For Immediate Release
March 7, 2022
EMILYs List Statement on Robert Regan’s Horrifying Comment About Rape
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Sarah Curmi, Vice President of State and Local Campaigns at EMILYs List, released the following statement in response to Republican nominee for Michigan’s 74th State House seat, Robert Regan, joking about rape, saying, “as I tell my three daughters – If rape is inevitable, you should just lie back and enjoy it.”
“Making light of sexual assault in such a flippant way is completely unacceptable and insulting to survivors everywhere. We are appalled that someone trying to win the votes of the people of West Michigan would show such a clear lack of character. If that is how Regan talks to his own daughters, I would hate to imagine the views he holds of all women and the issues that most directly impact us. It is critical that come election day, Michiganders reject this kind of behavior and vote for the woman who will represent them with dignity, honor and respect – Carol Glanville. At a time when abortion access and reproductive freedom are being increasingly attacked across the country, we cannot afford to let misogynists make the decisions that will impact our futures.”
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