Obama Stands Up For Women’s Rights And Says, “Rape Is Rape”

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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  • Alexis

    After what he said I was kind of embarrassed to live in Indiana…

  • JustMyThoughts

    I agree that rape is rape. But I dont think that abortions the way out. It is killing a baby. And if youre really not able to raise it and it wouldnt have a good life and you couldnt provide for it, adotion! There are plenty of ladies and couples who arent able to have children and would be overjoyed to raise the baby!

    • airen

      what if you are in school even in work and was raped and got pregnant? While adoption sounds like wonderful option, it is not always the best choice. Pregnancy comes with lot of stress and to balance it with school work or just work will be difficult. It is not a simple choice of “ok I got raped and i am pregnant. I guess I’ll just carry this child for 10 months and give it up for adoption”

    • N.

      So for nine months you would have to carry a fetus that is a product of a violent crime against you, even if you don’t want to? every day for nine months you would be pregnant with an awful criminals’ child and be reminded of that every single day. how could anyone wish that on another woman? honestly.

      • Adrienne

        Life isn’t all peaches and rosebushes. Sometimes bad things happen. Rape is one of those bad things. Anyone who defends rape in any way is just sick. However, it does happen and it sometimes has consequences that aren’t what you want. However, is abortion really the way to go? That child didn’t ask to be the product of a rape, he didn’t ask to be conceived. Killing someone that is in your way is wrong, right? How is a child, however unborn, any different? Yes, it is far less than ideal to get pregnant, even if you plan on giving the baby up for adoption, when you are in school or going through something else. But that’s life. Things don’t always go the way we want.

    • Mila

      Here is the kicker though, in 31 states the man who raped the woman still has parental rights. Pro-CHOICE means that you have the choice, it lets there be freedom for every woman.