Horror in Old Headlines: A Found Anthology

  • July 2010: “I think that two wrongs don’t make a right. . .they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade.”—Sharron Angle (R-NV), Senate Candidate, discussing pregnancy in cases of incest.[i]
  • January 2011: Two hundred and sixteen Republican legislators co-sponsored the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act” which was designed to prohibit federal funding for abortions with the exceptions of incest an “an act of forcible rape.” If the act had become law it would have made abortions for women raped while incapacitated due to a coma, being drugged, or being unconscious, illegal.[ii]
  • March 2011: “There was an article about an 11-year-old girl who was gang raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it’s incumbent on us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn’t happen to our students.” – Kathleen Passidomo (R-FL), State Representative[iii]
  • March 2011: “Someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.”—Eric Turner (R-IN), State Representative[iv]
  • April 2011: “The hand of the Almighty is at work. His ways are higher than our ways. He has the ability to take difficult, tragic, horrific circumstances and turn them into wonderful examples.” – Brent Crane (R-ID), State Senator, when sponsoring a bill that would ban abortion in cases of rape or incest.[v]
  • May 2011: “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life? I have a spare tire on my car.”—Pete DeGraff (R-KS), State Representative suggesting women prepare for rape.[vi]
  • December 2011: President Obama released the budget for fiscal year 2012 which set aside five million dollars for abstinence-only education in addition to funds already set aside for AOUM as part of the Affordable Care Act.
  • December 2011: “If you go down the road, some girls, they rape so easy.”—Roger Rivard (R-WI), State Representative describing advice from his father.[vii]
  • January 2012: “The right approach is to accept this horribly created, in the sense of rape, but nevertheless. . .a gift of human life, and accept what God is giving to you.”—Rick Santorum (R-PA), Senator and Presidential Candidate[viii]
  • February 2012: “If it’s an honest rape, that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would give them a shot of estrogen.”—Ron Paul (R-TX), Congressman and Presidential Candidate
  • March 2012: “I would hope that when a woman goes 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. I assume that’s part of the counseling that goes on.”—Chuck Winder (R-ID), State Senator[ix]
  • August 2012: “It it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”—Todd Akin (R-MO), Congressman and Senate Candidate[x]
  • August 2012: “I’m very proud of my pro-life record, and I’ve always adopted the idea that, the position that the method of conception doesn’t change the definition of life.” Paul Ryan (R-WI), Congressman and Vice Presidential Candidate responding to a question about abortion exceptions in cases or rape or incest.[xi]
  • August 2012: “Even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape. . .life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things.”—Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Governor, Presidential Candidate and talk show host[xii]
  • October 2012: “When life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen.”—Richard Mourdock (R-IN), Senate candidate endorsed by Mitt Romney (before this statement).[xiii]
  • October 2012: Outgoing governor of Indiana and incoming president of Purdue University declined to comment on Mourdock’s comment on national television saying that, as a university president he had taken a vow of political celibacy.
  • October 2012: “It was really an issue about a Catholic church being forced to offer those pills if the person came in an emergency rape.”—Linda McMahon (R-CT), Republican Senate candidate[xiv]
  • October 2012: “Incest is so rare, I mean it’s so rare. But the rape thing, you know, I know a woman who was raped and kept the child, gave it up for adoption and doesn’t regret it. In fact, she’s a big pro-life proponent. But, on the rape thing it’s like, how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?”—John Koster (R-WA), Congressional canddiate[xv]
  • March 2013: “The percentage of pregnancies due to rape is small because it’s an act of violence, because the body is traumatized. I don’t know what percentage of pregnancies are due to the violence of rape. Because of the trauma the body goes through, I don’t know what percentage of pregnancy results from the act.”—Celeste Grieg, (R-CA), Republican Assembly president[xvi]
  • June 2013: “Because, you know, the incidence or rape resulting in pregnancy are very low.”—Trent Franks (R-AZ), Congressman[xvii]
  • June 2013: “In the emergency room they have what’s called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out. . . .The woman had five months to make that decision, at this point we are looking at a baby that is very far along in its development.”—Jodie Laubenberg (R-TX), State Representative, apparently confusing an abortion with the collection of forensic evidence[xviii]
  • March 2014: “If a woman decided not to go to the hospital and not get the ‘Plan B’, they’re making a decision to keep that child if they get pregnant.”—David Sater (R-MO), State Senator
  • January 2015: “I’m going to need your help to find a way out of this definitional problem with rape.” Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Senator[xxiv]
  • February 2015: “Obviously rape is awful. . .What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.”—Brian Kurcaba (R-WV), state delegate
  • February 2015: “I’m not trying at all to justify sexual activity with an unconscious person. It’s abhorrent to me, but do we as a legislative body, want to name that rape in every instance? . . . an individual has sex with their wife while she is unconscious. . .a prosecutor could then charge that spouse with rape.”—Brian Greene (R-UT), State Representative
  • July 2016: Donald Trump officially nominated as presidential candidate at the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio.
  • October 2016: A tape of Donald Trump talking to entertainer Billy Bush on the set of “Access Hollywood” was leaked in which Trump bragged about kissing and grabbing women without their consent—the definition of sexual assault—with impunity because of his celebrity.[xxxii]
  • November 2016: Despite the incidents mentioned above Donald Trump was elected president of the United States of America.
  • January 2017: Donald Trump was sworn in as president of the United States.

 

[i] Sam Stein, “Sharron Angle’s Advice For Rape Victims Considering Abortion: Turn Lemons Into Lemonade,” huffingtonpost.com, July 8, 2010. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/07/08/sharron-angles-advice-for_n_639294.html

 

[ii] No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act of 2011, congress.gov, accessed July 31, 2017. https://www.congress.gov/bill/112th-congress/house-bill/3

 

[iii] Jason Linkins, “In Wake Of Texas Gang Rape, Florida Lawmaker Proposes School Dress Code Legislation,” huffingtonpost.com, May 25, 2011. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/03/16/texas-gang-rape-aftermath-florida-law_n_836841.html

 

[iv] Jen Quraishi, “Indiana Shoots Down Rape/Incest Abortion Exceptions,” motherjones.com, April 1, 2011.

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2011/04/indiana-shoots-down-rapeincest-abortion-exceptions/

 

[v] http://www.cnn.com/2011/OPINION/05/31/granderson.rape.abortion/index.html

 

[vi] GOP RAPE ADVISORY CHART VOL II

[vii] GOP RAPE ADVISORY CHART VOL I

[viii] GOP RAPE ADVISORY CHART VOL I

[ix] GOP RAPE ADVISORY CHART.

 

[x] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL. I

[xi] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL. II

[xii] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL. VII

[xiii] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL. 1 AND DANIELS COLBERT ENDORSEMENT

[xiv] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL. I

[xv] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL IV

[xvi] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL V.

[xvii] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL. VII

[xviii] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL. VII

[xix] Steven Nelson, “Obama’s Budget Proposal Slashes Obamacare Abstinence Grants,” usnews.com, March 5, 2014, http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2014/03/05/obamas-budget-proposal-slashes-obamacare-abstinence-grants

 

[xx] Hattinger, “Fuck the Patriarchy—Guest Post By Clare,” Wine & Marble (blog), May 12, 2014, http://www.hannahettinger.com/fuck-the-patriarchy-guest-post-by-clare/

 

[xxi] Kristin Harris, “After School Sends Senior Home For ‘Too Short’ Dress, Her Mom Wears It to Graduation Ceremony,” seventeen.com, June 17, 2014, http://www.seventeen.com/life/school/reviews/a28723/mom-wears-daughter-banned-dress-graduation/

 

[xxii] Laura Beck, “School Superintendent Allegedly Calls Students ‘Skanks’ On First Day of School,” seventeen.com, Aug. 25, 2014, http://www.seventeen.com/life/school/reviews/a28698/high-school-superintendent-calls-students-skanks/

 

[xxiii] Tess Koman, “Teen Girl Forced to Wear ‘Shame Suit’ for Violating High School Dress Code,” seventeen.com, Sep. 5, 2014, http://www.seventeen.com/life/school/reviews/a26971/high-school-student-dress-code-violation-shame-suit/

 

[xxiv] GOP RAPE ADVISORY VOL IX

[xxv] Maggie Sunseri, “Shame: A Documentary on School Dress Code,” uploaded May 29, 2015, accessed Feb. 11, 2017, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDgAZO_5U_U

 

[xxvi] Eun Kyung Kim, “Kentucky student violates high school dress code with exposed collarbone,” Today.com, Aug. 17, 2015, http://www.today.com/style/kentucky-student-violates-high-school-dress-code-exposed-collarbone-t39211

 

[xxvii] Elizabeth Denton, “This Florida Teen Got in Trouble for Wearing a Sleeveless Shirt *Under* a Jacket,” seventeen.com, Sep. 11, 2015, http://www.seventeen.com/fashion/news/a33945/seriously-this-girl-got-in-trouble-for-wearing-a-sleaveless-shirt-under-a-jacket/

 

[xxviii] Noelle Devoe, “Over 40 Girls Were Removed From Class For Wearing Leggings in One Day at Tennessee High School,” seventeen.com, Oct. 30, 2015, http://www.seventeen.com/life/school/news/a35249/more-than-40-girls-taken-out-of-class-for-wearing-leggings-in-one-day-at-tennessee-high-school/

 

[xxix] Jordi Lippe-McGraw, “Oklahoma teen fights back after being sent home from school for wearing leggings,” today.com, Dec. 29, 2015, http://www.today.com/style/oklahoma-teen-fights-back-after-being-sent-home-school-wearing-t63881

 

[xxx] Kelsey Steigman, “High School Puts Out Disturbing Body Shaming Video To Outline Prom Dress Code,” seventeen.com, April 12, 2016, http://www.seventeen.com/life/school/news/a39626/high-school-puts-out-disturbing-body-shaming-video-to-outline-prom-dress-code/

 

[xxxi] Hannah Orensten, “This High School Senior Got Called Out for Not Wearing a Bra to School,” seventeen.com, June 3, 2016, http://www.seventeen.com/life/school/news/a40839/parents-called-the-cops-on-boys-who-wore-bras-in-support-of-a-girl-punished-for-going-braless/

 

[xxxii] Paul Farhi, “A caller had a lewd tape of Donald Trump. Then the race to break the story was on.” The Washington Post, Oct. 7, 2017, https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-caller-had-a-lewd-tape-of-donald-trump-then-the-race-was-on/2016/10/07/31d74714-8ce5-11e6-875e-2c1bfe943b66_story.html?utm_term=.d26dec2eb2a3

 

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