Colorado Republican Thinks Getting Pregnant From Rape Is 'a Gift From God'

Anti-choice politicians aren’t exactly known for injecting nuance into the debate over a women’s right to choose, but in a year-old video unearthed by the Colorado Springs Independent, the disheartening reality of hard-lined conservatives’ anti-abortion stance is on full display.


The clip starring Colorado Republican Senate candidate Darryl Glenn at a 2015 campaign begins with Glenn telling the audience if a woman wants an abortion “don’t ask me to pay for it.”

Glenn continued:

"That’s a gift from God. There are no exceptions with that. But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to pray for you."

Thanks Glenn. Thank you for spending your valuable time imploring god to assist the women you forced to carry an unwanted pregnancy to term. Your sacrifice is duly noted.

As Roll Call points out, Glenn’s archaic “no exceptions” policy on abortion strikes a similar tone as Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s 2012 assertion that women can’t get pregnant in cases of “legitimate rape.”

“If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down,” Akin said. His statement, of course, os patently false. But much like Glenn’s comment about children of rape being “a gift from god,” it’s indicative of just how warped the pro-life movement’s reasoning is.

This past April, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stirred controversy (shocker) in the abortion debate, telling MSNBC’s Chris Matthew if the procedure is made illegal, “there has to be some form of punishment” for women who terminate their pregnancy. While Trump later modified his position (five times in three days), as Rachel Maddow pointed out in a biting piece of political commentary, Trump’s original declaration wasn’t a gaffe; it’s what lays at the heart of the anti-abortion movement. Per Maddow:

“Let’s just get real about this for a second: if you are pro-life, that means you don’t think a woman has a  right to have an abortion if she wants one. if you’re pro-life, you think there isn’t a right to get an abortion, that means you are anti-abortion. If you’re anti-abortion, it doesn’t just mean that you don’t get an abortion in your own life, it means that you believe nobody else should be able to get an abortion either. 

When a politician says that he or she is pro-life and will govern as such,what that means they would like abortion to be outlawed, it means they want the United States of America to be a country in which getting an abortion is a crime. If getting an abortion is a crime, that means anybody who gets an abortion is a criminal.”

Between grand assertions that children from rape are “a gift from god” (no exceptions!), insane theories that there’s such a thing as “legitimate rape” and draconian edicts calling for the punishment women who obtain abortions, anti-abortion advocates really seem hell-bent on driving home the point that women should not be granted personal autonomy over their own bodies. Hopefully voters who believe woman can make decisions for themsleves won't grant these individuals the right to make decisions for them.

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