Palin and rape kits: more “right to life”?

Was Wasilla unwilling to pay for “rape kits” because they include Plan B?

UCLA alum and California Democratic Committeeman Dante Atkins, who diaries at DKos as “hekebolos,” seems to have come up with a sensible theory to explain the otherwise inexplicable refusal of the town of Wasilla under Mayor Palin to pay for “rape kits” for sexual-assault victims. It’s not that the Mayor was afraid of catching rapists; she was just afraid that the victims might be protected from getting pregnant as a result. That’s one of the things it means when you say that “life begins at conception”: protecting the paternity rights of rapists.

It’s in the Republican platform, too.

Maybe if it’s not true Gov. Palin could give a press conference and provide a different answer. Oh, wait …

Author: Mark Kleiman

Professor of Public Policy at the NYU Marron Institute for Urban Management and editor of the Journal of Drug Policy Analysis. Teaches about the methods of policy analysis about drug abuse control and crime control policy, working out the implications of two principles: that swift and certain sanctions don't have to be severe to be effective, and that well-designed threats usually don't have to be carried out. Books: Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know (with Jonathan Caulkins and Angela Hawken) When Brute Force Fails: How to Have Less Crime and Less Punishment (Princeton, 2009; named one of the "books of the year" by The Economist Against Excess: Drug Policy for Results (Basic, 1993) Marijuana: Costs of Abuse, Costs of Control (Greenwood, 1989) UCLA Homepage Curriculum Vitae Contact: Markarkleiman-at-gmail.com