Go to Content Go to Navigation Go to Navigation Go to Site Search Homepage

The week that we celebrated the 42nd anniversary of the landmark Roe v. Wade ruling, Senator Lindsey Graham won the dubious distinction of gynotician for lamenting the, ahem, “definitional” problem with rape. 

A gynotician is a politician who feels more qualified than women and their doctors to make women’s health care decisions. And Senator Graham earned the title for telling anti-women’s health activists: “I'm going to need your help to find a way out of this definitional problem of rape."

He was talking about the House bringing back a 20-week abortion ban — a companion bill to last year’s Senate version that Senator Graham introduced (a move that won him his first gynotician award).  This year’s 20-week abortion bill in the House was held for a vote, in part because of questions around whether and how the bill should make exceptions for rape survivors. 

1-22-15-Lindsey-Graham-Definitional-Rape-Tweet.jpg

Here’s the thing: Women don't have a "definitional problem" with rape. We're really clear on what rape is. And if Senator Graham isn’t, it's probably time for him to stop legislating on it.

Tell Lindsey Graham: The problem isn't the 'definition' of rape. The problem is a total lack of understanding about rape.

Tags: lindsey graham, Gynotician of the Week, Gynotician

Urge Your Senators to Reject Brett Kavanaugh!

We have five easy ways you can take action.

learn more

What's the "Gag Rule?"

Here's everything you need to know about Trump's latest attack on our health and rights.

Learn more

Sign Up for Email

Sign Up

Join Us in Tracking Trump

Our new website uncovers the facts.

Learn more

Protect Roe v. Wade!

Tell your senators to BLOCK Brett Kavanaugh and refuse to confirm ANY nominee who will threaten Roe v. Wade.  

TAKE ACTION

"Trump’s Gag Rule Could Have Killed Me"

Rhea's story shows what could happen if millions of people lose access to lifesaving care.

READ RHEA'S STORY