Has there been a situation where a Republican politician has talked about rape and not ended up saying something incredibly heinous and damaging to them? Amanda Marcotte has an excellent recent example of a Missouri state senator showing some truly epic hypocrisy on the subject.
The latest entrant is Missouri state legislator David Sater, who is sponsoring a bill that would extend the waiting period for an abortion from 24 hours to 72 hours. Naturally, there’s no rape exception, and naturally, Sater’s got some strong words about the irresponsibility of rape victims to justify not including one. “If a woman decides not to go to the hospital and not get the ‘Plan B,’ they’re making a decision to keep that child if they get pregnant,” he said. “If the woman found out she was pregnant three or four weeks down the line, they had made the decision not to do some preventative things like Plan B.”
Yeah, those terribly irresponsible rape victims. They should go get Plan B, amirite? Of course, that would be a lot easier if Sater didn’t also propose a bill to make it more difficult to buy Plan B:
Sater may believe that women need to be swift in their Plan B procurement, but he also apparently thinks that it should be very difficult for women to procure Plan B. In 2010, Sater sponsored a bill that would allow pharmacies not to stock emergency contraception if they don’t want to and prevent women—presumably including rape victims—from suing pharmacies for not doing so. So, rape victims: You’re expected to get it together so quickly post-rape that you don’t forget to take emergency contraception, even though you’re not allowed to expect any pharmacies to actually stock the stuff. (Also, despite his focus on emergency contraception, it appears Sater has no idea that it has a 5-11 percent failure rate, which means that some of those rape victims that he blames for not taking Plan B fast enough did, in fact, do so.)
This applies, of course, only to “legitimate rape,” not the “gift from God” rape they talk about so often.