Sen. Sam Brownback, campaigning for president on Saturday before the National Catholic Men's Conference, questioned whether rape victims should get abortions.
"Rape is terrible. Rape is awful. Is it made any better by killing an innocent child? Does it solve the problem for the woman that's been raped?" the Kansas Republican asked at the St. Joseph's Covenant Keepers gathering.
"We need to protect innocent life. Period," Brownback said, bringing the crowd of about 500 to its feet.
I don't believe in abortion on demand for any reason, but by definition, rape is non-consentual, and so this completely denies the self-determination of women, making them a slave to the fetus that was imposed on them by a criminal. It's remarkable to me that so many people would grant a single cell superior rights and protections than they would to a post-birth human being.
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