This election year has been filled with white, male Republicans falling all over themselves to say dumb things about rape. They talk about legitimate rape, the rape thing, forcible rape and they even imply that rape is god’s will. Every time you think they have gotten the “shut up about rape” message, one of them trips up and thinks they finally have a way to talk about pregnancy resulting from rape without sounding like a dick.
But here’s the thing – isn’t this all just a distraction?
The conversation about safe, legal abortion in this country has shifted from “you don’t get to tell a woman what she can do with her body” to “well, sometimes you can, but what about when she is the victim of sexual violence? Surely you don’t mean then?”