Indiana lawmaker: Women will fake their own rape or incest to get an abortion

woman with hand over mouth and liar written on the palm of her other hand

Hey ladies! Are you “desirous of an abortion” but unsure of how to get one (since extreme anti-choice provisions might make access illegal) or pay for it (since of course it’s not covered under your health insurance plan)? Well then BOY do I have the LOOPHOLE for you!!

It’s “simple” according to Rep. Eric Turner, a [male] Republican from Indiana who introduced an anti-abortion bill in the Indiana House that “would put some of the tightest abortion restrictions in the nation into Indiana law.” All you have to do is lie about being raped.

According to Think Progress, Turner took to the podium to defend against an amendment by state Rep. Gail Riecken (D) that would have created a few exceptions to an extreme anti-abortion bill:

“Riecken introduced an amendment to exempt ‘women who became pregnant due to rape or incest, or women for whom pregnancy threatens their life or could cause serious and irreversible physical harm’ from being forced to carry to term. Fearing this bill would ‘push women to the back alleys’ for illegal abortions, Riecken pleaded with lawmakers to allow women to make the choice in these cases.

Turner then stepped to the podium and insisted that Riecken’s amendment would create a ‘giant loophole’ for women. That loophole? Women ‘could simply say they’ve been raped’:

TURNER: With all do respect to Rep. Riecken, I understand what she’s trying to do. But as you know that when the federal health care bill was going through Congress there was a lot of discussion whether this would allow for abortion coverage and of course we were all told it would not. And the bill, my house bill 1210, would prevent that for any insurance company to provide abortion coverage under federal health care bill. This [amendment] would open that window and I would ask you to oppose this amendment.

I just want you to think about this, in my view, giant loophole that could be created where someone who could — now i want to be careful, I don’t want to disparage in any way someone who has gone through the experience of a rape or incest — but someone who is desirous of an abortion could simply say that they’ve been raped or there’s incest.

[Emphasis mine.]

Hey Turner. The fact that you think it’s “simple” for women to say they’ve been raped or are a survivor of incest shows just how out of touch you are. And your acknowledgment that women would need to LIE just to access basic healthcare if your bill passes shows that you know what you’re doing: denying women the care they need and want, to the point of desperation. Which somehow makes your accusation of their lack of trustworthiness all the more shameless.

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9 Comments

  1. Posted March 31, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    It’s the same old argument about welfare mothers. Some still assert that they will cheat the system if need be, or have additional children to continue to be irresponsible and in so doing drain the system dry. Both of these arguments presume automatically that people will not act responsibly and that safeguards must be put in place to ensure that they cannot.

    “Trust women” applies to this situation as well.

    • Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Permalink

      The welfare debate is very similar! When I think of “welfare moms,” I’ve been spoonfed this image of an urban black woman by the media. The reality is that the majority of welfare recipients are rural whites (not necessarily women). When it comes to free government dollars for nothing though, the majority goes to (energy) corporations: the biggest welfare mommas in the land.

      AND…when I think about the religious impugning of abortion-as-birth-control, I have been fed this picture of middle-lower class debutant coeds. When in personal experience, the only women that I have met (all three of them) that actually practice this extreme form of birth-control were daughters of very very wealthy baptist white men.

  2. Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:11 pm | Permalink

    Even with all the intelligent things I have to say about the abortion debate, sometimes I just get fed up with the stupidity behind the matter. Why will no one ever answer the question, “Why do YOU get to decide for women?”

    It always comes down to God says, or it’s right to do it. There is no personal responsibility behind a response like that.

  3. Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Permalink

    CALLOUS RESPONSE WARNING!

    It seems, considering the statistics, that it is easier for a man to rape a woman than a woman to believably lie about being raped. Why?

    Women who have been raped have a hard time being believed. Women in sexual assault charges face this all-too-strong skepticism throughout the entire justice process. The idea that, somehow, this same shameful skepticism won’t be applied to them during the search for an abortion is baseless.

    The deck is already stacked against these women, Turner’s “giant loophole” offers solace only to the extra-ordinarily desperate or sociopathic. Turner does not evaluate the (sociological, moral, and legal) ugliness of his opinion. Indiana would be better served by Peter Griffin.

  4. Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm | Permalink

    I find this news from Indiana unbelievably depressing. Our country is in a bad place indeed when patently misogynist sentiments such as “she could lie about being raped” go largely unchallenged.
    But then what can one expect from politicians who would also dictate that women be forced to endure the pain and heartbreak of carrying and delivering fetuses so abnormal they stand no chance at enjoying any quality of life, ever… I wrote about this several months ago:

    http://thelittlegrape.blogspot.com/2010/11/last-legal-option-for-women-who-really.html

  5. Posted March 31, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    It is really hard to find anything nice to say about these people anymore…

  6. Posted March 31, 2011 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I’m more likely to lie about being General Electric so that the government can give me $4 billion.

  7. Posted March 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I find it puzzling the Republicans are reading the letter of the law about no federal funds to be used for abortion. Surely the amendments are fair and reasonable? Why would a man consider a woman would lie about such a horrific event just to get an abortion? I think this illustrates what I have learned all along, Republicans are incapable of love, or indeed any other kind of emotion when it comes to lawmaking. To even think a woman simply decides on an impulse to have an abortion makes no sense, to think a woman would lie about rape or incest is even more fantastic.

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