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posted by [personal profile] dglenn at 05:24am on 2012-10-28

From the middle of professor Melissa Harris-Perry's open letter [text and video] to Republican/Tea Party nominee for US Senator from Indiana, Richard Mourdock, 2012-10-27:

I am descended from American slaves. I have foremothers who found themselves pregnant with children whose birth increased the wealth of the very man who enslaved and raped them. Somehow, through the angst and misery of that experience some of those women found a way to love and embrace the children they bore from rape. So I do not doubt the compassion or judge the choice of a survivor who carries a rape pregnancy to term.

But the whole point is choice. Consent. You see, Mr. Mourdock, the violation of rape is more than physical. Rapists strip women of our right to choose, of our right to say no, of our right to control what is happening to our bodies. Most assailants tell us it is our fault. They tell us to be silent. Sometimes they even tell us it's God's will. That is the core violation of rape -- it takes away choice.

Richard, you believe it is fine to ignore a women's right to choose because of your interpretation of divinity. Sound familiar?"

[More powerful in context -- go read and/or listen to the whole thing.]

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