Most of you are aware by now of the comments made by Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri. But just in case you haven’t heard or read his statement, let me share it with you. (For those of you who have heard it and, like me, have it memorized, I think we can all agree that it needs to be repeated and shared so as not to be forgotten.)
So here’s what Republican Representative and candidate for Senate Todd Akin said during a televised interview after being asked about allowing abortions for rape victims who become pregnant as a result of the rape.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Let that sink in for a minute. Got it? I’ll wait while you read it again. Yes, you read it correctly, he did say “legitimate rape” as opposed to, you know, illegitimate rape which, by deductive reasoning, must be the term that Akin would apply to the thousands of rapes each year that resulted in pregnancy. And, yes, he seriously believes that the female body is capable of deciphering whether or not the sperm had permission to enter the premises as if there’s some sort of muscle-head egg standing outside of the cervix, clipboard in one hand and velvet rope in the other.
So were you shocked when you heard those words coming out of a grown man’s mouth? Don’t be. Because the reality of it is that Todd Akin is not the first GOP member to spew such idiocy and, unfortunately, he won’t be the last. Oh, by the way, Rep. Akin is on the Committee on Science, Space and Technology. Apparently, you don’t have to know much about basic human anatomy to be on a Congressional committee that has the word SCIENCE in it.
Anyway, let’s take a look at some other archaic and misinformed opinions that have been presented as facts and spouted off by other members of the Grand Ol’ Party, shall we?
Idaho Senator Chuck Winder said “I would hope that when a woman goes into a physician with a rape issue that that physician will indeed ask her about perhaps her marriage, was this pregnancy caused by normal relations in a marriage, or was it truly caused by a rape.” After being criticized, Winder explained his comment by saying that women “would want to find out if the pregnancy occurred as the product of the rape, or whether the pregnancy was unknown at the time.” Translation: If a woman claims she was impregnated by a rapist, she was probably already pregnant from having sex with her husband. Also, marital rape does not exist.
Republican Stephen Freind from Pennsylvania once said that the odds of a woman getting pregnant as a result of a rape were “one in millions and millions and millions” because the woman, while experiencing a traumatic rape, will “secrete a certain secretion, which has a tendency to kill sperm.” On a similar note, Rep. Henry Aldridge of North Carolina said “The facts show that people who are raped – who are truly raped – the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant.” Translation: Women, like ducks, produce special baby-making juice that only works when a woman wants it to and doesn’t work if a woman is traumatized.
Businessman and political activist Foster Friess, who is not a politician but a big (financial) supporter of Republican candidates Rick Santorum and now Mitt Romney, once told Andrea Mitchell that Bayer aspirin was enough to prevent an unwanted pregnancy. According to him, “The gals put it between their knees”¦.” Translation: If those slutty sluts would just keep their legs closed, there wouldn’t be any reason to talk about all of this contraception and rape and abortion stuff. Good golly, girls! Control yourselves!
US Federal Judge James Leon Holmes wrote in an article that “concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.” Translation: Mr. Holmes would’ve been better suited for a career as a meteorologist because he knows absolute squat about justice.
And last, but certainly not least, is that whole thing about defining rape and allowing abortions only for victims of “forcible rape” as described by none other than Todd Akin and by Mitt Romney’s buddy and choice for VP, Paul Ryan, who co-sponsored the “˜No Taxpayer Fundung for Abortion’ Act.
Look, there are a ton of articles all over the Internet right now where you can find even more quotes that are just as bad, if not worse, than those I’ve added here. But as unbelievable as it may be that someone like Akin honestly believes this stuff about the magical power of the uterus, we need to be thankful that he publicly verbalized it. I don’t think most of us realized just how ridiculous and asinine some of these anti-choice belief systems and agendas really are. Like Abe Lincoln said, “Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.” Well, they’ve spoken out and removed all doubt. They are indeed fools. And, ladies, we’re in some serious trouble if they get elected.