I am sure you have heard of the “definition” of insanity routinely attributed to Einstein; “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.” If you have any experience with drug treatment, then you have heard that quote so many times that it probably induces vomiting. While I have my doubts that the quote actually comes from Einstein, and ignoring the fact that is an overly simplistic definition for such a broad term, it serves the purpose today of pointing out a major problem with the GOP.
Do you remember Todd Akin and his medical opinion that women had magical reproductive systems that could stop rape conception in its tracks?
How about Richard Mourdock and his belief that a rape victim conceiving was something that God intended?
Or Tom Smith comparing a pregnancy from rape to a child born out of wedlock?
All are members of the GOP. All are on the pro-life radical fringe. All were Senate candidates.
And all three lost. Badly. Two of the three in races the GOP should have won with little problem. (Tom Smith was more than likely going to lose in PA no matter what he said in a presidential election year.)
The nation is divided on the issue of abortion. But one lesson that I thought the GOP would learn from this election cycle is that no matter that division, the nation is not divided on access to abortion for rape victims., that when you start talking about forcing raped women to carry their rapists fetus to term, you are now far to the right of main street and committing political suicide.
But insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results.
And the GOP is insane.
So, from the HuffPo:
A Republican lawmaker in New Mexico introduced a bill on Wednesday that would legally require victims of rape to carry their pregnancies to term in order to use the fetus as evidence for a sexual assault trial.
House Bill 206, introduced by state Rep. Cathrynn Brown (R), would charge a rape victim who ended her pregnancy with a third-degree felony for “tampering with evidence.”
“Tampering with evidence shall include procuring or facilitating an abortion, or compelling or coercing another to obtain an abortion, of a fetus that is the result of criminal sexual penetration or incest with the intent to destroy evidence of the crime,” the bill says.
Of course, Rep. Brown insists that the purpose of the bill is to protect the victim:
Brown said in a statement Thursday that she introduced the bill with the goal of punishing the person who commits incest or rape and then procures or facilitates an abortion to destroy the evidence of the crime.
“New Mexico needs to strengthen its laws to deter sex offenders,” said Brown. “By adding this law in New Mexico, we can help to protect women across our state.”
If that is the goal of the bill, I fully expect her to withdraw the legislation and resubmit a redrafted bill that explicitly exempts the victim from prosecution under the law.
Until then, her protests aside, Rep. Brown is just another member of the GOP insanity brigade.