Snopes examines this list of supposed quotes.
Did Republicans Actually Say These Things About Rape?
Published 27 February 2014, Updated 30 September 2020
A “Republicans on Rape” graphic widely circulated online since 2014 collects various comments about that crime supposedly made by GOP politicians in recent years:
The remarks collected in that graphic were indeed all uttered by the persons to whom they have been attributed; below we offer four of the statements on video (also on YouTube), as well as the context in which they were made, and any clarifying remarks subsequently offered by their speakers.
Snopes claims these quotes were made variously in 1990, 2012, 2013 and 2014.
Looking at just one claim, about Lawrence Lockman, Maine's Morning Sentinel reported
Maine lawmaker says he regrets comments on rape, gays
Posted February 27, 2014
Republican Lawrence Lockman is under fire after a liberal activist’s blog post details his comments on AIDS, rape and abortion.
A Republican state lawmaker who has come under fire from the Maine Democratic Party for past statements about gays, rape and abortion said Wednesday that he regrets making the comments.
Lockman appears to admit making the remarks with this reply
“I have always been passionate about my beliefs, and years ago I said things that I regret. I hold no animosity toward anyone by virtue of their gender or sexual orientation, and today I am focused on ensuring freedom and economic prosperity for all Mainers,” he said.
Which of these quotes are real?
- Snopes has links to videos of four of the statements made.
Which are taken out of context?
- Any isolated quote is always taken out of context.