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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Idaho Senator Sees "Rape" as an Abortion Excuse

Posted by Alex Zielinski on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Touched upon in Good Morning News, Idaho Senate joined Texas and Virginia yesterday in mandating that all pregnant women must undergo an ultrasound prior to terminating their pregnancy. While this idea alone ushered in a slew of disapproval, Idaho Senator Chuck Winder delivered a shocking kicker in yesterday's closing arguments.

"Rape and incest was used as a reason to oppose this. I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician, with a rape issue, that 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," said Winder.

Yikes. If being raped wasn't traumatic enough, now you may be doubted by a doctor? Following a barrage of upset responses over Winder's doubt, he tried to backpedal: “I used a married woman, the idea being that as a woman or a couple, whether they be married or unmarried at the time, would want to find out if the pregnancy occurred as the product of the rape, or whether the pregnancy was unknown at the time,” Winder told The Associated Press. “There was never any intention on my part to question the honesty of a woman in cases of rape.”

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