In working on my book, I went to Rwanda in 2004 to interview women who had borne children of rape conceived during the genocide. …At the end of my final interview, I asked the woman I was interviewing whether she had any questions. She paused shyly for a moment. “Well,” she said, a little hesitantly. “You work in this field of psychology.” I nodded. She took a deep breath. “Can you tell me how to love my daughter more?” she asked. “I want to love her so much, and I try my best, but when I look at her I see what happened to me and it interferes.” A tear rolled down her cheek, but her tone turned almost fierce, challenging. “Can you tell me how to love my daughter more?” she repeated.
Perhaps Todd Akin has an answer for her.
Vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan says that he personally believes that rape is just another “method of conception” and not an excuse to allow abortions.
During an interview with WJHL this week, Ryan was asked his view about Rep. Todd Akin, who recently asserted that women could not get pregnant from “legitimate rape.”
“Specifically where you stand when it comes to rape, and when it comes to the issue of should it be legal for a woman to be able to get an abortion if she’s raped?” WJHL reporter Josh Smith wondered.
“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,” Ryan explained. “But let’s remember, I’m joining the Romney-Ryan ticket. And the president makes policy.”
“And the president, in this case the future President Mitt Romney, has exceptions for rape, incest, and life of the mother, which is a vast improvement of where we are right now.”
MSNBC’s Steve Benen noted that responses like this were probably the reason that Romney is refusing to take any questions about Akin or abortion.
“In this case, when Ryan says ‘the method of conception’ is irrelevant, he’s talking about rape,” Benen wrote. “In other words, the Republicans’ vice presidential nominee clearly believes the government should force women to take their pregnancy to term if they are impregnated by a rapist.”
“Republicans can only distance themselves so much from Todd Akin before we realize they share his views.”
There are no words to describe this rage.
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I write concerning necessary changes to the New York State Penal Law to redefine rape. In the wake of the mistrial on the rape charges against former New York City Police Officer Michael Pena, it is more important than ever to advance “Rape is Rape” legislation, Assembly Bill 09774 and Senate Bill S06877.
I urge you to support and pass the “Rape is Rape” bill in this legislative session. The bill re-defines the crimes of Rape in the First, Second and Third Degrees to include forcible oral and anal sexual conduct and aggravated sexual contact, in addition to sexual intercourse as an element of rape charges.
While Pena was convicted of several other charges for holding a Bronx school teacher at gunpoint and forcing her to engage in oral and anal sex, he was not convicted of the top count of rape. No verdict was reached on the rape charge despite evidence of the defendant’s semen in the victim’s underwear, redness to her genitals, eyewitness testimony and the victim’s own account of the pain of the attack.
Common sense dictates that what happened to this victim is rape. No other victim should have to suffer the indignity of being told that being forced to engage in oral or anal sex is not rape.
Thank you for your consideration and work towards securing a safer New York.
Please sign! As a woman, a New Yorker, and someone with common sense this is vitally important to me.