As we continue our review of what we heard from the far right in 2012, check out more outrageous notions about abortion, birth control and sex. You can read more quotes from 2012 and previous years here.
“Republicans being against sex is not good. Sex is popular.”
— Alex Castellanos, a GOP strategist, on his party’s war on birth control
“You can’t make anybody watch, okay? Because you just have to close your eyes. As long as it’s on the exterior and not the interior.”
— Republican Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, dismissing concerns about proposed legislation in his state that would require a transvaginal ultrasound for a woman seeking an abortion. Texas has a similar law on its books.
“I don’t think anybody is against providing health care for women. What we’re opposed to are abortions. Planned Parenthood is the main organization that does abortions, so we kind of blend being anti-abortion with being anti-Planned Parenthood.”
— Texas state Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, admitting that abortion politics are behind restrictions on funding for the Medicaid Women’s Health Program
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With 2012 winding down, it’s time for our annual review of what we heard from the far right over the past year. We’ll roll those out over the next week or so. Among the most outrageous quotes were those from politicians and activists who had some pretty outdated and incredibly offensive to say about rape — mostly bizarre justifications for draconian limits on access to abortion. That’s where we’ll start today. You can read quotes from previous years here.
“I just struggled with it myself for a long time but I came to realize: Life is that gift from God that I think even if life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”
— Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock, suggesting that pregnancies occurring from rape are the result of God’s will
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
As our review of what we heard from the right in 2011 comes to an end, here are some last random snippets of nuttiness and extremism. Read more quotes from the far right in 2011 here.
“Right now there are six true conservative Christians on the board, so we have to fight for two votes. In previous years, we had to fight for one vote to get a majority.”
– Barbara Cargill, shortly after her appointment as chair of the Texas State Board of Education, discussing the political landscape of the state board. Fellow Republicans who apparently didn’t meet Cargill’s definition of “conservative Christians” were – no surprise – offended. Houston Chronicle, July 18, 2011
“The latest rumor I hear, and I don’t know if this is true or not, is that he’s used about 25 different Social Security numbers … YouTubes are infallible.”
– Texas State Rep. Leo Berman, R-Tyler, casting doubts on President Obama’s citizenship and citing one of the Internet sources for his doubts. Texas Tribune, February 28, 2011
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As we continue our review at what we heard from the right in 2011, here are some random snippets of nuttiness and extremism. Read more quotes from the far right in 2011 here.
“If you are a socialist liberal and/or voted for the current campaigner in chief, please do not take this class. You have already proven that you cannot make a knowledgeable and prudent decision as under the law. If you are a non-Christian Arab or Muslim, I will not teach you the class with no shame; I am Crockett Keller, thank you and God bless America.”
– Crockett Keller, a store owner in Mason, Texas, in a radio ad offering a concealed handgun training course but not to anyone who is a supporter of President Obama or a Muslim. KVUE TV (Austin), October 27, 2011
“The flip side of Obama’s ’empathy’ is apparent hatred and contempt for white people, traditional families, small business owners, evangelical Christians, conservatives, and everyone else that liberals call the ‘racist, heterosexist, nativist, Christianist, capitalist, homophobic power structure’ in America. In other words, what most of us call normal people.”
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The right in 2011 continued to pursue a dangerous political agenda that undermines women’s health and reproductive rights. Even access to contraception has become a political battleground. Read more quotes from the far right in 2011 here.
“Of course it’s a war on birth control, abortion, everything — that’s what family planning is supposed to be about.””
– Texas state Rep. Wayne Christian, R-Center, discussing his support for a raft of legislation in Texas this year limiting access by women to reproductive health services. TFN Insider, May 29, 2011 (Video clip from Texas Tribune; full video here)
“We’ve had a lot of input from our constituents about the budget this time, about the number of cuts that we’re doing. So I’m going to have to draw the line at this point and say no more cuts.”
– Texas state Rep. Sid Miller, R-Stephenville, making a joke in his argument against an amendment to a bill requiring women seeking an abortion to undergo a sonogram and a doctor to describe the image of the fetus to the woman. The amendment would have allowed a woman who decided against an abortion, after getting the required sonogram,… Read More