Wednesday, March 08, 2006

"Sodomized As Bad As You Can Possibly Make It"

Amid all the hoopla surrounding South Dakota's ban on almost all abortions except to save the life of the mother, we have this little peek into the mindset of one of the key lawmakers behind this legislation.

South Dakota's abortion ban - which will only go into effect if it is upheld by the Supreme Court - does not allow exceptions for rape or incest. However, to his credit, Republican state senator Bill Napoli does envision a scenario under which certain classes of really raped women might be able to terminate a pregnancy.

"A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged," Napoli said on Friday's edition of The News Hour with Jim Lehrer. "The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life."

Just how pristine will a woman have to be and just how brutally will she have to be raped for the state to allow her to have an abortion? I wonder if South Dakota's doctors and/or judges will be required to check the anuses and church attendance records of raped women who want abortions? A guy like Napoli has almost certainly thought this whole thing out. Many times, probably.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Napoli says things like that and expects to be taken seriously? How bad is it in South Dakota that this nutjob got elected in the first place?

Michael

Jennifer LaSuprema said...

Oh, Michael! How could you even ask such a question? (Or don't you live in Texas?) You *know* there are places even Pat Robertson could get elected.