. Koster then went on to say that he might make an exception in the case of the life of the mother.
“When a mother’s life is in danger … I’m not going to make that decision,” he said. But what about in the case of incest? Well, good thing Koster is Mayor Of Incestville and knows everything about incest.
“Incest is so rare, I mean, it’s so rare,” he told the crowd. And it’s always reported, so Koster would know. But anyway! The real thing is, Koster met this woman this one time who was raped, and she seemed okay about having the baby, and that seems like a sound foundation for establishing public policy. “But the rape thing, you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept her child, gave it up for adoption,” he told the crowd. “She doesn’t regret it. In fact, she is a big pro-life proponent.”
Pro-choice advocates are, not surprisingly, up in arms about Koster’s comments. “There are far too many extreme politicians out there that are trying to be involved in a woman’s personal medical decisions about her pregnancy,” said Sara Kiesler of Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest. And the rest of us — we’ll just sit back and wait for another old white guy to tell us how our vaginas work and what we should do with them.