Sen. Winder catches heat for remark about rape during closing debate

Sen. Winder catches heat for remark about rape during closing debate

by
Mitch Coffman
March 21, 2012
Mitch Coffman
March 21, 2012

In a hotly contested bill that passed the Senate on Monday dealing with requiring an ultrasound before terminating a pregnancy, Sen. Chuck Winder made remarks about a physician asking the woman whether it was rape, or was she pregnant due to normal relations in a marriage.

According to the Idaho Statesman, those remarks have caused quite a controversy. Some took his comments to mean that women would lie about a rape in order to terminate a pregnancy.

Rep. Cherie Buckner-Webb, D-Boise, was outraged about Winder's comments, calling it "disrespectul." Buckner-Webb also said, "The audacity of saying such a thing. Rape changes lives, forever."

But Winder has said he meant no such thing, and that his remarks have been "totally misunderstood."

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