BILL NAPOLI: A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.Let's see, first the rape has to be brutal (he even uses that word twice, as an adverb and a verb). I guess it's not traumatic enough unless it really hurts. The woman (I won't even comment on his patronizing use of "girl") has to be a virgin. After all, if she has already had consensual sex, obviously she was just begging to be raped. Break that hymen and you're fare game for public consumption. She has to be religious, because only religious women don't deserve to be raped. Perhaps an atheist would lack the moral compass to be traumatized by being violated (you know how those atheists are with all their orgies). I am surprised he didn't come right out and say "Christian." Then he reiterates the virginity aspect: it's not enough to be a virgin -- she should be saving herself for marriage. The next part is my favorite: "sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it." Uh, what the Hell does sodomy have to do with pregnancy?!? I'm guessing Napoli just likes the word or the imagery. Call it a "biblical buzzword." So if a religious woman who was "saving" herself gets violently raped in every orifice and might kill herself if forced to give birth to that baby, then her "real-life" example is good enough to merit a South Dakota abortion. Gee Bill, thanks for painting that picture for us.
Okay, I know he didn't say it was the only "real-life description," but it was so nutty that I had to comment. Blogger Melissa McEwan summarizes Napoli's words well: "Everything wrong with our societal views on rape and abortion summed up in one ridiculously stupid statement by one ridiculously stupid man." Digby, another blogger, thinks Napoli's description is a little too vivid to be anything but creepy:
He seems to have given it a good deal of thought. I suspect many hours have been spent luridly contemplating the brutal, savage rape and sodomy (as bad as it can be) of a religious virgin and how terrible it would be for her. It seems quite clear in his mind.Regardless of how you feel about the abortion issue, Napoli's bizarrely detailed quote shows that he deserves to be the Bastard of the Day. Personally, I think the issue is all about population. No one wants to live in the Dakotas, where the weather is decent for only three months a year (I have that on authority from a former North Dakotan -- six weeks in spring and six weeks in fall, otherwise miserably cold or unbearably hot). To keep South Dakota from being vacated entirely, except maybe the Black Hills and the Corn Palace, they need to prevent abortions. Otherwise, they might have to give the whole state back to the Sioux.
UPDATE 03/09/2006 - Molly Ivins, one of my favorite columnists and proof that not everyone from Texas is a compassionless conservative, rips into Napoli here.