Republicans downplay rape in a misguided effort to curb access to a woman's right to choose.

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Todd Akin Akin: abortion "easily trumps slavery as the greatest moral evil in American history" July 10, 2014

George Will George Will Stands By His Incendiary Sexual Assault Column June 20, 2014

George Will Wash. Post's George Will: Sexual Assault Victim Is Now A "Coveted Status" June 8, 2014

MO State Sen. Sater doubles down on comments that rape victims agree to pregnancy if Plan B turned down March 8, 2014

MO State Sen. Senior lawmaker: women make conscious decision "not to get the 'Plan B'" March 7, 2014

Lila Rose Pro-lifer on Crossfire: abortion doesn't "unrape" a woman January 22, 2014

VA State Sen. GOP Congressional Candidate: Spousal Rape Shouldn't Be a Crime January 15, 2014

Right to Life of Michigan Michigan Lawmakers Considering Abortion Bill That Would Force Women To Buy 'Rape Insurance' December 4, 2013

County (PA) GOP Chair Top State GOP Official Accused of Drugging, Raping Coworker November 27, 2013

Rush Limbaugh Limbaugh: Changing Filibuster Like Changing Men-Can't-Rape Rule November 22, 2013

NE State Sen. Nebraska Gubernatorial Candidate Blames Rape Of 93-Year-Old Woman On Undocumented Immigration August 2, 2013

MO State Sen. Brian Nieves, GOP State Senator: Abortions To Save Mother's Life Are 'A Matter Of Convenience' July 20, 2013

TX State Sen. GOP on blocking exemption for rape, incest: testimony amounted to people "making bad choices" and then "walk away from bad choices" July 11, 2013

TX State Rep. Laubenberg: "In the emergency room they have what's called rape kits where a woman can get cleaned out." June 24, 2013

Paul LePage Maine Governor Denounces Democratic Budget Using Anal Rape Joke June 20, 2013

Trent Franks GOP congressman: Rate of pregnancies from rape is ‘very low’ June 12, 2013

Saxby Chambliss Gee Whiz, Saxby Chambliss Actually Said 'Hormones' Turn Troops into Rapists June 4, 2013

John McCain John McCain: Women should avoid military service until sexual misconduct crisis solved June 4, 2013

Barbara Listing Anti-Choice Leader: Rape Is Like A Car Accident, So Women Should Buy ‘Extra Insurance’ For Abortion May 22, 2013

Brad Blakeman Fox News guest: Obama ‘encouraging’ statutory rape by supporting birth control May 3, 2013

TN State Rep. Tennessee Republican attacks ‘disgusting’ Humane Society over ‘tape and rape’ April 29, 2013

IL State Rep. Tom Morrison, Illinois State Rep, Compares Gay Marriage To Polygamy, Statutory Rape In E-mail April 12, 2013

Steven Crowder Steven Crowder: 'What Is This Obsession With Ashley Judd And Rape?' March 16, 2013

Phil Gingrey Gingrey: "Whereas Todd said the panic would cause a body to shut down, more recent data suggests just the opposite is probably true” March 11, 2013

Celeste Greig Leader of California Republican group steps into rape pregnancy controversy March 1, 2013

IA State Rep. Bill would define abortion as murder with no exceptions for rape, incest or to protect the life of the mother February 7, 2013

Steve King King tells radio host he would not disavow Akin's "legitimate rape" comment, claims he "knows nothing" of Akin's "theory" February 6, 2013

Personhood USA One of the country's most extreme anti-abortion groups is encouraging Republican politicians to keep talking about rape January 29, 2013

NM State Rep. New Mexico Bill Would Criminalize Abortions After Rape As 'Tampering With Evidence' January 23, 2013

Paul Ryan Paul Ryan Once Again Sponsors the Bill That Would Make It Possible for Women’s Rapists to Sue Them January 11, 2013

Phil Gingrey GOP Rep: Todd Akin ‘Partly Right’ On Legitimate Rape January 10, 2013

Charles Krauthammer Charles Krauthammer: Larger Sandy Relief Bill Was 'Rape Of The Treasury' January 5, 2013

Eric Cantor Cantor: Rape is less heinous to some women December 14, 2012

Michael Graham FOX News guest: OFA wanted to convince voters Romney would put women in “rape camps" November 8, 2012

Todd Akin Todd Akin Campaign Features Rape Victim In Ad Targeting Women November 1, 2012

John Koster Candidate says "rape thing" not cause for abortion October 31, 2012

Newt Gingrich Gingrich Defends Mourdock’s Rape Comments, Advising Women To ‘Get Over It’ October 28, 2012

KS State Sen. Steve Fitzgerald, Kansas 5th District hopeful, jokes about domestic violence October 26, 2012

Ron Christie Ron Christie on The Ed Show: women's issues, and particularly rape, are "small ball" October 25, 2012

Richard Mourdock Republican Senate Candidate: Conception From Rape ‘Is Something That God Intended’ October 23, 2012

Linda McMahon Linda McMahon invents a new kind of rape: 'emergency rape' October 17, 2012

PA House GOP Pennsylvania Bill Would Reduce Welfare Benefits For Women Who Cannot Prove They Were Raped October 17, 2012

WI State Rep. Rep. Roger Rivard criticized for 'some girls rape easy' remark October 10, 2012

Rick Berg Rick Berg to pregnant women as a result of rape: don't know what to tell you other than you're having this baby October 10, 2010

Roscoe Bartlett Maryland Congressman Says ‘Few Pregnancies’ Result From Rape August 30, 2012

Republican Platform GOP Platform: Abortion Ban Approved By Republicans In Tampa, In All Cases August 28, 2012

Paul Ryan Paul Ryan: Rape Just Another Method Of Conception August 27, 2012

Tom Smith Tom Smith, GOP Senate Candidate: Pregnancy From Rape Similar To 'Having A Baby Out Of Wedlock' August 27, 2012

Paul Ryan Paul Ryan Is ‘Very Proud’ Of ‘Forcible Rape’ Bill He Co-Sponsored With Todd Akin August 23, 2012

Steve King Rep. Steve King: I’ve Never Heard Of A Girl Getting Pregnant From Statutory Rape Or Incest August 21, 2012

Sharon Barnes GOP official says God chooses to bless raped women with pregnancy August 21, 2012

Todd Akin Republican Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Don’t Get Pregnant August 19, 2012

Nikki Haley Haley Blasted for Calling Rape Crisis Centers 'Special Interests' July 17, 2012

Nikki Haley Nikki Haley Calls Battered And Raped Women ‘Distractions,’ Vetoes Legislation July 10, 2012

IN State Rep. Indiana Republican: Women May Fake Rape To Get An Abortion March 31, 2012

PA State Rep. Rape victims to report the crime within 72 hours in order to receive an abortion March 29, 2012

ID State Sen. Silly Ladies Don’t Know What Rape Is, Suggests Idaho Legislator March 20, 2012

Ron Paul Ron Paul Generously Offers Victims of ‘Honest Rape’ the Right to Abortion February 6, 2012

Rick Santorum Rape victims should 'make the best of a bad situation' if they get pregnant and give birth to the 'gift from God' January 24, 2012

MA State Rep. Massachusetts Republican: Undocumented Immigrant Rape Victims ‘Should Be Afraid To Come Forward’ June 9, 2011

KS State Sen. Rep. Pete DeGraaf: Being Impregnated During a Rape Is Just Like Getting a Flat Tire May 24, 2011

House GOP GOP Bill Would Force IRS to Conduct Abortion Audits March 18, 2011

FL State Rep. Republican lawmaker blames 11-year-old victim of alleged gang rape March 16, 2011

GA State Rep. Georgia Republican’s bill would reclassify rape victims as ‘accusers’ February 5, 2011

House GOP The House GOP's Plan to Redefine Rape January 28, 2011

Nathan Deal Deal targeted Rape Shield October 15, 2010

Ken Buck Buck Accuses Rape Victim of Just Having "Buyer's Remorse" October 11, 2010

Sharron Angle Sharron Angle's Advice For Rape Victims Considering Abortion: Turn Lemons Into Lemonade July 8, 2010

Dennis Nolan Republican Senator blames 16-year-old rape victim June 6, 2010

Senate GOP Meet The Senators Who Voted Against The Franken Amendment March 18, 2010

KS State Rep. Kansas lawmaker compares rape to auto theft February 18, 2010

Scott Brown Why Does Republican Senate Candidate Scott Brown Hate Rape Victims? January 13, 2010

Dennis Prager McConnell fundraiser: Wives owe their husbands sex even if they're not in the mood December 23, 2008

Sam Brownback Brownback Questions Abortion for Rape Victims in Speech to Catholic Men's Conference June 10, 2007

Kerry Healey Exploiting female voters’ fear of rape October 20, 2006

SD State Rep. ‘Rape and incest’ is a buzzword April 20, 2006

SD State Rep. Napoli: "religious virgin" "brutally and savagely raped, murdered" rant March 5, 2006

UT Sen. GOP Senate: Incestuous dad knows best February 28, 2006

Bill Owens Republicans united behind Gov. Bill Owens to make sure his "emergency contraception for rape" veto stood May 3, 2005

AZ State Rep. Arizona Republicans in favor of spousal rape March 11, 2005

Grover Norquist Norquist: "Bipartisanship is another name for date rape" December 15, 2003

VA State Del. What Is It With Loudoun Republicans?!? Dick Black on Spousal Rape, "Nighties" February 7, 2002

Fay Boozman Candidate: rare for women to get pregnant during rape because their fear triggered hormonal changes that blocked conception October 29, 1998

Dan Webster Webster has said that he opposes abortion in all cases, including cases of rape or incest November 17, 1996

Henry Aldridge Lawmaker Says Rape Can't Cause Pregnancy April 21, 1995

Todd Akin Akin voted for an anti-marital-rape law, questioned use “in a real messy divorce as a tool and a legal weapon to beat up on the husband” May 1, 1991

ME House Rep. GOPer: "If a woman has (the right to abortion), why shouldn't a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist's pursuit of sexual freedom doesn't (in most cases) result in anyone's death" October 4, 1990

Clayton Williams Texas Candidate's Comment About Rape Causes a Furor March 26, 1990

Bobby Knight Knight: "I think that if rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it" April 25, 1988

PA State Rep. Freind's Rape-pregnancy Theory Refuted March 23, 1988

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