Friday, March 03, 2006

Where Do They Get These People?

The News Hour with Jim Lehrer had a segment on the South Dakota abortion legislation tonight. In an interview with Fred De SanLazaro, State Senator Bill Napoli (R) was asked how he could insist the legislation, which bars all abortions except when the mother's life is at risk, would allow for exceptions in the case of rape or incest. Here's his response:
A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.
Digby has the analysis here.


Bradley Bowen said...

This is repugnant. To me, he's basically saying that rape victims only deserve an abortion if the rape and subsequent pregnancy leaves them so emotionally distraught that they are suicidal. This is an awful mentality.

texas toad said...

Yep, that's the gist. Whether he realizes it or not, he's making an argument for an exception based on mental health. One could imagine other scenarios where a pregnancy leaves a mother suicidal, but these women don't qualify in his mind, because they're not pure.

Gitmo or Bust said...

The language is nauseating. He paints only religious virgins on the abstinence plan as deserving of sympathy if they are raped. Disgusting on so many levels.