Democracy Now: Pennsylvania GOP Senate Candidate: Out-of-Wedlock Pregnancies Akin to Rape


Another Republican politician is making headlines for an offensive comment about rape following the controversy around Missouri Senate hopeful Todd Akin earlier this month. In an exchange with reporters, Tom Smith, the Republican seeking to unseat Pennsylvania Democratic Senator Bob Casey, said having a child out of wedlock is akin to rape.

Reporter: “How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, became a victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Is that something that you would — do you have a way to explain that?”

Tom Smith: “I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to — she chose the way I thought. Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape. But she did” —

Reporter: “Similar how?”

Smith: “Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.”

Reporter: “That’s similar to rape?”

Smith: “No, no, no. But, well, put yourself in a father’s situation. Yes, I mean, it is similar. But, back to the original, I’m pro-life, period.”

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~ by wheresthemic on August 29, 2012.

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