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Politicians on Women’s Rights

26 Oct


After Indiana Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock added his take on abortion rights, its hard to ignore that reproductive rights are on the national stage this election season. Some comments politicians have made, like our potential Senator, are incredibly offensive. Here’s a list of quotes, courtesy of a few Cosmo articles. I think it’s very important to fight misinformation and challenge views that could potentially take rights away from women.

1) “I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician with a rape issue, that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape.” (R) Idaho State Senator, Chuck Wilder

2) “These Planned Parenthood women, the Code Pink women, and all of these women have been neutering American men and bringing us to the point of this incredible weakness…We are not going to have our men become subservient.” — Rep. Allen West (R- Fl.)

3) Life begins “from the first day of the last menstrual period of the pregnant woman.” —Statement from an Arizona bill signed into law by Republican Gov. Jan Brewer

4) “One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country…. Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that’s okay, contraception is okay. It’s not okay. It’s a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be.” —Former Presidential hopeful, Rick Santorum (he almost beat Romney, guys)

5) “As long as it’s inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it.” — Texas gubernatorial candidate, Clayton Williams

6) “Understand though, that when we talk about exceptions, we talk about rape, incest, health of a woman, life of a woman. Life of the woman is not an exception.” –Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Il.)

7) “I realized that life is a gift from God, and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something God intended to happen.” –Indiana Senate hopeful, Richard Mourdock

8) “I’m very proud of my pro-life record, and I’ve always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life,” Paul Ryan, VP hopeful

9) “It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare [pregnancies from rape]. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.” — Todd Akin


Hopefully holding politicians accountable to what they say may make the country more vigilant towards intolerance. The best way to protect our rights is to show politicians that we are truly a moderate country, a majority of people do not support radical views on reproductive rights.

Then maybe our elected officials would be sensitive to their female constituents, instead of leaving them out of this extremely important national conversation.