Here We Go Again: GOP Lawmaker Says Rape Can Make Beautiful Children

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What is it about Republican politicians that make them such ardent defenders of conception by rape? Two years after the U.S. Senate campaigns of Todd Akin (MO) and Richard Mourdock (IN) ran aground over insensitive comments about rape, the GOP is still casting itself as the party of rape apologists.

Re-branding has failed because Republicans have embraced anti-choice dogma so thoroughly that many of them won’t even consider permitting abortions for victims of rape or incest. This rigid ideological position puts them in the awkward situation of having to defend the indefensible.

The idea that women who are victims of rape or incest should have no choice to terminate their pregnancy is ridiculous. Ridiculous stances lead to ludicrous arguments. So it should come as no surprise that a Republican lawmaker has once again stumbled, when trying to defend compulsory childbirth for rape victims who become pregnant.

In a debate over West Virginia’s Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, Delegate Brian Kurcaba (R-Monongalia) stated, “Obviously rape is awful. What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.” You see, rape is bad, but just think of the opportunities it provides. What starts out awful, could lead to something beautiful. Therefore, Kurcaba reasons, we should not let rape victims terminate their pregnancies after 20 weeks. Never mind the woman’s trauma, think of the cute baby that could result.

Clearly the Todd Akin wing of the Republican Party never went away. The 2016 Presidential primaries will give each Republican candidate a chance to clarify his or her position on abortion. It will also pose some risk for one or more of the candidates to stumble on the issue of rape, as it relates to reproductive choice.

Republican candidates have a habit of trying to burnish their conservative credentials, by being more anti-abortion than the candidate standing next to them on a debate stage. Proving how pro-life one is, by wading into the murky waters of being an apologist for rape, may be a good strategy for winning a Republican primary. However, it’s a position that demeans women, and in a general election, it is also a recipe for political suicide.

50 Replies to “Here We Go Again: GOP Lawmaker Says Rape Can Make Beautiful Children”

  1. In these men’s minds the WOMEN either ENJOYED it secretly, or it is HER FAULT, for Something she did….Until these men are taken out and RAPED they will never change. Women are chattle to them, something they own….Any Women dem or GOP that votes for these monsters should have their heads examined…

  2. These guys just cant help themselves. If they have nothing to add to help in protecting women and their rights, why dont they just stop talking.

  3. yeah… you can put lipstick on a pig too… or make lemonade… or make a silk purse…

    can these people ever think of anything except platitudes that feed into some pre-conceived notion that fits their view of the world?

    if there is a god why would s/he want to torture a anyone in this manner?

  4. These would be the same morons who would refuse food stamps to poor children. The unborn baby is such a “beautiful thing”. Once out of the womb though the child is just another taker. The Republicans can’t see the hypocrisy there.

  5. What she did was have a vulva. Everyone knows those evil horseshoe magnets just suck in innocent penises off the street, and that anyone who possesses one (or, in their eyes, is possessed by one) is guilty if she does not shield the penis-havers from its malign influence.

  6. And You know that the likes of Phylis Schaffely <?spelling would back up this pro-rape legislator. The GOP IS pro Rape! How sick can one party be? It's as if they in a conscious manner revel in the depths of human depravity and mental aberration and dare us to call them on it! They just pull out the Bible and the Constitution and TRY to make US look like WE are really the evil ones. It is high time for a REAL revolution against these cretins, in the words of the tea potty We SANE Americans want our's and your country BACK! Notice that unlike the tea pottiers I included EVERY American!

  7. Again showing how little these goofs know but how little they feel; this guy thinks just because Fox and talk radio make up propagandizing lies its his responsibility as a republican to do the same.

  8. I used to babysit for woman who gave birth and kept her child after a rape. The man was convicted but she had a lot of issues with depression.Do I judge anyone for their personal decisions either way? They can talk about cute all they want however with no assistance, no child care assistance (believe me I have been waiting for child care assistance for 2 years with the county) I don’t know where the GOP gets off talking about how bad welfare and child care assistance is and next wants every woman to pop out kids and live on the streets. I am having my dead beat x live in my house and because I can’t afford a babysitter. I wish I hadn’t been in belief that there was all this help for me when there is nothing. If he leaves I will lose my job and be on the streets just another way to make women powerless and dependent.

  9. Could it be that this GOP “human-waste product” is actually a “real” underground “serial-rapist” himself? And that he himself actually “wants’ too become the (rape) “Father” of a whole lot of “Beautiful Children” that will all look just like him. Their “RAPE DADDY”??? How Sweet. [WINK]

  10. I guess women having babies they were forced to give birth to need to start leaving them on these lawmakers doorsteps.

  11. And would these law makers be willing to adopt these cute babies at birth to love and raise as their own because the mother wants nothing to do with it. Nothing is more beautiful than an innocent baby. Would they want to raise a baby their wife or daughters was impregnated by rape of another man? What if that baby was black or brown or green or purple? Would it still be beautiful and loved? Or would they be kicked out to raise that baby on their own? Most rapists are not Rhode Scholars or handsome actors! Think more of a Louie Gohmert type! Having a baby is a lifetime commitment, it’s not like hatching an egg.

  12. I suppose he’s just not smart enough to understand that this “beautiful” baby will be the product of both parents genes. Rape is an act of violence. Will the child grow up to be violent like the father? I’ve read the stories of women who were raped and forced to give birth and raise the child. There is some evidence that they inherit the violent genetic profile of the father. I would like to see more science based research on the subject, but then the GOP would never fund it.

  13. You “mis-spelled” your name it should be PHOOEY(THE)RAT! I just “fixed” it for you. [WINK] I think.

  14. I bet his tune and those in the GOP who think like him will change IF one of THEIR daughters get raped! By {{GASP}} a White, Black, Asian, Hispanic or Arab ex-con who happens to have AIDS. What then gentlemen?

  15. There should be THOUSANDS of letters flooding this creep’s office. The man (Delegate Brian Kurcaba (R-Monongalia)does NOT belong in representative government! His thinking and morals are flawed. Common sense deprived.

  16. The tea bag/repubs only want the BIRTH period. They don’t help the woman before or after and then allow the BIRTHED BABY die anyway.

    So much for being PRO-LIFE, sounds more like PRO-DEATH.

  17. How the GOP Slowly Went Insane
    There are smart, honest conservatives at the ready to help govern practically and sincerely, but they are drowned out by the guttural scream of craven utopians raging against reality. This moment in American political life is insane. That a group of narrow-minded zealots could push us to the brink of economic ruin, that they maintain a base of support in their frenzied, quixotic, incompetent gambit, that there is an apparatus that exists to defend this kind of nonsense.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/10/how-the-gop-slowly-went-insane/280614/

    Republicans’ Big Problem With Crazy
    Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. In nurturing and radicalizing its extremist fringe – in pursuit of short-term gain – the Republican establishment created a political Frankenstein.
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/aug/15/republicans-big-problem-with-crazy

  18. My beautiful redheaded 15 year old niece, lived in a small Tx town, all white and Christian. She got raped by a visiting Football team black person, whom she never saw before or after.
    Her dad being a righteous man, would not hear of any other choices for his only daughter, forget about counseling.
    When the child was born, and clearly see that it is a black child, he disowns her and the child, and divorces his wife.
    She has to quit school and raise this (not beautiful)child that has come to ruin
    her life. She becomes drug addicted and dies in the prime of life. The child then goes to live with the only grandmother he has. And now, as a 30 yr adult, is divorced because he has not worked ever.

    Lives could have been spared from this unfortunate tragedy

  19. If he could be forcibly impregnated through rape and carry his rapist’s child for nine months, maybe he’d change his tune.

  20. Listen up Republicans..If money laundering ever gets you locked up, you will be sold for a pack of cigarettes promptly. No exceptions. Any questions contact your representative and I hope his last name isn’t Murdock or Akin.

  21. “Suppose you were an idiot. And suppose you were a Republican. But I repeat myself.”
    Democratic President Harry S. Truman

  22. Romney, Paul Ryan, Todd Akin, Roger Rivard, Rick Berg and Richard Mourdock are too closely associated and have been cast as women degraders in the worst light. Now we can add John Koster(R) of Washington state saying “Rape is not a good enough thing for a woman to have an abortion.” We can add Trent Franks of Arizona and Delegate Brian Kurcaba (R-Monongalia)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KazMQGqX_dI === Paul Ryan

  23. They want every lucky sperm to have its shot at continuing to beat the odds. Women are merely sperm lockers, who should be delighted to play host.
    Once the sperm has run its course, and become an infant, it’s on its own. The sperm locker is ready for its next occupant.

  24. What is it about Republican politicians that make them such ardent defenders of conception by rape?

    Maybe its the fact that so many of them needed hookers and/or mistresses (Schwarzenegger, Sanford, Vitter, Giuliani, etc.), they think conception by rape is standard procedure, too . . .

    .

  25. Come on, don’t go there. I got accused of being racist all the time in 2008 because I supported Clinton rather than Obama. It is possible to dislike or disagree with a black person and not be racist. Playing the race card constantly is such a weak and gutless thing to do as democrats.

  26. I am sorry you are having such a rough time. I remember what it was like being a single Mom and my ex always paid his child support and helped me when he could. It still was not easy and I will never be financially stable for several reasons, one being having to take any crappy work I could when I found myself alone. You hang in there and I admire your strength in handling this the best you can. The best thing you can do for your kids now is to get along with their Dad and keep peace, not berate him etc…. I learned that lesson the hard way. Keep hanging in there.

  27. Who raises the beautiful child? The 16-year-old rape victim who has no job, has to probably drop out of school, therefore gets no college, has to work a minimum wage job if she can, all the money of which goes to childcare, therefore she lives in poverty all her life and every time she turns to the state for help, she gets denied, denied, denied…because idiots like this so-called lawmaker think it’s okay to cut food stamps and other assistance for parents and their children?

    These people are NOT pro-life. They are forced-birthers who do not give one damn about anyone’s life but their own. Their own actions tell us that.

  28. The people who vote for these evil idiots a) need psychiatric help and /or b) need locking up. THEIR stupidity leaves me speechless.

  29. OK, so when will the GOP start pushing a law to harvest sperm from all the imprisoned child molesters and rapists and use it to impregnate women everywhere since it would result in so many beautiful babies? Why even arrest and jail those folks at all since they’re just spreading a lot of beauty? And I bet those kids could all grow up to be GOP politicians too!

  30. Great idea!

    And don’t forget the shame the woman must endure while the rapist (often) happily skips along free!

  31. The way these lunatics think that rape is so wonderful, I worry if they are Rapists themselves. Who else would think rape is so great? Makes beautiful children?! No, it doesn’t. It makes unwanted children by a man they will despise for the rest of his life. That is when abortion is needed to free these women from their rapists. These lunatics act and talk like rapists, and I think someone should investigate them.

    ..

  32. …peeps, after a long review I have found a CURE for Republicanism…kidnap ’em all, take ’em to a prison where the inmates have been promised a lifetime supply of smokes to cooperate and leave ’em all to be prison bitches for 1 week, which for them will seem like 7 years…any survivors will change thier tune…we could just leave Syphilis Schaffley there; nobody will miss her… and see how many “beautiful babies” she has…
    If MEN could become pregnant, birth control and abortion would be Holy, untouchable sacrament available ANYWHERE,,,

  33. You are incorrect. This is not about Clinton vs. Obama. It is a FACT that racist individuals have attacked Obama from the moment he stepped into office. Try watching FUX and the constant Obama bashing as well as racist pundits who blame black victims of police brutality for their own deaths. Check on the SPLC and their reports of a huge increase in white supremacist hate groups since Obama took office.

  34. “Get along with their Dad” only if he is not an abusive individual. Staying with someone who is violent or abusive in other ways is not an acceptable situation for the mother or her children.

  35. WOW! I think you may have stumbled onto the solution. Perhaps there are a few so inclined men who would take pleasure in inflicting the indignity of unwanted penetration on a few of these right wing hicks. I wonder how many would actually report the assault? I wonder who the Hell would care? My side hurts I’m laughing so hard. Can you imagine someone slipping a boner to Boehner? P Hogan, you are my new hero/herione as the case may be.

  36. Quotes of the Founding Fathers:

    1. “Christianity is the most perverted system that ever shone on man”- Thomas Jefferson
    2. “The hocus-pocus phantasm of a God like another Cerberus, with one body and three heads, had its birth and growth in the blood of thousands and thousands of martyrs.” -Thomas Jefferson
    3. “It is too late in the day for men of sincerity to pretend they believe in the Platonic mysticisms that three are one, and one is three; and yet the one is not three, and the three are not one- Thomas Jefferson
    4. “And the day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus, by the supreme being as his father in the womb of a virgin will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the brain of Jupiter. But we may hope that the dawn of reason and freedom of thought in these United States will do away with all this artificial scaffolding, and restore to us the primitive and genuine doctrines of this the most venerated reformer of human errors.”- Thomas…

  37. 5. “There is not one redeeming feature in our superstition of Christianity. It has made one half the world fools, and the other half hypocrites.”- Thomas Jefferson
    6. “Lighthouses are more useful than churches.”- Ben Franklin .
    7. “The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.”- Ben Franklin
    8. “I looked around for God’s judgments, but saw no signs of them.”- Ben Franklin
    9. “In the affairs of the world, men are saved not by faith, but by the lack of it.”- Ben Franklin
    10. “This would be the best of all possible worlds if there were no religion in it”- John Adams
    11. “The New Testament, they tell us, is founded upon the prophecies of the Old; if so, it must follow the fate of its foundation.’- Thomas Paine
    12. “Of all the tyrannies that affect mankind, tyranny in religion is the worst.”- Thomas Paine

  38. 13. “I do not believe in the creed professed by the Jewish Church, by the Roman Church, by the Greek Church, by the Turkish Church, by the Protestant Church, nor by any Church that I know of. My own mind is my own Church. Each of those churches accuse the other of unbelief; and for my own part, I disbelieve them all.”- Thomas Paine
    14. “Take away from Genesis the belief that Moses was the author, on which only the strange belief that it is the word of God has stood, and there remains nothing of Genesis but an anonymous book of stories, fables, and traditionary or invented absurdities, or of downright lies.”- Thomas Paine
    15. “All national institutions of churches, whether Jewish, Christian or Turkish, appear to me no other than human inventions, set up to terrify and enslave mankind, and monopolize power and profit.”- Thomas Paine

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