Spanish conservative defends rape

This video from England is called SlutWalk London: Rape Survivors Speak Out.

Recently, there were politicians in the USA and in the Netherlands talking about “legitimate rape” and saying that raped women don’t get pregnant.

But before that, in 1990, there was already another US politician with similar views.

In 2008, there was that politician of the neo-nazi British National Party defending rape.

Early in 2012, there was the ultra-conservative Roman Catholic archbishop in Spain advocating rape.

And now we have, according to the blog of Roque Planas:

Spanish Official: ‘Laws Are Like Women, They’re To Be Raped’

10/10/2012 1:26 pm EDT

A Spanish government official is drawing international fire for using some violently machista language.

José Manuel Castelao Bragaño, who until Friday served as chief of the government agency that assists Spaniards living abroad, resigned from his post last week after saying at a meeting “las leyes son como las mujeres, están para violarlas.”

Translated literally, the phrase reads: “Laws are like women, they’re there to be raped.” The word “violar” means both “rape” and “violate” in Spanish. Castelao’s expression played off the double meaning.

Castelao, 71, who previously served as a conservative deputy in the provincial legislature in Galicia, told the Spanish daily El País that he’s resigning for personal reasons that have nothing to do with his comments.

He served as president of the General Council of Spanish Citizens Abroad for less than one week.

Last Tuesday, Castelao shared his thoughts on women, rape and the law during an official meeting of the General Council of Spanish Citizens Abroad. The group was voting on a proposal.

“No problem,” Castelao said, according to El País. “We’ve got nine votes? Put down 10 … Laws are like women, they’re there to be raped.”

For those in the room, Castelao’s remark was shocking. “It was an absurd and unfortunate phrase, and worse coming from him, the head of a government agency,” said Ana María Navarro, who sits on the Council, according to El País.

And now, back to the USA:

“Some girls rape easy”: Republican candidate Roger Rivard sparks outrage

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan has withdrawn his support for the representative.

Ellen Connolly

October 11, 2012 16:51

US Republican Richard Mourdock On Abortion: Pregnancy From Rape Is ‘Something God Intended’ [UPDATE]: here.

Richard Mourdock One Of At Least A Dozen GOP Senate Candidates Who Oppose Abortion For Rape Victims: here.

Spanish right-wing against anti-domestic violence law: here.


15 thoughts on “Spanish conservative defends rape

  1. If a woman is raped, should the government force her to bear her rapist’s child? Richard Mourdock (R-IN) says yes.

    Mitt Romney just released TV ads endorsing Mourdock, and refuses to cancel them. He’s ignoring demands from women’s groups and questions from reporters.

    Tell Mitt Romney: Withdraw your endorsement of Mourdock because no part of rape is “a gift from God.”

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    Tell Mitt Romney: Withdraw your endorsement of Mourdock because no part of rape is “a gift from God”

    Dear Bob,

    Mitt Romney has appeared in only one television ad endorsing a Republican candidate for Senate. And this week Mitt Romney’s favorite Senate candidate, Richard Mourdock, claimed that raped women should be forced to carry their rapist’s baby to term because their pregnancy — a result of rape — is a “gift from God.”1

    Tell Mitt Romney: Withdraw your endorsement of Richard Mourdock. Rape is a heinous act of violence, and no politician should tell women that any part of being raped is a gift from God. Click here to sign the petition.

    Richard Mourdock is a Tea Party Republican who defeated incumbent Republican Senator Richard Lugar in a surprise upset in Indiana’s primary election for U.S. Senate. He is currently in a dead heat with the Democratic opponent — the latest polls are within the margin of error.2

    Mitt Romney is attempting to play Mourdock’s statement both ways — by saying he disagrees with it to avoid offending women voters and by refusing to withdraw his endorsement to appease his Tea Party base. The official statement from his campaign reads: “We disagree on the policy regarding exceptions for rape and incest but still support him.” If enough of us speak out, we can turn Mourdock’s remark into a “Todd Akin” moment and ensure the voters confront just how extreme both Mourdock and Romney are when it comes to women.

    Tell Mitt Romney: Withdraw your endorsement of Richard Mourdock. Rape is a heinous act of violence, and no politician should tell women that any part of being raped is a gift from God. Click here to sign the petition.

    Mourdock is a staunch believer that abortion should be illegal even for victims of rape and incest. But even for an anti-abortion Tea Party Republican, claiming that any part of of being raped is for the woman a “gift from God” is appalling.

    Make no mistake: Tea Party Republicans like Mourdock and Romney will stop at nothing to send women back to the Stone Age. If Mourdock wins the election in Indiana, he will put Republicans one seat closer to control of the Senate. And that could mean that extreme anti-woman legislation passed readily in the House — defunding Planned Parenthood, redefining rape, blocking access to birth control — would now have a shot at passing the Senate. And if Romney wins the White House he will appoint Supreme Court justices with their sights on overturning Roe v. Wade.

    Rape is rape. It is not acceptable for a Republican politician campaigning for one of the highest offices in our government to tell women that if they get pregnant as a result of rape, that it’s a “gift from God.” And there’s no way for a Republican nominee for president to endorse such a candidate without legitimizing such comments. Mitt Romney can’t have it both ways. He needs to withdraw his endorsement of Mourdock or take responsibility for promoting the abhorrent political view that some part of rape is “a gift of God.”

    Thank you for standing up for women.

    Becky Bond, Political Director
    CREDO Action from Working Assets

    1. “GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Calls Rape Pregnancies A ‘Gift From God'”, The Hill, Oct. 23, 2012.
    2. “Donnelly internal poll shows narrow lead over Mourdock”, The Hill, Oct. 23, 2012.


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