The 2 Most Dangerous Things Ron Paul Gets Wrong About "Honest" Rape (As in "Real" Rape?)

Last night, CNN's Piers Morgan sat down with Ron Paul for an interview leading up to this weekend's Nevada caucus. One of the topics Morgan brought up was abortion, and specifically a woman's right to choose if she has been raped. Paul's answer was at once befuddling and enraging, and it really gets to the heart of the anti-choice war on women's bodies and choices. This transcript is a little long, but I urge you to read the entire thing, or watch the video at the bottom of this post. It's important.

Piers Morgan: You have two daughters, you have many granddaughters. If one of them was raped -- and I accept it's a very unlikely thing to happen, but if they were -- would you honestly look at them in the eye and say they had to have that child if they were impregnated.

Ron Paul:If it's an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, and I would give them a shot of estrogen.

PM: So you would allow them to abort the baby?

RP:It is absolutely in limbo, because an hour after intercourse, or a day afterwards, there is no legal or medical problem. If you talk about somebody coming in and they say, "Well I was raped and I'm seven months pregnant, and I don't want to have anything to do with it, it's a little bit different story. But somebody arriving in the emergency room and saying, "I have just been raped" -- there's no chemical, and there's no medical, and there's no legal evidence of a pregnancy...

PM: So life doesn't begin at conception?

RP: Life does begin at conception, but...

PM: Then you'd be taking a life.

RP: Well you don't know if you're taking a life either, because this is an area that... [trails off] But to decide everything about abortion and respect for life on this one, very very theoretical condition where there may have been a life or not a life...

PM:But here's the thing. Although it is a hypothetical, it does happen. People do get raped, and they do get impregnated, and sometimes they're so ashamed by what's happened, weeks go by before they may even discover they're pregnant, and they have to face this dilemma, and they're going to have a president [Ron Paul] who has a very very strong view about this.

At that point, Paul once again brought up women seeking late-term abortions ("one minute before the baby is born").

There are many myths to debunk here, but I'll just quickly point out the two most obvious (and most dangerous) ones:

1. Women do get raped by their husbands and partners. That's not some out-there hypothetical. Intimate partner rape is a major problem -- and yes, it happens to well-to-do women like Ron Paul's daughters too.

2. Although Paul keeps going back to women seeking abortions late in their pregnancies, the reality is that 90 percent of abortions occur in the first trimester. So his focus on late-term abortions is disproportionate to the number of women actually seeking late-term abortions.

Here's the clip via CNN:


AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at February 4, 2012, 5:55am

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