When I saw the headline promoting Ron Paul’s appearance on Piers Morgan’s program on CNN — “Ron Paul on rape and abortion: ‘It’s a tough one and I won’t satisfy everybody there,'” I figured that he was going to say something mind-boggling, but I had no idea he was going to go here:

“If it’s an honest rape,” Paul replied, “that individual should go immediately to the emergency room, I would give them a shot of estrogen.” He claimed, however, that if a woman is “seven months pregnant” and says that she was raped, “It’s a little bit of a different story.”

What the ever-loving f*ck is an “honest rape”? Is there no end to the message of slut-shaming attached to this? So what could he mean? I guess these don’t qualify:

  • Women who are raped, choosing to submit rather than being maimed or killed?
  • Date rapes where she’s intoxicated/drugged, and says “no”?
  • Rapes by husbands?

You get the idea. Jessica Pieklo at Care2:

I guess I would start by asking Paul to follow-up on just what exactly constitutes an “honest” rape. What kind of evidence would we need to show a lack of consent? Does a woman need to have signs she resisted? How much resistance counts before a rape goes from being “fraudulent” to being “honest”? Can spousal rape ever be “honest”? What about other forms of familial rape? What exactly is the bright line here?

Assuming we get some clarity from Paul on the parameters of “honest” rape, I’ve got a few logistical questions also. I’m assuming part of the investigation into whether or not a rape was “honest” would include an exam to collect evidence to support or negate the claim– a rape kit. We will need to have this evidence processed and processed QUICKLY in order to make sure we get that shot of estrogen in time. In order for that to happen, I’m assuming Paul is going to make sure that local law enforcement is fully funded and staffed to process those rape kits. How will this expansion of law enforcement be funded? And what about those women who don’t live in close proximity to a hospital or clinic? Do we have law enforcement come to them with doctors?

Of course he doesn’t elaborate.

The non-stop GOP Clown Car attacks on the autonomy of women have been astonishing. Many of the bozos running President of the United States have signed on to fundie pledges and statements agreeing that a fertilized egg is a person with citizen rights. That in essence means that they are declaring that women are no more than birthing vessels. If these women dare need access to taxpayer-funded resources once the baby is shot out into the real world, the GOP wants them to twist in the wind. Alternatively, women apparently shouldn’t have access to birth control either, since that prevents the holy birthing process from going forward, and we can’t have that — it means that women actually have sex for pleasure, not always procreation.

Notably, there seems to be no interest in men, sperm, and their sexual self-governing in the 2012 race. Does Dr. Paul have any answer for this? I look forward to more wisdom from the penis-possessing occupants of the Clown Car.

Pam Spaulding

Pam Spaulding