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Scott Walker, rape apologist

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The Wisconsin governor holds rape victims in contempt

Recently Scott Walker, who hasn’t formally announced but is clearly toying with a presidential run, has thrown in some dumb rape comments. When asked to justify his apparent support for a 20-week ban on abortion with no exceptions for rape, Walker gave a big ol’ shrug to show how little he cared about this issue and said, “I mean, I think for most people who are concerned about that, it’s in the initial months where they’re most concerned about it.” The implication was clear: Rape victims who need abortions after 20 weeks must be lazy or stupid, but whatever they are, they are undeserving of compassion.

Walker’s hateful insinuation about rape victims isn’t true, of course. Rape victims may find themselves aborting after 20 weeks because of legal obstacles, financial problems or just plain inability to recognize pregnancy symptoms because of trauma.

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