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Are Abortion Opponents Defending Rape?

With the advent of a new anti-abortion movement, XX Factor’s Amanda Marcotte gets the chance to do what she does best: deliver a brutal takedown of extreme misogynists. The target this time is the “Conceived in Rape” tour, a group of pro-life activists who claim they’re only alive because the state forced their mothers to give birth to a rapist’s child. Of course, taking their argument to its logical end, the activists seem to be defending not just anti-abortion policies but their rapist fathers’ actions. But Marcotte is willing to set that aside and offer the group some helpful advice. “Don’t invite people to ponder the question of whether or not the world would be a better place if you had never been born," she writes. "They may, upon thinking about it, come to a conclusion you don’t like.”