While the voters have not been unkind to the Republican majority in the House of Representatives, one segment of the Congressional Republican Party has been dealt a devastating blow: the Senate Rape Caucus.
Tags: Abortion, Bob Casey, Claire McCaskill, Election Day 2012, Indiana, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Richard Mourdock, Todd Akin, Women's Rights
We were doing so well! Almost an entire week without a single offensive remark about rape coming from a politician of either party, and here comes John Koster — the Republican nominee for Washington's First Congressional District — to ruin our new record…
"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 the consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?" Koster said. "You know what I mean?"
Obviously, the flippancy of the remarks — "Yeah, I was gonna go to the store but then the 'rape thing' came up and I totes forgot about it" — is attracting the most attention, but it's Koster's inability to distinguish between the violation of sexual assault and the voluntarism of a freely chosen abortion that's most offensive.
Still, a word to the wise: If you're a male politician, best to do more listening than speaking when it comes to the "rape thing." Maybe spend more time talking about what you're going to do about the poverty thingamajig and the education doohickey.
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Tags: Abortion, Crime, Washington, Women's Rights
You all know how the saying starts, "The doctor will see you now." But few of us are familiar with the fact that it continues, "so he can screw you, pressure you into an abortion and then run for Congress as a pro-life conservative."
Such is the story of Scott DesJarlais, a Tennessee congressman whose re-election has been imperiled by a new focus on his pre-Congressional activities as a physician with a special interpretation of bedside manner.
Turns out, his love extended to more than one patient…
On the heels of a sex scandal involving a female patient, another woman has acknowledged having a sexual relationship with physician and U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais while she was under his medical care. The second woman described DesJarlais as "the nicest guy" and said he cooked dinner for her at their first get-together in 2000. But she also said they smoked marijuana during their relationship and remembered DesJarlais prescribing her pain medication on dates at his home…
Court records and a family friend confirm that the woman and DesJarlais had an affair.
DesJarlais' opponents have called this behavior unethical and, in light of his pro-life political views, hypocritical. But to me, it calls to mind President George W. Bush's 2004 statement on physicians' love…
"We've got an issue in America. Too many good docs are getting out of business. Too many OB-GYNs aren't able to practice their love with women all across this country."
Not a problem in Tennessee.
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Tags: Abortion, Scott DesJairlais, Tennessee
Republicans had a slam dunk candidate for the Indiana Senate seat in the person of longtime incumbent Richard Lugar, but chose to replace Lugar, who once failed to acknowledge that President Obama was the illegitimate spawn of Emma Goldman and Satan, with the more stridently conservative Richard Mourdock. A decision that was rewarded during last night's Senate debate with this commentary…
Defending his stance that abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape, Mourdock explained that pregnancy resulting from nonconsensual sex is the will of God.
Tags: Abortion, Indiana, Richard Mourdock, Women's Rights