There are many kinds of rape. Date rape, acquaintance rape, marital rape, familial rape, marital rape, stranger rape. Out of these, only one qualifies as actual rape to many conservatives: stranger rape. And even then, many on the right have parameters that must be met. The victim (for the sake of this article, a female victim) cannot be dressed in any way provocatively, have any alcohol in her system, or be anywhere considered "dodgy." The victim should, if possible, have visible injuries, and the rapist usually needs to have used a weapon of some sort.
If a rape falls outside the narrow understanding of many conservatives, it's not rape. For example, if a woman goes dancing with her friends, and leaves her beverage unattended, at which time a predator puts GHB or some other drug in said beverage, then stalks the woman back to her car or home and rapes her, that's not really rape, because the woman was A) at a bar, and B), drinking. And if the rape victim discovers she is pregnant, Texas Republican State Senator Donna Campbell wants to make it incredibly difficult for that woman to receive an abortion.
The Texas state senate introduced an amendment this past week, allowing exceptions for victims of rape and incest in a bill that outlaws insurance coverage for abortions. Campbell was having none of that, and argued against the exception. Donna Campbell instead presented her own proposal: force rape victims to report their rape to the police in order to prove it was an actual rape.
Donna Campbell's defense of her stance is confusing. She admits that women who are raped are victims, then goes on to say:
I feel we are helping to stop a perpetrator by reporting the assault or the incest. I believe if we broaden this amendment, we lose the opportunity to help protect and defend the woman who is the victim here. (source)Democratic State Senator Kirk Watson tried desperately to make Campbell understand the truth about her proposal, saying:
Would you agree with me that there are instances where a woman could be raped, and because she fears for her life otherwise, would not want to report that to law enforcement officials? Can you conceive of that situation?Campbell claimed she could, then began speaking about a "slippery slope," and that this was an "insurance bill." Watson countered with a hypothetical situation involving a woman who is the victim of incest and becomes pregnant. He asked Campbell if she could conceive that this woman might not want to report her rape to law enforcement, because of the "fear of retaliation." Campbell responded:
Are you really asking that, uh, instead of encouraging that sit...that hypothetical situation from moving into a protection for her under...by law enforcement, we're saying let's cover that violation with an insurance payment...when she gets the abortion, I would, I would question are we empowering the perpetrator because now, out of a coercion, her fear that she gets an abortion, it's paid for by an insurance company, and then it may happen to her again.State Senator Campbell then spoke about how, if a rape is reported to law enforcement, "we have something measurable."
In other words, the only rapes that count are one that are reported to the police. If your husband rapes you, and you become pregnant, but you cannot go to the authorities because your husband will kill you, Donna Campbell doesn't think the insurance you already pay for should cover an abortion. If you were impregnated during a rape by your father, brother, or another male relative, and telling the police would almost guarantee horrific repercussions, Donna Campbell does not think insurance should cover an abortion.
However, if you are dressed modestly, and walking to your car after Bible class, and a large man in a ski mask jumps you, drags you into an alley, beats and rapes you, and you were a virgin prior to the attack, and you manage to stagger into the emergency room, where they perform a rape kit that may or may not be tested this year, and the police are called, and they treat you like an actual victim instead of asking what you were doing in that neighborhood, or where your husband was thus encouraging you to report your rape, THEN Donna Campbell thinks your abortion should be covered by insurance.
Rape is rape, unless you're a conservative. Watch the video of Donna Campbell and Kirk Watson's debate below, from Raw Story.