They just don’t make mavericks like they used to.

When it’s a not a radical notion to vote to criminalize abortion and fundamentally undermine a women’s autonomy, but it is to do so while being magnanimous enough to make an exception for women who have been raped, impregnated by a family member, or may die if they’re forced to carry a pregnancy to term, that’s a pretty sad state of affairs.

It's no secret that I'm on a one-woman mission to expose McCain for the useless, capitulating, disingenuous sack of scum that he is, and I always appreciate it when I get a little help. Jill at Feministe, referring to McCain's endorsement of South Dakota's abortion ban, addresses "every liberal and moderate who has ever said, “Well, it wouldn’t be so bad if they nominated McCain…"


John McCain may love the environment, but apparently he doesn’t consider women worthy of basic human rights. He’s no moderate.
And for that, he gets added to her "List of people to whom we should all be mailing wire hangers and knitting needles."

And to illustrate how not a moderate John McCain is, he finds himself on the list with the likes of Bill Napoli, a South Dakota Republican state senator, vociferous endorser of the legislation, and particularly odious swine, who you can see in action in this astounding video at Crooks and Liars. In defending the law's refusal to make exceptions for abortions in the case of rape, by explaining that genuinely traumatic rapes would be covered in the "threatening the mother’s life" provision, Napoli reveals not only his contempt for a woman’s autonomy over her own body, but also his stunning vision of what really constitutes a life-altering rape:
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.
Everything wrong with our societal views on rape and abortion summed up in one ridiculously stupid statement by one ridiculously stupid man. A man whose state also endorses a pharmacist’s right to refuse to fill birth control prescriptions, making unwanted pregnancies that much more likely.

For more on Napoli, also see I Blame the Patriarchy and Digby.

This is the kind of company McCain is keeping. The only difference between him and Napoli is that he'd make an exceptions for rape, incest, or threats to life--but if you're not unfortunate enough to have suffered such indignity or face such a threat, say, if you're just a woman who's had the misfortune of a birth control failure, McCain's got no love for you, sister.

(Feministe, I Blame the Patriarchy, Hullabaloo, Crooks and Liars)

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