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Idaho Senator Apologizes for Rape Remark, Then Suggests Women Get “Rape Test” to Tell Them If They’ve Been Raped

Robin Marty

Oh, Chuck Winder, you need to stop trying to talk about medical procedures...

Earlier today, Idaho Senator and double ultrasound bill sponsor Chuck Winder suggested that women with “rape issues” might lie to receive abortions.  Now, in the middle of a firestorm of outrage over his comments, Winder has apologize, saying he “never meant to question victims’ truthfulness.”

Then he suggested he just meant women should talk to their doctors about getting a “test” to see if they were raped when they got pregnant.

Via The Associated Press:

Winder said he was pointing out that a woman would likely want to consult with her physician and perform tests to determine if the child she was carrying was a product of a rape, so as not to allow doctors to abort a consensual conception.

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“I used a married woman, the idea being that as a woman or a couple, whether they be married or unmarried at the time, would want to find out if the pregnancy occurred as the product of the rape, or whether the pregnancy was unknown at the time,” Winder told The Associated Press. “There was never any intention on my part to question the honesty of a woman in cases of rape.”

A “rape” test? Are we looking at another procedure that politicians believe exist, much like the “20-week viability test?

Does a woman need a test to prove to her that she has been raped?

Senator Winder, please leave medicine to doctors and stop trying to legislate health care.

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