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Mar 12 2014

Republicans Really Should Stop Talking About Rape

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.

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  1. 1
    somnus

    Yeah… because the immediate aftermath of one of the most heinous physical and emotional violations possible is exactly the time to expect responsible long-term planning from people.

    It’s as if these guys think rape has no actual impact on women.

  2. 2
    Chiroptera

    I’m still waiting for these clowns to start saying that if a woman is raped in a city, then she couldn’t have been calling for help and so must be just as guilty as the rapist should be similarly punished.

  3. 3
    Marcus Ranum

    Yeah, those terribly irresponsible rape victims. They should go get Plan B, amirite?

    She should be carrying a gun!! She should have shot her way out of the situation!!!

    Unless, of course, she was raped by cops. In which case she should just submit.

  4. 4
    gog

    Not to mention that Plan B is still prohibitively expensive ($50) for many women, and the FDA has yet to mandate that generics levonorgestrel be available OTC.

    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.

    Is that possible? Can state law override the availability mandate?

  5. 5
    Azkyroth Drinked the Grammar Too :)

    Republicans Really Should Stop Talking About Rape

    …or at least take their hands out of their pants while doing so.

  6. 6
    Ibis3, Let's burn some bridges

    Also, new information indicates that Plan B is not effective for larger women, so if you’re carrying a few extra pounds than necessary, I guess you better not allow yourself to get raped and pregnant at all.

  7. 7
    eric

    If you wake up with no memory of what happened last night and feeling sick from the drugs someone slipped in your drink, its your responsibility to figure out what they did, pronto! If you don’t, then anything that they did to you becomes your responsibility! If you don’t figure out a crime has been done to you within 24-72 hours, you’ve consented to it!

    And if you are raped in someone’s dungeon while tied to the wall/locked in the room, it’s your responsibility to pick the lock, evade your captors, evade the dogs, jump the barb wire, swim the moat, flag down a cab (even if you’re dressed in a bedsheet), call your credit card company and have them ship you a replacement card within the hour, use your psychic powers to figure out which pharmacy within 500 miles stocks Plan B, take your credit card to that pharmacy (still dressed in a bedsheet), buy it, and take it. All within 24-72 hours of being raped. If you put any other responsibility on the government to provide you with Plan B, you’re just being one of those socialists. I mean gawd, can you stop asking for handouts you slutty slut slut?

  8. 8
    gog

    @Ibis, #6

    As far as I know, effectiveness is directly connected to weight unrelated to body fat, so it’s not even if the woman is “carrying a few extra pounds,” but simply being taller or more muscular or both is enough.

  9. 9
    gog

    s/connected/correlated/

  10. 10
    Ellie

    I don’t see why this person and his ilk cannot be honest and admit they think all women should be confined to their homes and if they must go out in public, they should be wearing bags.

  11. 11
    colnago80

    This asshole would love it in Saudi Arabia.

  12. 12
    gog

    @colnago80

    No he wouldn’t. Too many Muslims.

  13. 13
    raven

    Amazon . com:

    Plan B One-step Emergency Contraceptive 1 Tablet
    $14

    You can get Plan B for less than $50. Amazon . com sells it for a variety of prices from $30 down to $14.

    I wouldn’t recommend buying it after the fact from online sources because there is a time limit for when it is effective. But some people do and have had it work.

  14. 14
    Dalillama, Schmott Guy

    Republicans Really Should Stop Talking About Rape

    Fixed the headline there.

  15. 15
    gog

    @raven

    Was that available on Prime?

  16. 16
    busterggi

    I yield to the state senator from Iraq.

  17. 17
    zero6ix

    Imma put on my evil mask here and gently muse on the idea of creating some sort of rape monster. One that focuses solely on male legislators. One that makes said legislators walk a mile in a victims shoes.

    Then I’ll call them filthy whores for allowing my monster to rampage on them. If they wanted it to stop, then they shouldn’t have been wearing such slutty three piece suits.

  18. 18
    freemage

    Ibis3, Let’s burn some bridges

    March 12, 2014 at 12:48 pm (UTC -4) Link to this comment

    Also, new information indicates that Plan B is not effective for larger women, so if you’re carrying a few extra pounds than necessary, I guess you better not allow yourself to get raped and pregnant at all.

    I…

    Okay, I have this condition where I can get into the head of horrible people and guess the substance of their argument. I know what these cretins would say in response to Ibis. I refuse to type it out, it’s so damned disgusting.

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