Faught: If You get Raped, It's The Will Of God

Faught: If You get Raped, It's The Will Of God

Oklahoma state representative, George Faught, successfully passed a bill outlawing certain types of abortions in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. Invoking God, Faught and his fellow Republicans have now made it illegal for doctors to perform abortions due to fetal genetic abnormalities or Down syndrome. There are no exceptions, even in cases of rape and incest; those who refuse to comply could have their licenses suspended or revoked, along with facing fines of up to $100,000.

In defense of the fact that the ban would make no exceptions, Faught suggested that rape and incest could be part of God’s will. When Democratic members of the state’s House challenged him, Faught went on to reference that since rape occurred in the Bible, it’s more a natural part of life.

“Is rape the will of God?” asked Representative Cory Williams.

“If you read the Bible, there’s actually a couple circumstances where that happened, and the Lord uses all circumstances,” Faught said, “I mean, you can go down that path, but it’s a reality, unfortunately.” When asked about incest, he said, “Same answer.”

In response to Faught accusing him of questions that didn’t relate to the bill, Williams provided an interesting response:

“You won’t make any exceptions for rape, you won’t make any exceptions for incest in this and you are proffering divine intervention as the reason why you won’t do that. I think it is very important. This body wants to know, myself personally, whether you believe rape and incest are actually the will of God.”

Faught responded by doubling down on his claims that rape and incest are part of God’s grand design, and victims of rape and incest can ‘use’ the experience. “It’s a great question to ask, and, obviously if it happens in someone’s life, it may not be the best thing that ever happened. But, so you’re saying that God is not sovereign with every activity that happens in someone’s life and can’t use anything and everything in someone’s life, and I disagree with that.”

Apparently, the floor was so moved by Faught’s arguments that the bill passed in the house with 67 votes (to 16) and will now move to the Senate. In a separate statement to an NBC station after the controversy of the vote, Faught spoke of the beauty of pregnancies that result from rape and incest.

“Life, no matter how it is conceived, is valuable and something to be protected. Let me be clear, God never approves of rape or incest. However, even in the worst circumstances, God can bring beauty from ashes.”

Although I can appreciate his sentiment that people can make the best of a situation, I completely disagree with everything else Faught said. His statement, and the bill- the brainchild of an anti-abortion group- has been heavily condemned by doctors and healthcare advocates.

“This bill is deeply damaging to reproductive healthcare, as well as the doctor-patient relationship,” the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice noted in a statement, “Further, we find it absolutely unacceptable and inappropriate that the bill’s author, George Faught argued on the House floor that sexual assault is the will of God. Oklahoma women and families deserve better than a politician who uses his personal dogma to explain away violent crimes against women.”

Now that, I agree with. It’s deplorable that Faught implies rape and incest should just be accepted because they happened in the Bible. Hey, we used to stone people to death and not wear clothes of mixed materials, but we’ve moved past that. Perhaps my perspective is skewed as a unreligious person, but honestly: what the fuck?