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A Handy Guide To What These Various Old Conservative White Politicians Have Said About Rape

I don’t know about you, but I have such a hard time remembering which conservative politician said what ridiculously offensive thing about rape. They’re all old and white and most of them are in some state of partial baldness. They all look the same! And they all sound basically the same too, given that woman-hating bile spews from their open pie holes. Alas, they are all individual people, who hold or have held positions of power within government, and aspire to inflict their beliefs upon your life, so it behoves us to be able to keep them straight. Know thine enemies! Above, a quick overview of the most noteworthy five: Richard Mourdock (running for U.S. Senate in Indiana, current state treasurer), Iowa Congressman Steve King, Missouri Representative Todd Akin, Tom Smith (running for U.S. Senate in Pennsylvania), and and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

Rape Is "God's Will"
Or so says douchebag Richard Mourdock. Read More »
Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Huckabee On Rape
mike huckabee
He found the silver lining -- rape can result in some awesome people! Read More »

Today’s Lady News: Romney Campaign Says It Still Supports Richard Mourdock

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Rape Babies A Blessing
Candidate Richard Mourdock says rape is part of God's plan. Read More »
  • Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign says it still supports the Tea Party’s Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who mind-bogglingly said that “God intended” pregnancies that result from rape. Mourdock is running a TV ad featuring Romney; the presidential campaign is apparently A-OK with continuing that endorsement. Keeeeeeep digging yourselves in a hole, boys. The election is ever so close. [AP, Guardian UK]
  • A Federal Appeals Court has ruled that Planned Parenthood in Indiana cannot be denied government funding under Medicaid even if the state objects that clinics provide abortion care. The ruling affirms “patients’ statutory right to obtain medical care from the qualified provider of their choice.” [Democracy NowFeminist.org]
  • The “Floral Kiss” laptop and six other patronizing for-women-only products. [The Week]
  • Bitch magazine editor-in-chief on why she didn’t run the Caitlin Moran interview. (ICYMI, here’s a post in which I go into the back story.) [Bitch Magazine]
  • Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes is just what it sounds like: one big ol’ headdesk. [Fuck No Sexist Halloween Costumes via Feministing]
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Another Male Politician Says Pregnancy From Rape Is A “Blessing” That Happened As God “Intended,” But I Have Questions About This Whole “God’s Intention” Thing

Akin's Rape Science
Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
Huckabee On Rape
mike huckabee
He found the silver lining -- rape can result in some awesome people! Read More »
"Forcible Rape"
Behind Republicans' attempts to redefine rape. Read More »

“The only exception I have to have an abortion is in the case of the life of the mother. I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God. I think that even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

This particularly quotable line of crap comes courtesy of Richard Mourdock, a Tea Party-backed U.S. Senate candidate (and current state treasurer) from the state of Indiana, who was speaking at a debate against his opponent Rep. Joe Donnelly last night. Ohhhhh, the utterly reprehensible gall to tell any woman who was raped or the victim of incest that she should find the silver lining in her “horrible” situation (do you really think it’s horrible, Dick, or do you need to look the word up in a dictionary again?). Alas, we’ve heard this particular line more than a few times this election season, and I have to say, on top of making me insane with anger, it also confuses me. Because it seems that, really, by this logic, you could decide that anything that happens in life was intended by God and choose to see the outcome of that situation as “a blessing.” Including, you know, an abortion. Keep reading »

Congressman Joe Walsh Says “Life Of The Mother” Never An Issue

Looks like Joe Walsh won’t be getting off Jon Stewart’s list of the craziest guys in Congress any time soon: Last night in a debate with his opponent, Democrat Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois rep and Tea Party favorite explained that he is “pro-life without exception.” He continued, “Understand though, that when we talk about exceptions, we talk about rape, incest, health of a woman, life of a woman. Life of the woman is not an exception.” Duckworth accused Walsh of allowing a woman to die rather than get an abortion, and Walsh said that was unfair. After the debate, he explained further to the press, NPR reports.

  • He told CNN: ”This is an issue that opponents of life throw out there to make us look unreasonable. There’s no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing, with advances in science and technology. Health of the mother has been, has become a tool for abortions any time under any reason.”
  • He told WGN: “With modern technology and science, you can’t find one instance … there is no such exception as life of the mother, and as far as health of the mother, same thing.” Read more…

Argentina Allows Woman Trapped In Sex Slavery To Have Abortion

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  • Argentina has allowed a woman who was forced into sex slavery to have an abortion. The 32-year-old woman had been kidnapped and forced into a prostitution ring, which got her impregnated. A judge had initially refused to allow her an abortion because he said there was no proof she had been raped. (In the predominantly Catholic country, abortion is illegal except in cases of rape or to save a woman’s life.) The abortion was finally done today after the ruling was overturned. [BBC]
  • Reddit’s general manager explains why he won’t ban creepiness in the form of “creepshots” and “jailbait.” [BuzzFeed]
  • On how women of color and low-income women are collateral damage in the war on women. [ColorLines]
  • Philadelphia police are throwing a fundraising party for a cop who was fired for punching a woman. [Think Progress] Keep reading »

VP Debate: Joe Biden Vs. Paul Ryan On Abortion

Who's Paul Ryan?
Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney Announces Rep. Paul Ryan As His Vice Presidential Pick
12 things to know about Mitt Romney's new running mate. Read More »
Paul Ryan Backpedals
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What? Who me? Nah, I didn't say anything about rape and abortion. Read More »
Abortion Rights
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"I'm not going to interfere with that."

Towards the end of last night’s extremely entertaining (I thought) Vice Presidential Debate, moderator Martha Raddatz asked Joe Biden and Paul Ryan the following question:

“We have two Catholic candidates, first time on a stage such as this, and I would like to ask you both to tell me what role your religion has played in your own personal views on abortion. Please talk about how you came to that decision. Talk about how your religion played a part in that. And please, this is such an emotional issue for so many people in this country. Please talk personally about this if you could.”

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