Sharron Angle, and I’m giving her more credit than her own state Republican Party by spelling her name correctly, gave an interview to a conservative radio host in Nevada late last month that reflects the typical level of talk bandied about on these low-profile programs. Only now has it been elevated to the wider media, because the audience for these shows generally agree with the sentiments expressed. But would the full electorate in Nevada?

Stock: Let me bring up one other topic that I rarely talk about here, because it’s one of those topics that’s a lose-lose, but we’ve got to talk about it because it was brought up in your TV interview and that has to do with the issue of abortion, and whether or not abortion should be available in the case of rape or incest. The question to you at the time by the interviewer was that do you want the government to go and tell a 13 year-old child who has been raped by her father that she has to have that baby. And of course you responded ‘I didn’t say that I always say that I value life.’ Where do you stand on the issue of abortion, a consensual abortion, from a person who is raped or is pregnant as a result of incest?

Angle: Well right now our law permits that. My own personal feelings and that is always what I express, my personal feeling is that we need to err on the side of life. There is a plan and a purpose, a value to every life no matter what it’s location, age, gender or disability. So whenever we talk about government and government’s role, government’s role is to protect life and that’s what our Founding Father said, that we have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Stock: What do you say then to a young girl, I am going to place it as he said it, when a young girl is raped by her father, let’s say, and she is pregnant. How do you explain this to her in terms of wanting her to go through the process of having the baby?

Angle: I think that two wrongs don’t make a right. And I have been in the situation of counseling young girls, not 13 but 15, who have had very at risk, difficult pregnancies. And my counsel was to look for some alternatives, which they did. And they found that they had made what was really a lemon situation into lemonade. Well one girl in particular moved in with the adoptive parents of her child, and they both were adopted. Both of them grew up, one graduated from high school, the other had parents that loved her and she also graduated from high school. And I’ll tell you the little girl who was born from that very poor situation came to me when she was 13 and said ‘I know what you did thank you for saving my life.’ So it is meaningful to me to err on the side of life.

Angle’s handlers, which have tried relentlessly to moderate her rhetoric since she won the GOP primary, would probably counter that she did not explicitly tell rape victims to turn their “lemons” (lemons, in this case, equaling being raped) into lemonade. But that’s the clear implication. Incest and rape victims should not have the choice to terminate pregnancies from those horrific experiences.

Because Americans generally don’t support such extreme beliefs, the pro-forced birth movement has typically sought to merely chip away at current law on the margins, with things like parental notification or forced ultrasounds or things of that nature. Angle is not satisfied with that. She’s going for it all.

Surely her next move will be to sue the Huffington Post for daring to quote her.

David Dayen

David Dayen

1 Comment