Anti-abortion Texas Lawmaker Apparently Thought Rape Was a Joking Matter

by Dan Quinn

Scott Braddock of the Austin-based online political website Quorum Report has come across a stunningly callous and offensive comment state Rep. Jonathan Stickland, R-Fort Worth, made some years back in an online forum:

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“Rape is non existent in marriage, take what you want my friend!”

Stickland, a hero of tea partiers and religious-righters, apparently made the shocking comment seven years ago in an online forum discussion about a guy whose wife wasn’t interested in performing a particular sexual act. His comment included a smiley face, suggesting he made it as a joke. Joke or not, the remark would appear to reinforce Stickland’s reputation as a politician with a callous disregard for women.

During the 2015 legislative session, he and other anti-abortion lawmakers posted “Former Fetus” signs on their office nameplates. Stickland also tried to pass a measure that would have banned abortion even in cases of severe fetal abnormalities, thus requiring a pregnant woman to carry a nonviable fetus to term. Earlier in the session he filed a bill that would have had Texas taxpayers reimburse employers fined for refusing to provide coverage for birth control in their employee health insurance plans.

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