Up in West Virginia, the debate over abortion rages on, and brings all the wingnuts out in force.
The House of Delegates is discussing a new law that would outlaw all abortions in the state after 20 weeks gestation because, as anti-abortion activists — and these lawmakers — allege, at 20 weeks a fetus can feel pain and is therefore too viable to abort.
Okay, but that’s not where the crazy, er, asshatted, comes into play. That would be when Delegate Brian Kurcaba, a Republican, of course, said, in the course of the discussion:
"For somebody to take advantage of somebody else in such a horrible and terrifying and brutal way is absolutely disgusting, but what is beautiful is the child that could come as a production of this."
Now, I can agree that children are beautiful — except when they’re crying or spitting up and fussing or, well, okay, children are children — but to say that a woman, who was raped, should be pleased that she’ll have a beautiful child as a result of the experience is the ultimate indignity.
A child who results from a man forcibly having sex with a woman against her will is a “beautiful” thing according to Kurcaba. He thinks a woman, in the midst of being violated, should console herself with the thought that, if she's lucky, everything will be beautiful if she ends up pregnant after the rape.
Kurcaba fits right into the GOP Anti-Women Bandwagon, taking a seat alongside former Missouri Congressman Todd Akin, who said pregnancy can’t result from rape because “if it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” He’s nestled in next to Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, who said that while sexual assaults are unfortunate, the resulting pregnancy is a “gift from God,” and he’s probably sharing a soda with Libertarian Ron Paul, who implied that women routinely fabricate rape stories in order to get abortions.
Kurcaba has since issued a statement apologizing to "anyone who took my comments about the sanctity of human life to mean anything other than that all children are precious regardless of circumstances."
So, basically, he’s saying he meant what he said but he ‘s sorry if you don’t like it.