Tennessee Lawmaker Van Huss Sees ‘No Evil’ In 15-Year-Old’s Pregnancy By Rape

Tennessee Lawmaker Van Huss Sees ‘No Evil’ In 15-Year-Old’s Pregnancy By Rape February 28, 2019

Micah Van Huss, a conservative Christian lawmaker from Tennessee, says he can find no evil in the rape of a 15-year-old girl that results in pregnancy.

Tennessee Republican State Rep. Micah Van Huss, an anti-abortion conservative Christian, is sponsoring a draconian bill that would ban almost all abortions in the state.

The so-called “fetal heartbeat” bill “bans nearly all abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, which typically occurs early in a pregnancy and, in some instances, even before a woman knows she’s pregnant.” There is no exception for rape or incest.

In a heated discussion of the bill in the House’s Health Committee, State Rep. Vincent Dixie asked Rep. Van Huss about a hypothetical pregnancy involving the rape of a 15-year-old girl. Rep. Dixie said:

You stated earlier that you know what evil looks like. I want to see if you can find the evil in this scenario.

Let’s say you are a 15-year-old girl in high school who’s an athlete. And you’re raped by your teacher or coach. And you are feeling some shame, responsibility from the weight that is preventing you from confiding in anyone, even your parents and friends. So you’re trying to forget and make your life seem normal. Going to class. Spending time with friends. And you miss your first monthly period.

And now you’re terrified that you’re pregnant. So you finally get the courage to buy a pregnancy test, and the result is your worst fear: you’re pregnant.

So by the time you go to the doctor, six or seven weeks after the rape, and a fetal heartbeat is detected, Representative Van Huss, are you willing to put into law that this girl has to carry her rapist’s baby while trying to finish high school, abandon her sports team, and see her rapist every day?

Van Huss replied:

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, and thank you for the question, Rep. Dixie. You asked if I could find the evil in this scenario. I cannot.

Van Huss continued:

Because the evil I find is what you left out. I don’t believe it’s right to rip an innocent baby limb from limb.

That’s right: Rep. Van Huss said he “cannot” see the evil in the rape of a 15-year-old girl that results in pregnancy. All he can see is the self-righteous and morally indefensible need to treat a young woman as nothing more than a broodmare, nothing more than an incubator forced to comply with the demands of his conservative Christian patriarchy.  

Bottom line: Republican State Rep. Micah Van Huss, a conservative Christian lawmaker from Tennessee, says he can find no evil in the rape of a 15-year-old girl that results in pregnancy, and believes it is his moral duty to force the child to give birth to her rapist’s child.

Tennessee Lawmaker Van Huss Sees ‘No Evil’ In 15-Year-Old’s Pregnancy By Rape (image via Wikimedia)
Tennessee Lawmaker Van Huss Sees ‘No Evil’ In 15-Year-Old’s Pregnancy By Rape (image via Wikimedia)

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