The C is for Crank

Koster: No Reason to Allow Abortion for "The Rape Thing"

By Erica C. Barnett October 31, 2012

The C Is For Crank

To paraphrase Tina Fey: What is it with Republican men and rape? 

If you wondered what First Congressional District candidate John Koster thinks about allowing women to have abortions—a legal medical procedure, by the way, as long as folks like Koster aren't in power—in cases of incest or rape, now you know: He's against it, on account of "the rape thing" just really isn't that big a deal. 

From video taken a fundraiser in Everett this past Sunday: "Incest is so rare. 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, and she doesn't regret it. In fact, she's 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? Y'know what I mean?" 

Spoken just like someone who has never been in danger of pregnancy from rape. 

Aaron Ostrom, executive director of the Fuse Foundation, which supports Koster's Democratic opponent, Suzan DelBene, says of Koster's statement, "It certainly seems like the kind of thing that, if you're a woman voter, it should be cause for concern. ... You always wonder what [anti-choice politicians] are thinking, why they don't make exceptions, and when you find out, you almost don't want to know."

Watch the whole video here:  

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