Target: West Virginia State Delegate Brian Kurcaba
Goal: Apologize for asserting that rape that results in pregnancy is beautiful.
Rape that results in pregnancy is beautiful, according to West Virginia State Delegate Brian Kurcaba. His comments came after a public hearing on a bill that would ban abortion after 20 weeks and provide no exemptions for pregnancies resulting from rape. Despite the public outcry that followed his ignorant and insensitive statement, Kurcaba issued a halfhearted non-apology in response. Clearly, Kurcaba does not understand that there is nothing beautiful about rape except the victim’s choice to carry a pregnancy to term. Demand that Kurcaba stop his quasi-moral browbeating and respect the rights of rape victims to make their own decisions.
When it comes to rape, Kurcaba concedes that the offense is “horrible,” “terrifying,” “brutal,” and “disgusting.” Yet there is one beautiful aspect to it, he argues, and that is “the child that could come as a production of this.” In reaching this conclusion, Kurcaba overlooks an important detail: the victim’s wishes.
A victim who freely decides to carry a pregnancy resulting from rape to term is doing something incredibly brave: looking at violence and pain in its face and choosing a path of love. There is no doubt that her choice, and the child that results, is beautiful. But women who do not have the heroic courage necessary to bear a rapist’s child should not be chastised for this limitation, and they should certainly not be deprived of the choice to make such a important decision for themselves.
Kurcaba denigrates rape victims and women everywhere by claiming that rape, in any circumstances, can be beautiful. Trying to take away their right to choose by appealing to the innocent children of rape is emotionally manipulative and grossly insensitive to those victims facing what is likely the hardest decision of their lives. Sign the petition below to tell Kurcaba that his comments are shameful and demand that he issue a genuine apology for using underhanded tactics to take away women’s rights.
Dear State Delegate Kurcaba,
I am writing you today regarding comments you made about rape following a hearing on House Bill 2568, which would ban abortions after 20 weeks without providing an exemption for victims of rape. Your comments and subsequent non-apology were both unscrupulous and shockingly insensitive to rape victims facing the added trauma of pregnancy.
A victim who decides, of her own free will, to carry a rape-induced pregnancy to term is doing something beautiful, and the child that results is certainly beautiful as well. But attempting to strip women of their right to make that decision for themselves is not beautiful, and using emotional manipulation to cloud the issue is downright ugly.
Your comments and conduct have been appallingly callous. When you appeal to the sanctity of life without acknowledging a victim’s role in bringing about that life, you are irresponsibly muddying the debate surrounding women’s right to abortion. By claiming that rape can lead to something beautiful while simultaneously trying to remove the very feature that can make it beautiful — the victim’s choice — you disrespect women and rape victims everywhere. We demand that you stop relying on a twisted sense of morality to deprive women of their right to choose and issue a genuine apology for your comments.
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