Apparently virgin births aren’t in style anymore, and if the Christian God wants to get a woman knocked up, he has to send a rapist to do the job. At least, that’s the best I can figure out what Nevada Republican Senate nominee Sharron Angle means when she says that an abortion is never acceptable, not even in cases of rape and incest because, well, God has a plan for everyone’s life.
Angle’s words in response to being asked to clarify that she opposes even rape and incest exceptions: “You know, I’m a Christian and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.” So God intercedes by allowing or instigating rape, and women need to have faith that giving birth to the rapist’s baby is in God’s plan, and they aren’t allowed the free will to choose otherwise?
But maybe I’m being too harsh. Maybe Angle just subscribes to the suggestion of one Chicago crisis pregnancy center that getting an abortion is just silly because 25% of pregnancies will end in miscarriage anyway. So rape and incest victims just need to sit around and wait, knowing that God will “intercede” and cause a spontaneous abortion.
The depressing kicker that has me reaching for a comforting pint of ice-cream: Angle is running to become Nevada’s first-ever female senator. Yes, the first women they might get up there, and she’s steeped in anti-woman beliefs. In addition to claiming that women’s bodies should be under the control of the government without any exceptions, Angle once introduced a bill perpetuating the false claim that abortion causes breast cancer and espouses the belief that having one parent (usually the woman) stay at home is the only “acceptable and right thing to do.” So if you’re a woman with a working husband, you’d best quit your job asap.
Perhaps aware that her beliefs are crazy, misogynistic, and not likely to go over well with voters, Angle has been answering “no comment” to all questions from reporters and refusing interviews, a strange tactic for someone running for public office. So I guess it’s lucky that we already have all these other crazy, misogynistic quotes on file to reveal her true personality. Kudos to technology.
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