OMG! Obama is Condoning Rape!


That’s the latest meme from the right wing smear machine. A guest on Fox News, Republican strategist Brad Blakeman, responded to the FDA’s decision to allow the sale of Plan B contraception to those 15 and up without a prescription by declaring that Obama was “encouraging criminal behavior.”

BLAKEMAN: This makes no sense at all. You have to be 18 years old to buy a pack of cigarettes, and the president is also encouraging criminal behavior, because in most jurisdictions in America engaging in sexual intercourse at 14, 15 years old is statutory rape. The president is somehow saying in if you engage in that activity, criminal behavior, that is okay because the government is going to provide you the out for your bad decision making. […]

MACCULLUM: We had Dr. Manny Alvarez here the other day, and he, you know, has delivered thousands of babies, he’s an obstetrician, a gynecologist. He was so upset about this. You know, he said, they are giving them out like candy. He said there are college students who think that this is the — that this is contraception, it’s what they use, the day after pill in order to, you know, as a matter of course in their lives. Does that not trouble you?

BLAKEMAN: This strips away the moral fabric of our country. It’s the government basically being complicit in a criminal act. And also complicit in coming into the houses of America and telling the parents, you’re — we are bringing to bring up your children. We’ll be able to provide better for your decisions than the decisions you may make at home. I think it’s an outrage, but it’s the modus operandi of this administration. […] Should we decriminalize statutory way up and say if you’re 15, go out and have sex as a matter of law?

First of all, it’s not criminal for a 15 year old to have sex. The exact line varies by state, but statutory rape laws make it criminal for someone over a certain age to have sex with someone under a certain age (16-18, typically). And what would Blakeman suggest, that if that happens the 15 year old girl should not have access to the morning after pill? She should have to get pregnant and have a baby? Absurd. And dangerous.

Comments

  1. slc1 says

    For instance, in California, it’s felony statutory rape if one of the participants is under the age of 18 and there is an age difference of more then or equal to 3 years between them. It’s misdemeanor statutory rape if there is an age difference of less then 3 years between them. In any case, the younger is not guilty of anything.

  2. tubi says

    She should have to get pregnant and have a baby?

    Well, yes, I’d suspect. God’s will and all that…

  3. says

    … the 15 year old girl should not have access to the morning after pill? She should have to get pregnant and have a baby?

    That’s precisely what he means when he complains that “the government is going to provide you the out for your bad decision making.” Babies are punishment. I worked for Eve.

  4. steve oberski says

    So is statutory rape a legitimate rape ?

    And wouldn’t the “14, 15 years old” female body have ways to try to shut that whole thing down ?

    And why is it OK for the 15 year old female body to “shut that whole thing down” but not OK to take the morning after pill ?

    Or has the Republican position on this become more nuanced ?

  5. says

    Yeah, because rapists and child-molesters only prey on girls who use some form of birth control. And they always ask their prospective victims whether they’re using birth-control before making their move.

    If these right-wing morans want to live in a stupid pathetic fantasy world, I could write them a more pleasant (and plausible) fantasy than the one they’re currently in.

  6. slc1 says

    Re Raging Bee @ #7

    Probably fells the same way about bicycle helmets and motorcycle helmets.

  7. doublereed says

    ….rapists are not the ones using the morning after pill. It’s the girls that…nevermind. It’s just obviously stupid. Why would anyone bother to explain?

  8. says

    Maybe he means that we need them to get pregnant so we know about the sex and can trigger an automatic investiagation based on a plan no one has proposed yet.

  9. says

    Quoth the wingnut:

    we are bringing to bring up your children. We’ll be able to provide better for your decisions than the decisions you may make at home

    Unfortunately, this is probably true with regards to some parents who buy into the BS that Blakeman et al spew out.

  10. dugglebogey says

    Good lord some people know how to bring the stupid. Ferociously stupid.

  11. JustaTech says

    I really like the implication that college student use the morning-after pill in lieu of birth control. From second-hand experience, the morning-after pill sucks, so most women try to avoid needing it. Hormonal birth control !=condoms.

    And if college students really are using it all the time, maybe that’s because they never had comprehensive sex ed so they don’t know there are better options?

  12. tyros says

    So much wrong on Fox News! D:
    Dr. Alvarez is a gynecologist? He should know that the morning after pill is significantly less effective than condoms, oral contraceptives etc. (it’s “Plan B” after all
    , not a regular-use contraceptive), and it’s perhaps $20 too expensive for the average high school or college student to be buying on a whim. (Which is another issue…)

    And I thought the point of statutory rape laws was to protect minors from older people where ordinary rape might not be provable. If one thinks the point is to criminalize sex for anyone not an adult, then things might look quite different..

  13. Larry says

    I think he’s just pissed that they won’t be able to force the woman to undergo a vaginal probe, be fed a lot of lies about abortion, and, otherwise, humiliate and shame her all in the name of jesus.

  14. glodson says

    I note that they really care about rape when it fills a narrative void in which they need to justify their agenda. Of course, it doesn’t matter that they don’t really care about what actually constitutes rape. It only matters that they find a reason to use the word to smear others.

  15. says

    The president is somehow saying in if you engage in that activity, criminal behavior, that is okay because the government is going to provide you the out for your bad decision making. […]

    I wonder if this same douchebag is one of the people who likes to say that pregnancy is a gift from God?

    Well, is it a gift, or a punishment? Make up your mind.

    We had Dr. Manny Alvarez here the other day, and he, you know, has delivered thousands of babies, he’s an obstetrician, a gynecologist. He was so upset about this. You know, he said, they are giving them out like candy. He said there are college students who think that this is the — that this is contraception, it’s what they use, the day after pill in order to, you know, as a matter of course in their lives. Does that not trouble you?

    No, because I seriously doubt it, for reasons already mentioned here.

    Taking the regular pill is good enough, and the morning-after pill costs about as much as a month’s worth (for some versions of the pill). Why would a college student waste her money that way?

  16. Stacy says

    Should we decriminalize statutory way up and say if you’re 15, go out and have sex as a matter of law

    Yes, that’s the plan. Everybody 15 and up MUST have sex. Required by law. Preferably gay sex. And if you’re a woman, you MUST have an abortion. And whoever you are, when your time comes, you go before a Death Panel, and they will decide what kind of euthanasia you receive. When is “your time”? You don’t need to worry about that, Comrade. The microchip will be programmed with a very distinctive beep, which will alert you in advance of the big day.

  17. Eristae says

    Yes, because if I’m a 15 year old rape victim, the thing I want to be worrying about is giving birth to the child of my rapist, especially given that said rapist may decide to seek custody and/or visitation rights.

    Such fun.

  18. Eristae says

    This, I think, is a particularly good and yet painful article on the subject:

    Giving Birth to a “Rapist’s Child”: A Discussion and Analysis of the Limited Legal Protections Afforded to Women Who Become Mothers Through Rape
    http://georgetownlawjournal.org/files/pdf/98-3/Prewitt.PDF

    As already noted, a significant percentage of raped women choose to raise the
    children they conceived through rape.
    15
    Under most states’ laws, a man who
    fathers a child through rape has the same legal rights to custody and visitation in regard to that child as does any other father of a child due to the absence of any laws restricting or terminating such rights; as a result, many raped women face significant consequences following their decisions to raise the children they conceived through rape. They may be forced to share custody privileges of their children with their rapists, to ensure their rapists’ access to their children, to foster their rapists’ relationships with their children, and, in some cases, to make joint decisions about their children’s welfare

    But it’s about making sure that rapists get punished! Right? Right?!

  19. wpjoe says

    Check the gonorrhea and chlamydia rates on the CDC website. You will see that there are lots of 15 yr women having unprotected sex. Yes. We do want them to be able to buy Plan B over the counter without restriction.

    As a political matter, I would have thought that the GOP would have learned from the last election cycle that they should not use the R-word, whether they refer to it as legitimate or not. I would also think that they should try to get women to present their ideas on contraception, abortion, and women’s health. If they can’t find women willing to present these positions, then maybe it’s not really something they want to talk about in public.

  20. Crudely Wrott says

    Expanding one Blakeman’s logic gives me such chills of expectation!

    Since we have such talented surgeons and advanced medical techniques I think I’ll just let the Dinsdales have another go at nailing my head to the floor. After, of course, plunging my hands and feet into the rotating knives.

    What say, Brad? Care to join in? Oh, what fun we’ll all have!!

  21. Tyrant al-Kalām says

    I guess for him, giving proper sex ed would also amount to “encouraging criminal acts”, wouldn’t it? One could despair with this attitude, unfortunately it’s pretty much the standard line of thinking in some parts.

  22. says

    Damn straight!
    And many people may be encouraged to eat a fatty diet and rarely exercise if they can easily access diabetes medicine and heart surgery.
    Oh, wait ..

  23. says

    …you go before a Death Panel, and they will decide what kind of euthanasia you receive. When is “your time”? You don’t need to worry about that, Comrade. The microchip will be programmed with a very distinctive beep, which will alert you in advance of the big day.

    I hope that chip works better than those Microsoft Outlook reminders.

  24. says

    But the female body knows when something is statutory and the phuqidal gland excretes anti-statutory enzymes and hormones and stuff that prevents statutory pregnancies. Just ask any of those morans.

  25. Akira MacKenzie says

    Me @ 29

    Which is appropriate for the Republicans since the moral of that novel/movie seems to be “We need senile old farts around to tell those darn hippie kids what to do!”

  26. Infophile says

    @21 Eristae:

    Thanks for raising this point. This actually means that, perversely, it’s better for a rapist if it isn’t an option for a pregnant woman to abort. If a woman gets pregnant through rape, the rapist can use custody rights as a bargaining chip – he’ll offer to give up custody rights and get out of the woman’s life as long as she doesn’t press charges. If she does press charges, he’ll fight in court for every single custody right, just out of spite. Until these laws are changed (which should have been done yesterday), anything that makes abortion harder also makes it less likely rapists will be prosecuted.

  27. Eristae says

    @Infophile
    Yep. :-(

    Aside from fearing the frequent access of their rapists to them or their children, raped women also may suffer from their rapists having greater control over the criminal case against them. Some rapists may capitalize on these women’s fear of sharing custody or visitation rights by manipulating them into dropping or failing to initiate criminal charges in exchange for an agreement to voluntarily terminate parental rights.

    As you said, getting a rape victim to give birth to the rapist’s child is a stellar way to get the victim to drop charges if she cares about her child at all. She keeps the baby? Forced shared custody/visitations/threats to take custody away by saying your are the more fit parent. She wants to adopt the baby out? He threatens to assert his parental rights, take the kid, and maybe even sue for child support.

    Spectacular, eh?

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