On Friday, a Republican Missouri lawyer apologized for using the term "conscience robbery" during a debate on a new, restrictive anti-abortion bill.
"I'm not trying to apologize," Rep said. Barry Hovis, representing the city of Jackson in the southeast Missouri "Sometimes you make a mistake and you own it."
The legislator, who was elected in 2018, made the remark while arguing at the state house that the eight-week abortion window of the measure provides rape survivors with "ample time" for the procedure. Critics say that many women do not know they are pregnant until after eight weeks, and the bill does not provide exceptions for rape or incest.
30-year-old veteran of the Cape Girardeau Police Department and then touched on his experience in dealing with rape cases.
"Let's just say somebody goes out and they get raped or they are sexually assaulted one night after a college party – because most of my rapes were not the gentleman to jump out of bushes that no one had ever met , "Hovis said. "It was once or twice out of a hundred. Most of them were date rapes or consensual rapes. It was all terrible."
Rep. Raychel Proudie, a democrat, quickly complained to him.
"There is no such thing that does not mean rape," she said applause from the chamber.
Hovis later told the Washington Post that he was mocking and said he thinks there is "no such thing as a conscientious objection."
He added that for all his years in law enforcement he took the testimony of rape victims seriously.
"When rape is reported and I & # 39; talk to myself, you always take the victim's words," he said.
Missouri's GOP-controlled house passed the anti-abortion bill Friday, which comes as legislators in several states, has passed restrictive abortion laws, which spokesmen on both sides say are aimed at getting the Supreme Court to consider raiding Roe v. Wade the landmark Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion nationwide.
Hovis comments reminded of a controversial comment made in 2012 by Todd Akin, a former Missouri congressm, that "legal rape" rarely causes pregnancy. After losing a 2012 race for the US Senate, Akin tried to clarify his words and said he should have said "lawful case of rape."
Lindsey Bever contributed to this report.
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