Obama was on Jay Leno last night and had some wonderful things to say about reproductive rights. Leno asked Obama about Indiana’s GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock’s statements on rape and abortion, “I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” Rape is not God’s plan. Rapists are not doing God’s work. Any rape survivor will tell you that.
Obama replied, “I don’t know how these guys come up with these ideas… Rape is rape. It is a crime. And so, these various distinctions about rape don’t make too much sense to me, don’t make any sense to me . . . This is exactly why you don’t want a bunch of politicians, mostly male, making decisions about women’s health care decisions.” BOOM!
Abortion is a controversial issue, we know. Rape, however is not. Rape is horrific whether a baby comes out of it or not. To try and turn such a tragic experience into God’s grace is offensive. If Murdock believes life starts after conception, totally fine. I wish he wouldn’t undermine the sexual assault of rape victims by suggesting they should look on the bright side because they got pregnant.
You know why? As a man he will never have to experience the weight of the decision to keep or abort the child of a man who committed a heinous crime against him. A lot of women won’t either. To speak on behalf of people who have gone through one of the worst things you can go through is wrong. Not to mention the fact that not everyone believes in God or the same God. Not everyone can just tell themselves it was God’s plan. America is called The Melting Pot for a reason. We are diverse ethnically and religiously. Using your world view to make decisions that affect an entire nation doesn’t make any sense.
The reason pro-choice is usually the stance of women’s rights groups is because it is inclusive. Meaning it allows women who get pregnant to make the choice for themselves, based on their personal beliefs, on whether or not they should abort. It is not because we’re totally stoked about getting abortions every other day. It’s because we want women who have certain beliefs to be able to make their own decisions without the interference of others who are essentially strangers to them.
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