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GOP hopeful: 'Rape thing' not cause for abortion

By Mike Baker

Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 03:37 p.m. HST, Oct 31, 2012

OLYMPIA, Wash. >> A Republican congressional candidate says abortion should not be legal, even when it involves "the rape thing," according to audio provided today to The Associated Press.

An activist working on behalf of liberal group FUSE Washington asked questions of Republican hopeful John Koster during a Sunday fundraiser. Koster said he does not oppose abortion when the life of the mother is in danger but then explains he would oppose it when it involves rape or incest.

Koster twice uses the phrase "the rape thing" when describing his views, first saying that he knows a woman who was raped and gave up the child for adoption without any regrets.

"But on the rape thing, it's like, how does putting more violence onto a woman's body and taking the life of an innocent child that's a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better?" Koster said in the exchange.

Koster's campaign manager Larry Stickney says the candidate has long been a proponent of dealing strongly with sex offenders. He noted that Koster worked in the state legislature on legislation to crack down on sex offenders and has daughters of his own.

"To imply that he's cavalier about the issue is preposterous," Stickney said.

Koster is locked in a competitive House race against Democrat Suzan DelBene.

Republicans have been beleaguered this year by comments about rape that some have deemed offensive. Rep. Todd Akin, R-Mo., who is challenging Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, said female bodies have ways fo avoiding pregnancy in cases of "legitimate rape."

More recently, Indiana GOP candidate Richard Mourdock has been criticized for saying that pregnancy resulting from rape is "God's will."

Collin Jergens, a spokesman at the advocacy group FUSE Washington, said one of the group's activists went to a Sunday fundraiser to ask Koster about the issue of abortion. Democrats have been trying to portray Koster as out of touch with the district — which stretches from areas east of Seattle to the border with Canada — and they have focused particularly on his stance on social issues.

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Anonymous wrote:
Another GoP dopeful, who has no clue as to what a woman goes thru, nor cares!
on October 31,2012 | 12:54PM
nitpikker wrote:
makes one wonder, how did sooo many republicans get elected???
on October 31,2012 | 01:01PM
loquaciousone wrote:
Republicans believe that this rape thing is god's will and females bodies have the mechanism to avoid pregnancy in the event of a legitimate rape thing so it should not be legal to have an abortion if a rape thing occurs because the woman's body will prevent her from becoming pregnant as long as the rape is legitimate?
on October 31,2012 | 01:09PM
walaau808 wrote:
God's will is also that we have a CHOICE in how we live our lives!
on October 31,2012 | 02:46PM
copperwire9 wrote:
So you believe that rape is a CHOICE on behalf of the person being raped? Seriously?
on October 31,2012 | 05:40PM
Jonas wrote:
I think he's saying that he's pro choice, and the woman should be able to choose whether to keep the baby or not. Am I right, walaau?
on October 31,2012 | 10:11PM
Rickyboy wrote:
Shoot first Aim later.
on October 31,2012 | 01:10PM
allie wrote:
Increasingly, Republicans are the party of ignorance and anti-Americanism.
on October 31,2012 | 02:50PM
Nocturnal wrote:
I wonder if his daughters were raped if he would feel the same way?
on October 31,2012 | 03:20PM
3ocean3000 wrote:
Heh heh....the rape thing. Lord help us.
on October 31,2012 | 04:59PM
Aquarius1 wrote:
What makes these Neanderthals think they can make a decision about women's bodies,especially when the woman has been violated? Push a baseball up their anus and see if they want it to pass naturally.
on October 31,2012 | 05:46PM
RichardCory wrote:
I took your advice and tried it out. Everything went better than expected.
on October 31,2012 | 06:55PM
Ipo_Mom wrote:
I wonder if he would feel the same way if that "rape thing" was endured by his wife, mother, or daugher....
on October 31,2012 | 09:04PM
NuuanuMama wrote:
These are all from Wikipedia: Todd Akin aparently doesn't believe in the seperation of church and state- He earned a Master of Divinity degree in 1984 from Covenant Theological Seminary where he studied Greek, Hebrew and a socially conservative interpretation of the Christian scriptures.[7] Instead of working in a church, he decided to make public service his ministry. Richard Mourdock is Mr. My Way or the Highway - In February 2012, Murdoch told the Conservative Political Action Conference(CPAC), that bipartisanship has nearly bankrupted the country, and that confrontation, not collegiality was needed.[61][62] In an interview on MSNBC in May 2012 Murdoch said, "bipartisanship ought to consist of Democrats coming to the Republican point of view...If [we win the House, Senate, and White House], bipartisanship means they have to come our way".[63] In the same interview he said "To me, the highlight of politics, frankly, is to inflict my opinion on someone else." Not much on Koster but he sounds like he is from the same goon squad. It should be a woman's choice as whether she wants to proceed with a pregnancy or not.
on November 1,2012 | 08:54AM
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