I would hope that when a woman goes in to a physician with a rape issue, that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage or was it truly caused by a rape.
Look, this… This is no longer sane. Seriously. I spent most of my life feeling like the Democrats were sorta pushy and controlling, and not much caring for their view of large and intrusive government.
But the Democrats didn’t, that I recall, pass laws in many states mandating that women have things shoved into their vaginas before they can get medical treatment. The Democrats didn’t compare women to pigs. The Democrats didn’t suggest that women are in general unclear on whether or not they were raped.
The deal with the devil that the Republicans made when they signed up with the Moral Majority? It’s come due. The price was the soul of the GOP, and the price has been paid. This is now the party for people who do not view women as competent adults. It is the party for people who think that denying basic health care to women, especially poor women, is vital. It is the party for people who think that “a couple of cadillacs” is not wealth, who think that the mentally ill are just lazy, and who think that it is perfectly acceptable to torture people to obtain confessions. It is the party for people who think that stopping immigrants from working on farms is more important than investigating the rape of children.
I dunno whether there’s anything on offer for the sorts of people who used to be Republicans back when that allowed for the belief that immigrants, gays, and women are people, just as worthy of basic civil rights as straight white males. But the fact is, if you believe that those people deserve even the most basic of human rights, the Republican party is no longer the right party for you.
This is no longer theoretical. These are not people talking about bills that would never pass; these are actual laws, in force and being enforced. If, in a country other than US, the government mandated that certain women should have something shoved up their vagina to punish them for being sluts, we would call it a war crime. Here, it’s just Texas voting Republican.
I’m not really a fan of the modern Democrats, but frankly, outside of the Klan, we no longer have anyone on offer that’s worse than the GOP, and the Klan aren’t fielding candidates for most offices.