Reporter Josh Smith: 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?~ VP Candidate Paul Ryan being interviewed by WJHL last week via Raw Story
Ryan: 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.
Last week, Paul Ryan gave an interview in which, defending his position that there should be no excuses for abortion, he referred to rape as a "method of conception."
Wow, right? Talk about a benign euphemism. Rape -- RAPE! -- is now a "method of conception." You know, like love-making, just without the love.
~ Paul Slansky on Huffington Post
Online Etymology Dictionary
rape (v.) late 14c., "seize prey; abduct, take by force," from Anglo-Fr. raper (O.Fr. rapir) "to seize, abduct," a legal term, probably from pp. of L. rapere "seize, carry off by force, abduct" (see rapid). Latin rapere was used for "sexual violation," but only very rarely; the usual Latin word being stuprum, lit. "disgrace." Meaning "to abduct (a woman), ravish;" also "seduce (a man)" is from early 15c.
United States Department of Jusice Definition, January 2012
“Forcible rape” had been defined by the UCR SRS (Uniform Crime Report Summary Reporting System) as “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.” That definition, unchanged since 1927, was outdated and narrow. It only included forcible male penile penetration of a female vagina.
The new definition is: “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
For the first time ever, the new definition includes any gender of victim and perpetrator, not just women being raped by men. It also recognizes that rape with an object can be as traumatic as penile/vaginal rape. This definition also includes instances in which the victim is unable to give consent because of temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity.
Furthermore, because many rapes are facilitated by drugs or alcohol, the new definition recognizes that a victim can be incapacitated and thus unable to consent because of ingestion of drugs or alcohol. Similarly, a victim may be legally incapable of consent because of age. The ability of the victim to give consent must be determined in accordance with individual state statutes. Physical resistance is not required on the part of the victim to demonstrate lack of consent.
I seriously doubt procreation is the top priority of rapists.
~ comment by Bella Says on Huffington Post
The next thing you know the RNC will start calling rape "surprise sex" and the pregnancies from surprise sex will be dubbed "uncomfortable fertilizations."
~ comment by Old Surrender on Huff Post
...The wording he used is misleading because intercourse and artificial insemination are the only methods that I know for conceiving a baby. So he is prioritizing the intercourse and disregarding the monstrous criminal act of rape and the mental and emotional scar it causes a woman, by taking away her right to an abortion.
~ comment by SJW1 on Huff Post
Rape is a method of conception" much in the same way that tying your dog's leash to the bumper of your car and driving 80 mph is a method of taking your dog for a walk.
~ commenty by sugacan1 on Huff Post
"Rape is a method of conception" much in the same way that water boarding is a method of cooling ones self off.
~ comment by Jose C. on Huff Post
Now that almost every male Republican has offered up his party line opinion of rape (Paul Ryan says rape is but "...a method of conception") and it's rightful place in our social fabric, we can be completely at ease with the fact that these Republicans are, for the most part, quite heartless when it comes to what women have to go through just to bring them into this world, then live with some modicum of dignity through the Republican opinion of them.
How did every ones mother become the object of scorn? How did women become second class citizens and less than human? How could any woman vote for one of these reptiles?
~ comment by kitlevey on Huff Post
I guess from the rapist point of view, rape is just a method of obtaining sexual intercourse.
~ comment by Sleeping to Live on Huff Post
She's Just an Easy-Bake Oven: How the GOP and the Anti-Choice Movement See Women
. . . For instance, Rep. Paul Ryan, now a nominee for Vice President, has a long history of using incredibly dehumanizing language towards women and speaking of women as if they non-sentient beings, while seemingly imbuing even fertilized eggs with the sentience he won’t grant women. Even though he’s no doubt been strongly coached to try to at least mimic compassion for women, the notion that women have internal lives and experiences that matter just doesn’t seem to factor into his discussion of reproductive rights. Instead, he just falls back on talking about women as if they’re nothing but flesh-bound ovens to cook male heirs. Which, naturally, led to the same kind of minimization of rape that Akin is accused of engaging in.
. . . Rape is just a “method of conception,” relegating women to the means of conception, instead of, you know, people whose experiences, hopes, and fears actually matter. He might as well be talking about cooking eggs. Some people scramble eggs and some people make omelets, but no matter the method of cooking, it’s still eggs! Ryan may accept that perhaps raping isn’t the preferred method of sperm delivery to the vessel, but at the end of the day, the only thing that really matters is that the sperm got delivered and that the vessel not be allowed a say in the matter.
~ Amanda Marcotte on Reproductive Health Reality Check
Via Newsweek Tumblr
“We will deny you fair pay and contraception, rape you, make you keep it, and then deny the baby public aid!”— ThatBuddha (@ThatBuddha) August 21, 2012
Worst part of the GOP Convention will be when Romney & Ryan dress up as Hall & Oates to perform 'M.E.T.H.O.D. of Modern Conception'— Jesse Hawken (@jessehawken) August 28, 2012
Ryan now says he's "comfortable" allowing abortions in the case of rape and incest, as long as the President is white thinkprogress.org/politics/2012/…— The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) August 28, 2012
I fear that Paul Ryan's extremist views about rape & abortion will distract us from his extremist views about Social Security & Medicare.— Andy Borowitz (@BorowitzReport) August 23, 2012