W. Virginia Republican: Rape Is Bad, But It Can Make 'Beautiful' Kids


Dear God, it’s like they’re actively trying to get us to insult them: yet another Republican politician has argued against allowing rape survivors to get abortions, because while rape is “obviously awful,” the children it can potentially produce are beautiful. Yep. Nothing lovelier than a forced pregnancy.

The West Virginia House has begun the process of approving a bill that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in the state; Like other version of the same bill, West Virginia’s proposed law has been dubbed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. It’s based on the bunk science that fetuses are capable of feeling pain after 20 weeks, and that pain should trump the desire someone might feel to not carry an unwanted pregnancy to term.

The body’s health committee passed the bill Thursday. But first, as the Charleston Gazette reported, in comments that were picked up by both Huffington Post and Think Progress, Delegate Brian Kurcaba said he couldn’t quite see why there should be an exception in the bill for victims of rape or incest.

“Obviously rape is awful,” Kurcaba said. “What is beautiful is the child that could come from this.” Bear that in mind, hollow vessels ladies.

When he’s not representing his district, Kurcaba is a financial consultant — not a doctor, a psychologist, or a person capable of ever getting pregnant. Nonetheless, given that he clearly knows what’s best for the health of pregnant women and rape survivors alike—and seeing that he’s evidently deleted his Facebook page in the past few hours—do feel free to direct your medical questions to him via Twitter.

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