Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Congressman equates abortion with the execution of rapists

Republican Congressman Peter Roskam, who opposes abortion even in the cases of rape and incest, tried to equate abortion with the execution of rapists during an interview. Basically, his ground-breaking logic is that it doesn't make much sense for women to be able to have abortions if rapists aren't executed. Seriously.

"You know, my position is the same as Henry Hyde's. And Henry Hyde put it best when he said, when somebody is the victim of a crime, the law currently says that a rapist can't be put to death. That's the law. A rapist under the court doctrines can't be put to death. He said, why is it that the baby who is the result of that criminal behavior can be put to death? He said, isn't that a sad, sad thing. So my feeling is, look, in the case of that, that's the hard case, right? That's the ultimate painful and difficult case. And what we need to do is love that person and encourage them and support them. But once people are categorized by how they were conceived and the circumstances of their conception, you end up going down a route that ultimately I don't think we want to be."

Interestingly enough, I didn't see any mention of the health and well-being of the woman. The problem with avid anti-choicers like Congressman Roskam is that they always leave women out of the equation.

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