Meet The Republican Who Made The Worst Rape Comment Ever

Lawrence Lockman tops all other republican rape quotes.
Maine State Rep. Lawrence Lockman topped all of the horrible Republican rape comments in 1995, when he said men could rape women because of abortion rights.

Last July, I compiled a list of 40 of the worst things Republicans have ever said about rape. I thought I had seen and heard the worst of such statements. Boy, was I wrong. Apparently, a sitting GOP state representative in Maine actually topped all of these horrible quotes all the way back in 1995.

Maine state Rep. Lawrence Lockman is finding out the hard way that past statements can come back to haunt you. Almost 20 years ago, as a member of the Pro Life Education Association, Lockman argued that because women have abortion rights, men should be free to rape women.

“If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman?” Lockman said in a press statement. “At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

Yeah, you read that right. Lockman actually said that men should legally be allowed to rape women as some sort of sick and twisted notion of reproductive rights. The offensive statement was discovered by blogger Mike Tipping, who then posted the comment and others to the Bangor Daily News website .

Upon realizing that his statement had been revealed, Lockman issued  a long overdue apology.

“I have always been passionate about my beliefs, and years ago I said things that I regret,” Lockman claimed. “I hold no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation, and today I am focused on ensuring freedom and economic prosperity for all Mainers.”

Is Lockman really sorry that he said this or is he just sorry he got caught? In the past few years, insensitive and offensive quotes about rape have become the standard for serving in the Republican Party. That probably means Lockman is a hero to most conservatives. Of course, such statements have been soundly rejected by a majority of voters, costing the GOP multiple political races and positions across the country. Electoral defeat or forced resignation has been the norm for officials who don’t know when to keep their mouths closed.

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It may be nearly 20 years since Lockman made his offensive statements, but he should resign his office anyway. Both Democratic and Republican leaders in Maine have condemned him and he shouldn’t get a free pass. It’s not like he smoked a joint or got a speeding ticket. Lockman openly advocated for the legalization of rape and he should pay a steep price for it.

Women have the right to choose precisely because there are still men like Lockman in the world who believe rape is an acceptable form of reproduction. The fact that women can and do become impregnated against their will via rape is the highest justification for abortion rights. Unfortunately, conservatives have been waging war against abortion rights in states across the country, even for rape victims.

Many Republicans such as Rick Santorum have argued that rape victims should be forced to carry and give birth to their rapist’s child. To them, it’s just another one of God’s ways of sanctioning reproduction. But to women, it’s monstrous and completely anti-women. It’s true that some impregnated rape victims choose to keep the pregnancy. That’s their choice and they are free to make that choice. But rape victims should also have the freedom to choose to terminate such pregnancies. Otherwise, Republicans who seek to force victims to give birth are no better than rapists themselves.

Politicians like Lawrence Lockman are a problem. They symbolize the anti-women attitudes that have plagued the GOP for years. That’s why whenever they make offensive statements or are discovered to have made offensive statements, their careers in public office should come to a swift end. Women make up over 50 percent of the American population. As such, they deserve a government that protects their rights and bodies from being infringed upon by men who can’t accept that medieval times are over.