In a twisted attempt to explain why rape victims should be denied access to abortion, a Republican lawmaker in West Virginia claims rape is “beautiful” when it produces a pregnancy.
On Thursday, Republican Delegate Brian Kurcaba said that abortion bans should not have exceptions for women who became pregnant from sexual assault because “what is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”
According to David Gutman, a Charleston Gazette reporter, Kurcaba said:
Obviously rape is awful. What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.
Kurcaba made his disturbing and offensive remarks while explaining why he opposed a Democratic-sponsored amendment to add an exception for rape victims to a proposed 20-week abortion ban.
Calling Kurcaba’s remarks “unthoughtful, hurtful and downright insensitive to women,” Belinda Biafore, acting chair of the state Democratic Party, called for Kurcaba’s resignation:
Republican Delegate Brian Kurcaba’s remarks yesterday regarding rape were unthoughtful, hurtful and downright insensitive to women not only in the 51st district that he represents, but all West Virginia women. I am outraged that someone who represents our state could make such remarks regarding such a horrific, violent act against a woman and for that he should resign.
It’s time to stand up for West Virginia women and not allow said leaders to get away with this kind of extreme radical behavior. Women and all of the people of West Virginia vote for representation that will better their lives and their state and they do not deserve such unthoughtful attitude and careless action in their representation.
Raw Story reports on the recent history of Republican men making embarrassing, cringe worthy, and ignorant statements regarding rape and women’s bodies:
In 2012, Missouri’s Rep. Todd Akin said that pregnancy can’t result from rape because “If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”
Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock said that while sexual assaults are unfortunate, the resulting pregnancy is a “gift from God.”
Libertarian favorite Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) made statements of his own implying that women routinely fabricate rape stories in order to get abortions.
“If it’s an honest rape,” said Paul, physicians should allow the victim to abort, but otherwise, women should not be able to terminate their pregnancies just because they claim to have been raped.
The amendment Kurcaba spoke against failed and the committee passed the bill. The proposed legislation bans all abortions after 20 weeks, with no exception for rape or incest.
The anti-choice legislation is part of a larger campaign waged by Republicans across the nation to deny women access to safe abortions and reproductive freedom.