I guess this is one way to explain why Republicans like Paul Ryan feel the need to draw a distinction between “forcible rape” and what rational people know simply as rape (emphasis added).
“Democrats have been accusing you of trying to redefine rape,” Fox News Channel host Bret Baier said to Ryan in an interview that aired Monday night. “You co-sponsored legislation seeking to distinguish between statutory and forcible rape. Why?”
“Well, look. All of these bills were bills to stop taxpayer financing of abortion,” Ryan said. “Most Americans agree with us, including pro-choice Americans, that we shouldn’t use hardworking taxpayer dollars to finance abortion. Rape is rape, period. This is language that was stock language used for lots of different bills – bills I didn’t author – and that language was removed, to be very clear, and I agree with that, removing that language so we are very clear. Rape is rape, period. End of story.”
I’m not sure what’s more disturbing: the fact that Republicans feel they need to define “forcible rape,” considering that rape is always forcible, or the fact that the term “forcible rape” is simply “stock language” that Republicans in many cases can’t be bothered to change.