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The Rape Exception

Friday, March 15th, 2013

Inspired (in part) by Cuccinelli criticizes McAuliffe at CPAC: Attorney general vows to shield ‘sacred principles’ in race for governor (Ben Pershing, Washington Post 3/14/13 page B1). Here’s one rape exception the extreme right would be in favor of…


“The State of Virginia will henceforth not prosecute cases of rape in which the victim (henceforth to be referred to as the recipient) has, within the last 90 days, procured an abortion.” — the next VA anti-abortion measure?


Here’s a new way to make women afraid

To exercise their rights under Roe v. Wade.


Institute a new rape exception

For those who make the mistake of unwanted conception.


But this exception has a clever new twist

That right-wing extremists won’t be able to resist.


Rapists would receive prosecutorial immunity

To rape female fetus-killers with impunity.


Like an abortion provider’s justifiable homicide,

This rape exception would thus be sparingly applied.


Gov. Cuccinelli would reserve it

Exclusively for women who deserve it.


Consider it justice for those who sin,

And hence an all-around win-win.


It also puts uppity women in their place,

And so should appeal to the conservative base.


(Or, the law could say the same, but with optional enforcement.

What about it, Ken? Do we have your endorsement?)


Would Ken Cuccinelli support this? (It seems to be consistent with his and his fellow extremists’ world view.) I think he and many other right-wing extremists would, if they could get away with it politically. It is after all consistent with the casual right-wing attitude towards rape (especially for women who “deserve it”) and the prevailing right-wing view that a woman who has pre-marital sex loses her right to deny anyone or anything access to her vagina. (NB: Married women also lose the right to vaginal control, which passes to their husbands, and to the Republican Party.)

This measure would of course apply to abortions both in VA and in other states. Women would be required to report their abortions (not doing so would be punishable by imprisonment and/or fines), and VA would ask other states to provide data on Virginia residents who obtained abortions in their states (GOP-run states would happily cooperate). Of course, Virginia would also publish the names, home addresses, and workplaces of any woman who had received an abortion.

VA Repubs will initially propose a lifelong “rape exception” (based on the right-wing’s “once you use it, you lose it” philosophy). As a political compromise and to show how “moderate” and pro-woman he is, Gov. Cuccinelli would modify the lifetime rape exception so that it would only be valid for 90 days after the abortion takes place. That’s fair, right?

Is this satire? In part, yes. But think about all the things that Republicans have actually proposed that you would have thought were satire five years ago. And think about the bizarre things these extremists actually admit to believing (e.g. proposals by legislators in South Dakota, Nebraska, and elsewhere to declare assassination of abortion doctors a “justifiable homicide”).

So is it so far-fetched?

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