Per Politics PA, Republican Tom Smith is running against Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in Pennsylvania, and he disturbingly suggested that having a child out of wedlock was analogous to rape.
No, I'm not kidding. Here's the audio from a Pennsylvania press club luncheon:
Smith: I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to.. she chose they way I thought. No don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.
Mark Scolforo, Associated Press: Similar how?
Smith: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.
Scolforo: That’s similar to rape?
Smith: No, no, no, but… put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period. [...]
John Micek, Morning Call: Mr. Smith, can I ask you to clarify one more time the question that Mark asked you. Did I just hear you say that having a child out of wedlock is analogous to rape?
Smith: No, I did not say that.
Scolforo: You did say that.
Micek: But you did say it, sir.
Scolforo: But you did say that.
Smith: I said I went through a situation.
Scolforo: With your daughter, with a daughter.
Smith: And it’s very, very difficult. But do I condone rape? Absolutely not. Do I propose life? Yes I do. I’m pro-life, period.
Scolforo: So what’s the similarity between those two, in other words? Just that there’s a decision involved?
Smith: (Pause.) A life is a life, and it needs protected. Who’s going to protect it? We have to. I mean that’s, I believe life begins at conception. I’m not going to argue about the method of conception. It’s a life, and I’m pro-life. It’s that simple.
Speaking of "methods of conception," here are Paul Ryan's comments on Todd Akin's "legitimate rape" idiocy:
"The method of conception doesn't change the definition of life."
GOP talking points on rape/conception: Check.
So rape is just, you know, another way to conceive. There's consensual sex, sex out of wedlock, and then there's forcing a woman to do something against her will (rape), traumatizing her for life. All are equal, all are simply "methods of conception" and if a woman gets pregnant by any "method," men like these, lawmakers like these, will tell her what she can do or can't do with her own body. They will determine for her that she must go through "forcible" birth.
Pro-forced birth would also be the ultimate goal of a President Romney with his choice (no pun) of Supreme Court justices.
And that would "change the definition" of freedom, privacy, and choice.