GOP candidate opines on ‘the rape thing’

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Washington state Congressional candidate John Koster
Washington state Congressional candidate John Koster
Larry Stickney, kosterforcongress.com

A Congressional candidate from Washington is joining the GOP brigade of male politicians who can’t stop talking about abortion, rape, babies and women’s bodies in all the wrong ways.

Republican candidate for Congress John Koster described why he’s anti-abortion even in cases of “the rape thing.”

“Incest is so rare, I mean, it’s so rare. But the rape thing, you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept her child, gave it up for adoption. She doesn’t regret it. In fact, she is a big pro-life proponent… But on the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?”

His casual reference to rape was caught on tape over the weekend by the Seattle-based liberal group Fuse Washington.

Koster, who has Tea Party support, was immediately criticized for being “out of touch” by the campaign of his Democratic challenger in Washington’s first district, Suzan DelBene, according to Reuters.

As these Republican politicians have sought to justify their anti-abortion views, they’ve cited false science and seemed to lack an empathy chip for women who have suffered through sexual violence.

Let’s recall what we’ve witnessed in this election cycle alone.

Aug. 19 - Rep. Todd Akin says in cases of “legitimate rape,” a woman “has ways to try to shut that whole thing down” and prevent a pregnancy.

Oct. 18 – Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh says “modern technology and science” make it unnecessary to make exceptions for the health of the mother when deciding on abortion.

Oct. 23 – Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock says, “pregnancies resulting from rape are “something that God intended to happen.”


As msnbc’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski noted recently, “any 60-year-old man running in a Southern or Midwest state” should “stay away” from the subject.

“I’d say just don’t talk about babies and how they’re created,” she said.

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GOP candidate opines on 'the rape thing'

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