Scott Walker Pretty Sure Rape Victims Only Concerned About Abortion In The “Initial Months”
Well! It looks like good ol’ Scott “Transvaginal Probe” Walker is back with some opinions on rape, incest and abortion! On the bright side, Walker is at the very least not going full Todd Akin and seems to be aware that rape and incest victims can, in fact, get pregnant (because human women are not ducks). However, on the darker side, he is insisting that there is no need for a rape or incest exception in the 20 week abortion ban he is pushing, because they are “only concerned about that in the initial months.”
I’ve gotta say. Scott Walker sure knows a lot about rape victims and their abortions for someone who has never been a rape victim trying to obtain an abortion. I would say he might have some psychic abilities, but it seems as though he can’t see far enough into the future to determine that all his blabbering about rape victims and their abortions is not going to do him any favors in 2016.
Walker and other supporters of the bill claim that they are in favor of it, because they think fetuses can feel pain after 20 weeks–which is not true. However, they insist that they don’t need any actual medical proof to back this theory up, and can’t even seem to understand why they might need that. Basically this would be like me trying to ban people from eating popcorn, because I think that if someone eats popcorn around you, it turns you into a flying elephant. I’m not sure why it’s OK to make up your own categorically untrue scientific “facts” and then create laws around them, but this appears to be a running theme with the GOP in general.
Supporters of these bans also seem to believe that these abortions are had by women who were just too lazy to get abortions early on. In reality, where I like to live, only 1.5% of abortions occur after 20 weeks, and they are due to things like fetal abnormalities, the life of the mother, and other serious issues. All of which, yes, may happen to rape victims.
This bill is particularly gross because it would require doctors–in instances where the life of the mother is at risk–to attempt to save the mother in a way most likely to ensure that the child will be born. This is not always going to be the best medical decision for the mother. Again, they don’t care. Life of the mother is not actually a big deal to these people, as they consider dying in childbirth to be a beautiful martyr’s death.
In addition to fining women who have abortions after the 20-week period $10,000 and possible jail time up to three and a half years, this bill would also allow fathers to sue these women for “emotional distress.”
I don’t know. If I were a Republican candidate and I were trying to run for President of the United States, and I had seen someone screw up an entire campaign with idiotic statements about rape victims and abortion, I would probably do literally everything I can in order to avoid that particular subject. Obviously, this is not a man who learns from his past mistakes.