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October 31, 2012

Yet Another Anti-Choice Candidate Makes Unsettling Remarks Regarding Rape Survivors

NARAL Pro-Choice America Criticizes U.S. House Congressional Candidate John Koster

Washington, D.C. - Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, called out Washington’s 1st Congressional District candidate John Koster (R) for his insensitive remarks regarding reproductive rights for survivors of sexual assault.

Koster’s bid for Congress has been endorsed by the anti-choice groups National Right to Life Committee, Faith and Freedom PAC, Republican National Coalition for Life, and FRC Action PAC in the past.

“John Koster just added his name to the unfortunately long list of politicians who demean rape survivors,” Keenan said. “To belittle a sexual assault as a ‘rape thing’ and imply that a survivor should be forced to live with the consequences of such an act shows a deplorable lack of compassion. Elections matter, and this is just another example of the outrageous rhetoric that has no place in Congress. Voters in Washington state deserve better.”

Koster is the latest anti-choice candidate to spark controversy with callous remarks against reproductive rights for survivors of rape and incest. Just last week, Mitt Romney-endorsed Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock declared that, “even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.”

NARAL Pro-Choice America PAC has endorsed pro-choice candidate Suzan DelBene (D) in this congressional race as well as her last bid in the 2010 election cycle. DelBene has received $5,000 in contributions from the organization’s PAC.

DelBene believes that medical decisions should be made between a woman and her doctor, and not by politicians. She supports funding for family-planning services.

NARAL Pro-Choice America will also continue to activate its member activists to support DelBene's campaign.


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