Rape victim says she’s hurt by statements from Catholic bishops criticizing Gov. Pat Quinn
Patriarchal religious organizations are the bulwark of the GOP war on women.
A rape crisis counselor who is to receive an award from Gov. Pat Quinn at an abortion rights group’s event later this month says she’s hurt by statements from Illinois Catholic bishops denouncing the governor.
Jennie Goodman told the Chicago Sun-Times (bit.ly ) in a story published Saturday that she has never had an abortion and as a counselor doesn’t direct rape victims to abortion clinics.
“It upsets me when they kind of make me feel like I’m a baby killer,” Goodman told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Goodman, 38, said she was raped in 1991 in a shed behind her home by an acquaintance. She didn’t file charges.
“I felt powerless, like I couldn’t do anything,” Goodman said. “It didn’t cross my mind to go to the police or go to the hospital or even be tested.”
Quinn, a Democrat who supports abortion rights, plans to present Goodman with a leadership award at a Nov. 17 dinner hosted by Personal PAC, a political action committee devoted to electing lawmakers who support abortion rights. Goodman made an ad during last fall’s election for governor that criticized Quinn’s Republican opponent for his stance on abortion.