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Williston, North Dakota: Rape Capital of North America? PDF Print E-mail
Written by Chet   

GPE2I read these two paragraphs from The Examiner yesterday and meant to post them.  They're stunning, really:

For North Dakota women, the booming state is becoming a dystopian nightmare rather than a job seeker's utopian paradise. Rapes and assaults have multiplied in frequency at an alarming rate and Williston has begun to resemble more a 19th century Wild West town than a modern twenty-first century city. With a rate of over one hundred rapes per 100,000 residents, Williston now has a rape rate that is nearly four times the national average. A woman in Williston, North Dakota is four times more likely to report being forcibly raped than a woman living in Los Angeles and over seven times more likely than a woman residing in New York City. Williston’s per capita rape rate is higher than that of any of the 214 US cities with a population of over 100,000 residents, including Detroit, Chicago and New Orleans, cities usually regarded as among the nation’s most dangerous places.

At a time when Williston North Dakota is fighting for the dubious title of “rape capital” of North America, the state’s Republican dominated legislature and Republican Governor Jack Dalrymple have teamed up to pass the most restrictive anti-abortion law in the country, which would ban abortions even in the case of rape or incest after just six weeks of pregnancy (a standard that is set so early that many women are not yet aware they are pregnant). Both the state house and state senate have also passed a resolution calling for a fetal personhood amendment that if approved by voters, would ban all abortions and possibly even most forms of contraception in the state altogether in 2014. Again, no exceptions are allowed for cases involving rape, incest or if the life of the woman is endangered by carrying the pregnancy to term. In a state where rape is on the rise, lawmakers have essentially decided that rape victims must be compelled to carry their pregnancy to term and to give birth to the rapist's baby.

Examiner.com (emphasis added)

Speaking of rapists and the pregnancies they cause, I picked up a copy of the latest issue of the Great Plains Examiner yesterday, just to see if it's still got its radical right-wing slant.  (Spoiler:  It does.) The former ND Republican Party chairman who owns and operates that paper now has obviously decided he doesn't care whether his right-wing rag has any women readers, and might even want women to boycott all of the paper's advertisers, has clearly thrown in with the women-oppressing radicals. His anti-choice editorial wouldn't be quite so offensive if there weren't also -- in the same issue -- a column by a Bismarck church leader who takes the position that -- and this is the title of the column -- "Life Begins Before Conception."  Swear to God.  And no time like a discussion about Choice in the context of rape and incest to bring in a car analogy:

Consider an example. My grandfather owned a 1978 Chevy Malibu. If I was to ask him when his car was made he might say in the summer of 1977 when production began at the Oshawa Car Assembly. Or, if he really thought about it, he might say that his car was made in 1976 at the GM Tech Center in the minds of the engineers who designed it.

GreatPlainsExaminer.com (don't take my word for it; go read it)

See... for the folks at the Great Plains Examiner life starts in the "design" phase. As is true with the manufacturing of a car, human life begins as soon as the rapist starts thinking about raping someone. That's a great car analogy. Makes perfect sense, right?

It's no wonder North Dakota's radical Republicans don't even believe in having exceptions to their anti-choice Personhood laws, even for victims of rape and incest. According to them, apparently, if you become pregnant as a result of a rape or incest, the rape or incest was all just a part of God's big plan.

I just don't know what to think about a God whose grand plan includes rape.

I do know that when I predicted the Great Plains Examiner was going to turn into a radical, right-wing rag, I nailed it. I don't care how many Democrats get duped into allowing their writings to be the "token Democrat perspective," that paper is a right-wing rag, 


Comments (21)add comment

Al Webster said:

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I quit reading the Examiner. Trash mostly now.
 
April 02, 2013
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nimrodent said:

we're #1
We are not quite at the bottom, but we can see it from here.
 
April 03, 2013
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FightingVehicle said:

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How about this - let's just declare that life begins at the gleam in your eye, and if you are not attracted to someone, it's murder.
 
April 03, 2013
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nimrodent said:

Stolen from Tony Bender
Life begins at last call.
 
April 03, 2013
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nimrodent said:

Dry legal issues
The question is not whether an embryo is a form of life, the question is what constitutional rights the embryo has and how do you balance those with the constitutional rights of the female whose uterus contains the embryo. Thus, the argument is whether the embryo is a "person." Religious arguments come into play because the anti-choicers assert that the Bible says that an embryo has a "soul." The concept of a soul in unity with a life form is a religious concept, not a biological concept.
 
April 04, 2013
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Marty said:

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I'm thinking we need to have the legislature tell us if embryos are allowed into heaven, because that would definitely impact my opinion on whether abortion is good or bad.
 
April 04, 2013
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Helen Back said:

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Marty, if a corporation is a person, CERTAINLY an embryo is a person and deserves a place in heaven. But, like you, I'm cooling my heels 'til I find out what the North Dakota legislature wants me to think...
 
April 04, 2013
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What the Heck said:

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I'd like to know where the legislation is to regulate sperm? Certainly that is life or at least one of the essential elements. Outlaw vasectomies, hot tubs, tight underwear. And don't even get me started on all the legal chemicals one can ingest that negatively affect sperm, eggs, and embryos. Is a woman subject to prosecution if she takes one drink of alcohol while pregnant? How about bartenders serving drinks...if it was possible that woman had sex at any time prior to that drink, then are they an accomplice to child abuse or negligent homicide?

The level of ridiculousness this can be taken to has no limits. My thoughts are that when the religious folks out there can explain scientifically exactly how the immaculate conception created life, then they are smart enough to determine when life begins for the rest of us. Not to offend the religious, but the immaculate conception sure sounds a lot like in vitro fertilization or artificial insemination.
 
April 05, 2013
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nimrodent said:


What about an embryo conceived by two atheists? Can it get into heaven?
 
April 05, 2013
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Jason said:

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I don't think religion has anything to do with this. It's a human life form. As such shouldn't it be protected from being torn apart piece by piece? Shouldn't we protect it as someone who can't protect themselves?
 
April 05, 2013
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Marty said:

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If religion has nothing to do with it, perhaps we should let the free market decide.
 
April 05, 2013
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Jason said:

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So is it ok then for me to kill my daughter? I mean...all murder laws are based off of religion.
 
April 05, 2013
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Marty said:

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You're the one who said religion had nothing to do with it, Jason.
 
April 05, 2013
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Jason said:

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Ok. So please explain to me how the "Free Market" will decide? What I'm saying is that murder is murder. If you look at it as a human life (aka. has heartbeat) And you destroy it, wouldn't it be murder? I guess Please explain your "Free Market" comment.
 
April 05, 2013
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Marty said:

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I was having some fun with you, insofar as we both know Religion has very much to do with this. But you knew that.

Fwiw, I am not sure a heartbeat is necessarily such a significant point in development as you and the new law make it out to be. Does the heart or the brain make the person?
 
April 05, 2013
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Jason said:

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We could say that if it didn't, we could kill someone who is mentally handicapped, or someone who has Alzheimers.
 
April 05, 2013
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nimrodent said:

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I'm thinking the capacity to live apart from the uterus is key.
 
April 05, 2013
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Marty said:

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Just as gay marriage has nothing to do with polygamy or inter-species relationships, I would say abortion can be addressed separately as an issue from assisted suicide, terry schaivo, or even the scenario you described. Further, there is a pragmatism issue here with regard to Prohibition - I.e. it doesn't even work or at least rarely as intended. Some of us want abortion to remain legal if it saves even a single girl from bleeding to death from a coat hanger.
 
April 05, 2013
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Rabid said:

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Too many sheeple living in North Dakota have been brainwashed by the redneck rapist culture that dictates women must have as many children as possible, beginning at as early an age as possible, and to whatever men want to conceive upon her, free will be damned. As is made obvious by some of these responses, and recent legislature.
 
April 05, 2013
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nimrodent said:

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Is it too late to adopt the Confederate flag as the ND state flag?
 
April 06, 2013
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