Talk about the equivalent of a Catholic Church sex abuse scandal within the Republican Party! Dr. Dean Kilpatrick, author of a key 1996 study on rape in the United States, tells the Los Angeles Times in interview today that “as many as 50,000 rape-related pregnancies” occur “each year.”
And this presumably doesn’t include the victims of incest that are made pregnant.
Akin to Pope Benedict and his bishops looking the other way concerning pedophile priests, Mitt Romney, Paul Ryan, and the Republican Party’s leadership generally have a history of looking the other way and minimizing the pervasive problem of rape. Here’s the Daily Beast:
Romney said in 2007 he would be “delighted” to sign a bill banning all abortions, and Ryan supported legislation restricting abortions to victims of “forcible rape.”
Delighted. How could one ever be “delighted” to tell a victim of rape or incest that she cannot terminate her pregnancy? Could you ever use the word “delighted” in such a context?
There’s something perverse in Mitt Romney, that he could declare his pleasure in sticking it to violated women politically, holding them in place, and deciding for them, against their will, where their bodies must go.
The gleeful, smug, and male-driven politics of banning abortion utterly, in all circumstances, is sublimated rape after rape. It’s time to start saying so.