Written By: Reverend Anton Sawyer
There will be those who see this title as a massively hyperbolic response to the overturning of Roe v. Wade—that I am trying to push some extreme narrative using shock tactics to prove a point.
You are wrong.
As an opioid addict, I thought I knew exactly where the GOP was coming from when it came to overturning Roe. Like pursuing drugs at that time had become my singular goal, the GOP shared the same zeal for pursuing a singular notion: saving unborn children at all costs. Like my addiction, my life was devoted to getting high, nothing else. Not once did I think about the collateral damage brought about by the unintended side effects of my seeking out the drug and its usage, even though these side effects were plain as day. When it came to overturning Roe, the conservatives were of the same mindset—achieve the goal at all costs while never allowing the potential negative consequences to enter their minds. Sadly, it seems one of these consequences will be an increase in rapists. The more research I did into the reality of the pro-life movement, the science, and faith behind everything, I came to a disturbing realization: there will be an increase in the rapist population, and this increase may all be by design—one that is ordained by God in Heaven.
In an attempt to maintain complete transparency, all research and statistical fact-checking for all articles can be found in the bibliography linked here.
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THEIR REALITY VS SCIENCE
Time and time again the Republican leadership has shown it doesn’t think rape truly exists. Over the years we have seen various sexual assault cases grab national attention only to have some GOP leaders come out and victim blame. From saying that the victim provoked the attack somehow (what was she wearing/what did she say?) to thinking the charges are all based on some kind of a revenge plot against the suspect due to perceived wrongdoing by the victim unrelated to sexual assault, the Republican excuses have run the gamut. It’s also clear that they have no belief in the victim at all, at any time … even if the victim is 10 years old.
As soon as the news broke nationwide that there had been a 10-year-old girl from Ohio who had been raped and was being forced to cross state lines into Indiana to have an abortion performed, conservative pundits immediately started to toe the line with their tried-and-true methods when it came to discussing the victim. One example comes from when Fox News host Jesse Watters opened his show by not-so-subtly laying the groundwork for a conspiracy theory when it came to the 10-year-old rape victim—her attack was a hoax. “You would think the story of a sexual abuser roaming free assaulting 10-year-olds would raise quite a few concerns in small-town Ohio, but no one seems to be doing anything about it,” he said later. “No one even knows anything about it. Local media outlets aren't even alerting the public. There's a monster on the loose and from what we can find, no local newspaper or TV station picked up the story.” His colleague, Tucker Carlson, did not mince words on his show. He outright said that it "turned out the story was not true." Fox hosts Emily Compagno and Dan Bongino followed suit, calling the story a liberal media hoax. Even Ohio's Attorney General Dave Yost toed the right-wing media line, calling the story a "fabrication." Once it was found out that the story was true, the conservative faction felt that the most honorable thing to do would be to apologize.
That’s a lie.
Once it was found that the attacker was an illegal immigrant, the focus shifted to President Biden’s horrific border policies and if it weren’t for these policies, then this girl never would have been attacked. They completely buried their gross inaccuracies. Speaking of gross inaccuracies …
Whenever I hear a conservative politician talk about science, especially their perception of scientific reality, it’s like watching the Insane Clown Posse figure out how magnets work; they are totally lost. The best example comes from former Republican Missouri Representative Todd Akin when he was asked about rape and the potential for conception resulting from that horrific crime during a TV interview. Speaking to Charles Jaco on the Jaco Report on St. Louis’s Fox station, Akin was answering a question about allowing abortions in the case of rape. He said, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Good job Todd, a 2-for-1! Not only were you able to victim-shame by questioning the rape itself, but you fully illustrated the common Republican denominator when it comes to science; you have no idea what you are talking about.
The scientific reality shows that the act of rape most definitely can produce children. And not just any children, but future rapists. A 2015 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, analyzed data from 21,566 male sex offenders convicted in Sweden between 1973 and 2009 concluded that genetics may account for roughly 40% of the likelihood of committing a sex crime. Women, who commit less than 1% of Sweden's sexual offenses, were omitted from the analysis. Also, based on their analyses, the researchers concluded that a shared environment accounted for just 2% of the risk of a sexual offense, while genetics accounted for roughly 40%. Given that per the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN) there are 463,634 victims (aged 12 or older) of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States, if those result in pregnancy, that’s the potential of over 175,000 new rapists being born per year in America using the 40% model. Once again, the Republican leaders have opted for talking points over facts.
Yet, for all this hyperbolic-filled non-reality, it seems that the conservative constituents aren’t buying into the leadership’s lies. And it seems the people of the ever-red state of Kansas isn’t going to stand for this nonsense.
In August 2022, Kansas voters rejected a state Constitutional Amendment that would have said there was no right to an abortion in the state, according to The Associated Press. The results were clear: the proposed Amendment was struck down with 59% of the vote. Kansas For Constitutional Freedom, the main abortion rights group opposing the amendment, called the victory "huge and decisive." "The people of Kansas have spoken," said Rachel Sweet, campaign manager for the group. "They think that abortion should be safe, legal, and accessible in the state of Kansas." This vote in Kansas also doesn’t appear to be an anomaly. A New York Times report showed that if the blood-red Kansas voters are going one way, we can glean knowledge as to how the rest of the nation will go. The report showed that the Kansas vote implies that around 65% of voters nationwide would reject a similar initiative to roll back abortion rights, including in more than 40 of the 50 states (a few states on each side are very close to 50-50). This is a rough estimate, based on how demographic characteristics predicted the results of recent abortion referendums. But it is an evidence-based way of arriving at a fairly obvious conclusion: If abortion rights win 59% support in Kansas, it’s doing even better than that nationwide.
So, when science and reality find your viewpoint to be incredibly false, where do you turn to next?
When it was announced that Roe was overturned, many conservatives either hopped on their social media accounts or hit up the press to praise the name of God for allowing this overturning to occur. After the overturning, alleged former sex worker (and current Colorado Republican Representative) Lauren Boebert posted thanks on Twitter for the decision handed out by the highest court in the land. "LIFE WINS! Glory to God," she wrote. Texas attorney general Ken Paxton relished the Roe decision, similarly invoking his religion. "Scotus just overruled Roe and Casey, ending one of the most morally and legally corrupt eras in US history. Praise the Lord.” “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice in it and be glad. Today, along with millions across Louisiana and America, I rejoice with my departed Mom and the unborn children with her in Heaven!” said Louisiana’s attorney general, Jeff Landry, in an official statement. It's important to note that Republicans typically only invoke the wishes of God via the Bible only when it works for them. I mean, a vast majority of the party threw their support behind Donald Trump—a man we know for a fact has broken at LEAST three of the 10 Commandments. However, the truths of the Bible are clear: God fully supports a child being produced from either rape or incest.
When I wrote in the first section of this piece that it may appear I’m using shock tactics to prove my point, these comments about God are what I am referring to. Many will say that I am trying to be offensive and belittle the Christian tenets of faith to get clicks. However, when you examine the Holy Bible as the infallible word of God, you’ll find I’m not wrong.
When it comes to incest, and the pregnancy that can result from such a thing, God is all thumbs-up. To realize this, all you need to do is look at Genesis Chapter 19 and the story of Lot. Most people have a passing familiarity with the tale because it is the one where Lot’s wife looks back at the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah and turns into a pillar of salt. But disgustingly, there’s a lot more to this tale that most people don’t know about. In this story, Lot is saved from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah by God’s warnings. Lot then left the city with his wife and two daughters. It’s at this point of their escape that Lot’s wife turns around and is now gone. The section after her turning to salt is where we find the most nausea-inducing, and often overlooked, properties of this narrative. Once Lot and his daughters had successfully fled (eventually finding refuge in the mountains outside of Zoar), the daughters get drunk with dad, have sex with him, and become pregnant. Keep in mind that all this is done while God doesn’t even bat an eye. That last statement is crucial; Lot received no punishment for this. At that time, God was a very wrathful God and once killed the entire planet because he was displeased. It was made abundantly clear that if God was angry at someone, he would destroy their lives. If God is omnipotent and knows everything (past, present, future, etc.), then he fully knew that if he saved Lot, Lot would perform this indiscretion. But, God saved him anyway to allow for the act to occur, and then refused punishment after the daughters became pregnant.
As far as rape is concerned, we find in Deuteronomy 22:28-29 that God will not punish a rapist (so long as the rapist pays the victim’s father 50 pieces of silver and marries her … since you know, women are nothing more than property).
Given this knowledge, it’s no wonder that the “moral majority” and political leaders of the Republican party have absolutely no problems when it comes to stopping abortions in the cause of rape or incest as they both have been ordained by God.
It sickens me to think we live in a world where women are seen as nothing more than birthing vessels, or worse, as property. However, the overwhelmingly unpopular overturning of Roe has shown that we as a society have elected leaders who are more than comfortable with adopting this attitude. From the statistical analysis above, it’s clear that without Roe (or at least having the rape and incest exceptions allowed) we are primed to have an explosion of potential new rapists being born over the next 10 to 15 years. Once those children born from rape become of age, then sadly I fear America will most definitely be number one … in per capita rape cases.
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