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June 15, 2007

More on Sen. Sam Brownback: No Choices for Rape Survivors

By Beth Shipp, political director, NARAL Pro-Choice America

"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...? We need to protect innocent life. Period."

Maybe this is another reason Sen. Brownback (R-KS) is so far behind in the polls. His recent comments questioning whether rape survivors should have access to abortion care are totally outrageous, and warrant an even closer look, by the mainstream media, at his whole record on choice.

As fringe as his views about rape victims are, unfortunately, they’re consistent with his long-standing and radical record on women’s reproductive rights. Let’s start at the beginning:

Sen. Brownback first won election to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994. In 1996, he won the U. S. Senate seat he holds now. During those years, every last one of the 79 votes he cast on abortion and other reproductive-rights issues was anti-choice. Every. Single. One.

What’s more, he has never, ever co-sponsored or supported legislation to prevent unintended pregnancy or reduce the need for abortion. He has demonstrated his opposition to birth control by voting to cancel the Title X family-planning program (which provides millions of women with health-care services ranging from birth control to breast-cancer screenings), voting against teen-pregnancy-prevention programs, voting against legislation that would have supported insurance coverage for birth control, and the list goes on. There’s no room for misunderstanding Brownback's record – hypocrisy mixed with extremism. Fabulous.

So, lest there be any confusion about how extreme Sen. Brownback is on choice, let’s end with the words he used during an interview with George Stephanopoulos for ABC’s This Week, “I’ve worked on this issue a long time. I have been pro-life. I’ve voted pro-life. I’ve worked on these issues. I’ve carried these bills in Congress.”

And there you have it, straight from the senator’s mouth: no prevention, no health exceptions, and no compassion for rape survivors.

For more information on some of the other egregious statements he has made, please check out Sen. Brownback’s statements on choice. You can also find out what other presidential candidates had to say by clicking here.

Posted by Bush v. Choice at June 15, 2007 9:17 AM


Senator Brownbeck made the statement "We've got to start rebuilding families in America." Well, since this is what he wants and since he is also against abortions for rape survivors, I wonder how he thinks it would help to "rebuild families" if a married woman is raped, gets pregnant, and then her husband, children, and family have to watch her be pregnant with another man's child and give birth to a child that doesn't belong to them? Exactly how would that rebuild families and make them stronger? I'd think it would more likely tear a family apart.

Posted by: Jordan at June 15, 2007 10:11 AM

More importantly, how messed up is the message that scenario sends to the woman's children (both by husband and rapist). "It's not a woman's place to say "no" to sex, or to a child; that's for men to decide, because they're men and they have that power." How disturbing.

Posted by: werechick at June 18, 2007 1:47 AM