Sharron Angle is running for the Senate in Nevada. She’s a Republican. She’s a Christian. She follows in the feminism of Sarah Palin (And to be fair and balanced, here are conservative takes on Palin’s feminism). And Angle’s crazy in a scary kind of way. And anyone who cares about women should be hoping that she will not win her seat. Because then the woman whose voice is in this embedded video will be making major legislation decisions for you and yours, and me and mine.
Transcript (borrowed from Feministing):
MANDERS: I too am pro-life, but I’m also pro-choice. Do you understand what I say when I mean that?
ANGLE: Well, I’m pro responsible choice. There’s choice to abstain, choice to use contraceptives … there’s all kinds of good choice…
MANDERS: Is there any reason at all for an abortion?
ANGLE: Not in my book.
MANDERS: So, in other words, rape and incest would not be something?
ANGLE: You know, I’m a Christian, and I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.
Shakesville, your up:
Yes, making laws to ensure no one interferes with “God’s plan” is a terrific idea. I eagerly await Candidate Angle’s proposal to criminalize hospitals and medicine.
And now Feministing:
She also apparently thinks that if you’re raped by your father and want to have an abortion, you have to “have a little faith” and accept that it was part of God’s plan. […]
There’s nothing more heinous to me than people who use “God’s will” as a means to propagate their oppressive views. This woman cannot, I repeat, cannot win this Senate seat.
And just so we are all clear, she has full-on supporters who think that what she said is okay.
From NewsRealBlog, “Leftist Media Distorts Abortion Comments Of Harry Reid Rival Sharron Angle”
Author PAUL Cooper tells us,
Angle gives what I would consider to be a basic pro-life response. I am very active in the pro-life movement and find nothing shocking or newsworthy in her statement. People who are fully pro-life typically believe that every life is a gift of God. We are against abortion for that very reason. Every unborn child is a life and deserves what our founders say we all deserved: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. These are God-given rights according to The Declaration of Independence.
Of course. Yes. The founders. The Declaration. Yes. Those torch-bearers for women’s rights, who lived at a time when the crime of rape was barely a crime and not in the way we understand it today (Please read paragraphs two and three of this review of Block’s book, a book I can tell you, as a gender and women’s historian of early America, is well respected and is the book on sexual assault in the 17th and 18th centuries) Hell, a husband could legally rape his wife in some part of the US up until 1993, since, you know, they were married and she belonged to him and all that – and spousal rape is still not considered as bad a “regular” stranger rape. Can we all agree to stop pretending that the 1787 “Founders” understood the world in the exact same way that we do, especially when it comes to women (and, of course, any non-white people)? That’s a convenient argument for white, privileged men because the “Founders” were white, privileged men who thought that only white, landed men had the reason and ability to participate as citizens in this nation.
And according to Cooper, Huffington Post’s write-up distorts Angle’s point:
They worded the short article to make it sound like Angle believes the rape and incest was what God wanted. The blog is trying to make something benign sound shocking to scare voters. Angle was not saying those things are God’s plan, but that God intercedes in bad circumstances to bring beauty from ashes. A beautiful life can come out of an ugly and despicable crime.
It is as if there is no rape victim here. That woman, that supposed daughter, sister, niece is completely and totally absent from this understanding of “God’s plan” that ends in something “beautiful.” These people who care so much for the fetus can barely mention or acknowledge the presence of the raped woman. That’s what you have to do to justify your position if your position is that a raped woman cannot decide what is best for her, her body, and her future after she has been raped.
In the end, Cooper’s claim that “Angle is clearly pro-life, but she is not claiming God wants incest or people to be raped” just doesn’t make sense. Because she says (and I quote from above), “I believe that God has a plan and a purpose for each one of our lives and that he can intercede in all kinds of situations and we need to have a little faith in many things.” So, as much as that “plan and purpose” can refer to the child who is created during a rape, it can just as well refer to the woman who is being raped and impregnated by a rapist. I don’t think there’s ambivalence there, though. I think Angle means both at once. If you are raped, it was part of a plan. If you are impregnated by the rapist, that’s God’s plan, too. Just have faith. Just a little.
Let’s hope that God’s plan is for Harry Reid to maintain his seat.