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Republican John Koster Doesn’t Believe In Abortion For “The Rape Thing”

Because abortion is “putting more violence on a woman’s body.” A new day, and Democrats point to another Republican making the case against abortion in the case of rape.

The comments were made this past weekend at a fund-raising event.

2. Transcript


We wanted to know, is there any time that you would agree with abortion?

When a mother’s life is in danger, I’m not going to make that decision, you know. I know they go out and — incest is so rare, I mean, it’s so rare, but the rape thing…You know, I know a woman who was raped and kept the child, gave it up for adoption, she doesn’t regret it. In fact, she’s a — she’s a big pro-life proponent. But on the rape thing, it’s like how does — how does putting more violence onto a woman’s body and taking the life of an innocent child that’s not — that’s a consequence of this crime, how does that make it better? You know what I mean?

Yeah, but she has to live with the consequence of that crime…

Yeah, I know crime has consequences, but how does it make it better by killing a child?

Some critics are calling the recording a setup, pointing to the 10-second mark where there is a clear audio cut. However, it is impossible to tell if it’s an edit for time or to take Koster’s remarks out of context.

BuzzFeed has reached out the American Bridge 21st Century super PAC about getting the full transcript, but has not heard back from them at this time.

UPDATE! American Bridge 21st Century super PAC communication director Chris Harris responded to say,

We did not record the audio, we used the recording from a group called Fuse Washington.

Their recording does not have the blip ours does, it must’ve been a glitch in our upload or something. There was no editing of the remarks, as you can tell from listening to Fuse’s full clip.

BuzzFeed has since replaced their version with the original.

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