You'd think that after the rape-happy shitshow that sunk multiple anti-choice Republican candidates during the last election cycle, conservatives would maybe want to STFU about abortion for awhile—at least in the cases of rape and incest. But no! Apparently, condemning rape victims for being raped and seeking abortions isn't the problem here, it's how the party is framing the discussion:
Faced with polls saying that eight in 10 Americans think abortion should be legal when a pregnancy results from rape, these activists are actually pushing for more public discussion of the issue. It’s part of a long-term campaign to try to change Americans’ minds and to bring the country closer to banning abortion in nearly all cases.
One part of the plan is to train politicians how to answer difficult questions about the issue while also attacking pro-choice politicians. Another is to emphasize the humanity of the rape survivor and her unborn baby.
On a webcast two days after the election, Billy Valentine—the policy director of the Susan B. Anthony List, which supports anti-choice rights candidates—lauded failed Senate candidates Todd Akin (who said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down”) and Richard Mourdock (who said that “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen”) as being “courageous.”
This isn't surprising news but it's something to keep on your radar. Instead of working to prevent rape or give women broader access to birth control, the new strategies of anti-choice activists include cultivating more anti-choice female candidates and reminding women that "abortion doesn't unrape you." So you might as well grin and bear that rape baby, ladies!