Ouch! A Damning Quote By A Republican About GOP House Leadership

This week, in the new Republican controlled Congress, there has been what Talking Points Memo is calling “the GOP meltdown on abortion and rape.”

The House introduced a symbolic messaging bill that would have banned abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, but it was pulled at the last minute after GOP women and swing-district lawmakers balked over a rape-exception provision that would have required rape victims to report the crime to authorities before having an abortion.

This kind of crap has a LOT of people, including republicans, wondering exactly what the GOP stands for.?Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) gave this quote?about the priorities of House Republicans, as quoted by Talking Points Memo:

?Week one, we had a Speaker election that didn’t go as well as a lot of us would have liked. Week two, we spent a lot of time talking about deporting children, a conversation a lot of us didn’t want to have. Week three, we’re debating reportable rape and incest ? again, not an issue a lot of us wanted to have a conversation about. I just can’t wait for week four.?

And this quote:

“The less we engage on this issue [of rape] legislatively, the better off we are as a party,” he said. “What kind of message are we sending?”

I can answer that. You’re sending the same message your party has always sent, Rep. Dent — that women don’t matter, our voices don’t matter, and our bodies belong to you.

h/t Political Wire