Idaho Rejects Rape Exception In Abortion Bill Because ‘The Hand Of The Almighty’ Was At Work

From Think Progress:

Marching in step with the GOP’s nationwide war on a woman’s right to choose, the Idaho legislature gave final approval to a bill that would outlaw abortions after 20 weeks. Modeled after Nebraska’s first-in-the-nation measure, the bill — like the one passed in Kansas last week — is based on highly disputed medical research alleging that a fetus can feel pain at 20 weeks. Idaho’s bill, however, also fails to include exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality or the mental or psychological health of the mother. “Only when the pregnancy threatens the mother’s life or physical health could a post-20-week abortion be performed.”

But this year during Sexual Assault Awareness Month, state Republican lawmakers found plenty of reasons to advocate for it. State Rep. Shannon McMillan (R) argued that women who were impregnated under “violent circumstances” should have no choice because it’s not the fetus’s fault. State Rep. Brent Crane, the bill’s sponsor, took it a step further. Believing that “tragic, horrific” acts of rape or incest are the “hand of the Almighty,” Crane said women should trust God to turn the consequences of their sexual assault into “wonderful examples”


  1. That line of reasoning should be applied to Brent Crane’s family when any one of them his hit by a car, is stricken with a disease or some other life threatening/altering situation. Not that I would wish that upon his or his family, but if he should be forced to wrap his arms around the bullshit he pushes on others.

  2. Well, according to the Bible the Christian God is a repeat sex offender and perpetrator of sexual assault so it shouldn’t be surprising that He’s responsible for rape. Again.

  3. Fair play to you Chris. I dont know how you trawl the internet in search of these stories top post. All I can think of when reading most if them, is ‘what the fuck are these people doing to humanity?’.

    It’s usually the work of religious zealots, ignorant individuals/groups or currupt politicians (or a combination of the three-in-one) that surprised me in your posts. I usually read the stories ‘sighed’ at the horrible people in them and moved on, but every now and then I’m shocked at the depravity of these people. I try do my bit for humanity on my own little way, but good grief there’s so much crap out there trying to hold us back

  4. If what they say about god is true, I’d like a law passed that declares he’s a shitbag and can’t come within 500 feet of a school.

  5. I wish the “mighty hand of God” would come down and smack these losers around a little. Heck, if that happened, I might even become a believer!

  6. These people are the strongest possible argument for atheism. If that’s God’s hand, I want no part of him. And why do all these loudly self-styled Christians only read the Old Testament? Is it because if they read the New Testament, they would have to shelter the homeless, feed the hungry, etc.?

  7. Ah, Republicans. The party of small government. So small it can burrow into your reproductive organs and dictate “God’s Will” from there.

  8. I always feel naive to ask this but how, in 2011 are people getting away with pushing this legislation through and making these remarks without massive public consequences.

    I grew up in a rural community in England and there was/is conservatism in the sense of conserving ideas that no one has any excuse for having any more. Women’s choices about reproduction, gay rights and racial equality have all been exhausted to death on the most trashy, widespread and popular soap operas and all forms of mass media, cinema, music, the cultural wallpaper that surrounds people in the city’s and to a very similar degree people in rural communities.

    Rural communities here are about 2% different in terms of lifestyle and education than they are in towns and cities, same educaiton system, same supermarkets, same TV, same books in the same shops plus the over-arching influence of the internet.

    Yet there are still pockets of racism and grubby 1950s views about homosexuality, held by people fighting against the cultural tide around them to keep them but in most cases the wider community is vocal about these views being unncaceptable. Am I reading it correctly that in a cosntituency where you can say that Rape and Incest are the will of the almighty, that there is enough support for those ideas in that community to make it an acceptable thing to say.

    It’s difficult to understand.

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