No, they do not rape women. But they consider themselves experts on the topic. They wanted to put into law a type of rape not covered by those the criminal justice system or existing laws on rape.
All of this entertainment provided us by the Republicans in Congress and those running for President came to light with the statement by Missouri Republican candidate for the Senate, Todd Akin. He said “legitimate rape” victims rarely get pregnant. Apparently, there are rapes where the pregnancy is OK.
A Republican Party bill to stop federal funding of more abortions illustrates what he meant. That bill inserted the term “forcible rape” as the only kind of rape pregnancy allowable for federally funded abortions.
The term “forcible rape” is not defined in the criminal code. The Republican legislators, like Senate Candidate Akin, seem to know what they mean by the term.
I’ve read various versions. One theory is it would exclude funded abortions for women who are administered a “date rape” drug without their knowledge. It might exclude circumstances such as when a young woman voluntarily enters an apartment where there are several men. Or, when a woman is raped by someone she knows or even has had sexual relations with, such as a jealous ex boyfriend.
Republicans are suddenly more concerned about the Missouri Senate seat than they are about abortion. They have removed the phrase, “forcible rape” and asked pro-life Akin to drop out of the race.