Republican Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner's bill to make abortions illegal after 20 weeks withstood a challenge last week by State Rep. Gail Riecken (D), who offered an amendment that would create an exemption for women who are victims of rape or incest. Turner rejected the proposed amendment, arguing that the exemption would be misused by women who want abortions, and the proposed amendment went down to defeat. Here's what Turner said in opposing it:
"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," he said.
State Rep. Linda Lawson (D) was outraged by Turner's suggestion. "Women don't make this up!" she reportedly said. "My Goodness! This is the state of Indiana!" Story here.
The progressive media had a conniption over the suggestion that women lie about rape. "It is by now beyond apparent that Republicans hate women," said a writer named Shaun Mullen, with the typical reserve and understatement of the left. "They believe women to be lying, deceitful and slutty drains on the economy because outside of a proper Christian marriage they have a proclivity for screwing and then demanding abortions on the federal or state dime. Oh, and they also don’t deserve decent health care."
Read carefully what Mr. Mullen says next about the Turner comment that women might lie about being raped: "These haters actually believe that a woman will falsely say that she was raped in a dark alley or knocked up by an uncle in order to get a free abortion. The perversity of this notion is . . . well, pornographic."
Mr. Mullen's righteous indignation would be comical if it weren't so wrong.
If Mr. Mullen thinks that lying about rape to get an abortion is so far out of the realm of possibility, he has no idea what he's talking about.
Women in the recent past have made false rape claims because the accuser’s boyfriend took too long to buy cigarettes; several women didn’t want to pay cab fares, so they accused innocent cab drivers of rape; a girl wanted to get back at her teen ex-boyfriend — her rape lie not only got him convicted, but two of his friends as well; a woman wanted to get back at her ex-boyfriend for breaking it off, so she falsely accused him of rape and candidly admitted: “I just wanted him to be hurt because of what he’d done”; a young woman wanted her young ex-boyfriend “to feel extreme pain”; a woman sent a man to prison for five years because she was bored; a woman was bent on revenge after a road rage incident; a man refused to give another false accuser a beer; a maid falsely accused her employer of rape because she didn’t like her workload; a girl falsely accused a man of rape for throwing a flower at her; a woman caused three men to be interrogated for rapes they didn’t commit because she wanted a day off from work; and an 18-year-year-old boy was hauled out of class, arrested, and jailed for a month on a random false rape claim by a girl he had never even met.
Spend a couple of weeks scrolling through the stories we've covered on this site and you'll see every one of them and a hell of a lot more. The fact is, women lie about rape for any or no reason at all. Sorry that this irrefutable fact doesn't fit your narrative, Mr. Mullen. I'm sure you'll find some other "fact" you can cite to get all indignant about.