The GOP rape advisory chart is a grim reminder for Republicans on one of the issues they've struggled with in the past -- and apparently continue to do so.
As a middle-of-the-road guy with a fiscally conservative background, I remember desperately wanting a new president in 2012 but then cringing every time a state-level Republican (and sometimes federal) would open their mouths about the topic of rape.
I had no doubt that they were speaking from a place of good intentions, but they certainly had trouble finding a way of expressing their beliefs without problems.
The GOP rape advisory chart created by Charles Gaba is proof. Here's a look at some of the more outlandish comments that have come from Republicans with strong pro-life beliefs, who nevertheless had difficulty sharing those beliefs in a manner that didn't make them sound like lunatics.
"When life begins with that horrible situation of rape, that is something that God intended to happen." -- Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock (IN)
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." -- Republican Congressman & Senate candidate Todd Akin MO)
"If you go down that road, some girls, they rape so easy." -- Republican State Representative Roger Rivard (WI)
"If it's inevitable (rape), just relax and enjoy it." -- Republican Gubernatorial candidate Clayton Williams (TX)
"There was an article about an 11-year-old girl who was gang raped in Texas by 18 young men because she was dressed like a 21-year-old prostitute. And her parents let her attend school like that. And I think it's incumbent upon us to create some areas where students can be safe in school and show up in proper attire so what happened in Texas doesn't happen to other students." -- Republican State Rep. Kathleen Passidomo (FL)
"The facts show that people who are raped -- who are truly raped -- the juices don't flow, the body functions don't work and they don't get pregnant. Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever." -- Republican State Rep. Henry Aldridge (NC)
"The odds that a woman who is raped will get pregnant are one in millions and millions and millions -- the traumatic experience of rape causes a woman to secrete a certain secretion that tends to kill sperm." -- Republican State Rep. Stephen Freind (PA)
While it should be noted that the GOP rape advisory chart goes back to the 1980s and only targets Republicans -- Democrats say plenty of stupid things too -- Gaba reveals a disturbing fixation that Republicans have with rape and dealing with it while trying to reconcile their pro-life beliefs.
Have you seen the GOP rape advisory chart? If not, the ninth volume has just been published online. Check it out here.