Reporter Shocked That Rape Can Lead to Conception
In the Huffington Post today, there’s one of those attempted “gotcha!” articles that makes one wonder whether the abortion-loving hysterics of the left even bother to listen when anyone speaks any more. It’s from someone named Paul Slansky, who is listed as a contributor to The New Yorker, and he makes this claim about Rep. Paul Ryan:
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.
There could be no greater testament to the utter abdication of responsibility by what passes for a “news” media in America in 2012 than that, despite the grotesquerie of this cavalierly callous comment, chances are better than good that this is the first you’re hearing of it.
Here, watch it—and try to figure out why this has gotten NO MAINSTREAM MEDIA play (not even here at the Huffington Post) despite it being, to my mind, a far more offensive remark than Todd Akin’s imbecilic blurt of last weekend. What, are we tired of stupid remarks about rape now, so Ryan gets a free pass?
Well, I did watch it, and because I can actually understand English, I came away saying, “huh?” Watch it for yourself:
What Ryan obviously means by “method of conception” is “the way that the sperm and egg happened to find themselves together in the same reproductive system.” Nothing that he says indicates that he thinks rape anything other than a horrific crime, and the position that he holds with regard to a rape exception to an abortion ban is nothing more than the official position of the Catholic Church of which he happens to be a faithful member. But to morons like Slansky, looking for any way to perpetuate the idiotic “war on women” meme that the left has been shoveling forth for the past few months, describing rape as an act that makes conception biologically possible is a reason why Ryan should be pushed off the Republican ticket. Even many commenters at HuffPo arent buying that, as they patiently try to explain to Mr. Keyboard-as-Crayola what plain English means:
Wtheck is wrong with all of you? Of course rape is a form of conception. He didn’t say this was something that was to be sought after or praised, he simply stated a fact Let’s put it this way… if a woman gets raped, and conception would never occur from that rape, then the need for abortion with rape victims would be null and void, would it not? Duh. (bbkey42)
ok so im not even a republican nor do i plan on voting for this guy and romney but i do think that what he said is being taken out of context of what he meant. i think what he meant that no matter how the conception happened that is still a life that is growing within a woman. just my take on it i dont like to be swayed by rhetoric no matter what side it is coming from. (Paul TwinkleToes Rodney)
While I am vehemently for a woman’s right to choose, I am not as offended by this. Certainly, Ryan should have said ‘circumstances’. I think this is too nitpicky for the outrage you seem to think it deserves. (Cathy Ross)
And that’s just a handful. So when do you suppose the mainstream media is going to get the message that even some of the people on their side of the ideological divide wish they’s sit down, shut up, and stop turning everything they don’t like into The End of the World As We Know It?
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