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Lawmaker tries to walk back 'consensual rape' remark

6 months 2 days 20 hours ago Friday, May 17 2019 May 17, 2019 May 17, 2019 4:42 PM May 17, 2019 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Riverfront Times
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri state lawmaker says he misspoke on the House floor when he referred to "consensual rapes" during a highly charged debate on a bill to ban abortions at eight weeks, including in cases of rape and incest.
  
Republican Rep. Barry Hovis said in the chamber Friday that most of the sexual assaults he handled before retiring from law enforcement weren't strangers "jumping out of the bushes" but instead "date rapes or consensual rapes."
  
Abortion-rights supporters who attended the debate hissed in response.
  
Hovis, of Missouri's southeastern Bootheel region, told the Associated Press he had meant to say "date rapes or consensual or rape." When pressed on whether that made sense in the context of the rest of his sentence, he said he believes there is no such thing as "consensual rape."

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