Asked at a campaign fundraiser whether he supports abortion rights in some situations, Koster replied that he only supports abortion in cases where a woman’s life is in danger.
“Incest is so rare, I mean, it’s so rare,” he said. “But the rape thing– you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept the child, gave it up for adoption, and she doesn’t regret it.”
He added, “On the rape thing, it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime — how does that make it better? You know what I mean?”
In response to the controversy over his comments, Koster campaign manager Larry Stickney told the AP that Koster clearly takes rape seriously because he has strongly advocated cracking down on sex offenders.
Republican lawmakers and congressional candidates have made headlines several times over the past few months for their comments about rape and abortion. Indiana GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that pregnancy from rape is “something God intended,” Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) said victims of “legitimate rape” almost never become pregnant, and Rep. Tom Smith (R-Pa.) compared pregnancy as a result of rape to “having a baby out of wedlock.”
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Mourdock said. “I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from God and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape that it is something God intended to happen.”
Mourdock is now considering his options but is of the opinion that the reaction to his statement is a liberal plot to discredit him
Missouri senate candidate Todd Akin said in August that women’s bodies have ways of preventing pregnancy in cases of what he called “legitimate rape”.
The medical profession have hailed this as an important new discovery
Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin released a statement accusing President Obama of engaging in “shuck and jive shtick” regarding last month’s attack in Benghazi, Libya.
For those who aren’t familiar with the phrase, “shuck and jive” is a racially-tinged expression.
Gaff Mouth does it again
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