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Sodomized Virgin Exception to Abortion Bans

By March 9, 2006

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Most people who oppose legalized abortion are willing to make exceptions for cases of rape and/or incest. This is inconsistent with the principles of the anti-choice position, but the new South Dakota ban on abortions is consistent because it doesn't allow for such exceptions. Still, there may be times where the exception for saving the mother's life would still apply in the case of rape.

Digby quotes Bill Napoli, a Republican state senator:

FRED DE SAM LAZARO: Napoli says most abortions are performed for what he calls “convenience.” He insists that exceptions can be made for rape or incest under the provision that protects the mother’s life. I asked him for a scenario in which an exception may be invoked.

BILL NAPOLI: A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.

What if the woman weren’t religious? What if the woman weren’t a virgin? What if the woman weren’t “brutally” sodomized “as bad as you can possibly make it”? Would she not be allowed to obtain an abortion? What Bill Napoli describes here is an extreme situation where the pregnant woman couldn’t possibly, even under the most absurd standards of the Christian Right, be accused of complicity or responsibility in her own rape.

This is why she would be allowed to have an abortion: being pregnant is punishment for sex and a truly innocent woman shouldn’t have to go through it. Every other woman — non-virgins, non-religious, etc. — is partially responsible for being raped (“she was just asking for it”) and thus abortion is merely a matter of convenience. It’s a way for loose, immoral women to avoid the consequences of their immorality and that cannot be permitted.

Civil Liberties Guide Tom Head talks about the new South Dakota law here and here.


Quick Poll: If abortion really is murder, should there be exceptions for rape and incest?

  1. No — if abortion is murder, rape and incest change nothing. The exceptions are hypocritical.
  2. Yes for rape, no for incest.
  3. Yes for incest, no for rape.
  4. Yes, for both rape and incest.
  5. Only if a religious virgin is raped and sodomized in the worst possible way.
  6. I don't know.
  7. I don't care.
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Duh! Once someone has been raped, these nitwits would claim that she’s no longer a virgin. Hence, no exception.

September 14, 2006 at 8:24 pm
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