Legitimate Rape; What?

August 26, 2012

It has been an interesting week in politics. The G.O.P. finished off its campaign to secure voter support amongst the few remaining right wing nuts, ultra Catholics and ultra-misogynists who may have been wavering between voting for the Romney-Ryan ticket or not at all.

By protesting heartily against an ignorant bumpkin who believes that women can actually control conception post intercourse and then announcing their position against fetal termination for any reason whatsoever they demonstrate their well  known hypocrisy. They have suddenly become the party of legitimate rape; a concept so odious that it takes my breath away.

No matter that a woman has been humiliated, physically injured and thrust into a spotlight she did not ask for, she would be forced to endure another nine months of the same. Forced to endure a birth of child for which she did not ask, and then to cap it all the most fervent of the fools who seem to roam the cruel acres of republican thought want to allow the rapist access to the child.

Just to make it clear. Rape is rape. A disgusting and violent crime against a woman (and some men) that has nothing to do with the desire to have children and nurture them. It has to do with aberrant and criminal sexual behavior.

Even supposing a woman, having been raped, forgoes termination, endures nine moths of carrying an unwanted fetus, and gives birth to this ‘gift from god’ (thank you, Mike Huckabee), who will be there to give support and care to the child and the mother? Not the republican party that wants to reduce child care, food stamps, education, any kind of social safety net to third world levels. Not the republican party that continually drones on and on about what they call ‘family values’.

Here is what their family values amount to. Just suppose that the daughter of a well known and naturally wealthy republican politician were to be raped by a drug crazed escapee from a mental institution (belated thanks to R. Reagan). Despite her protests that she wants to carry this pregnancy, this ‘gift from god’ to term you know what will happen. There will be a discrete termination in a clinic run by and for those who can afford it. It might even be in the United Sates.

My revulsion to this latest odious move to even more extremism by the G.O.P. only adds to my already festering disgust at everything this party has done in the recent past and stands for today. Perhaps there were reasonable and compassionate republicans in the distant past. Perhaps there are still a few left. If so they are remarkably almost scarily quiet.

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