In today’s Republicans Should Never Talk About Rape news, Maine state representative Lawrence Lockman was forced to apologize for his reprehensible comments arguing men should be able to use their “superior strength” to rape women if women have the right to abortion.

“If a woman has [the right to an abortion], why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman?” Lockman wrote in a 1990 letter that recently came to light. “At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t [in most cases] result in anyone’s death.”

The letter, which was one of many uncovered by a blogger chronicling Rep. Lockman’s statements since the 1980s, was written while the Maine representative was president of the Pro-Life Education Association.

Predictably, Rep. Lockman issued a statement regarding the once private remarks, writing, “”I have always been passionate about my beliefs, and years ago I said things that I regret,” the statement read. “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.”

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