Republicans have made it official: Their platform decrees that EVERY man’s sperm is sacred, including rapists’. If a woman is brutally violated and becomes pregnant, she should have no right to seek an abortion.
What will Republicans think of next — stoning to death women they suspect of adultery?
Missouri Congressman (and Senator wannabe) Todd Akin revealed the logic behind this Republican misogyny.
During a TV interview in St. Louis, Akin calmly and clearly explained how he learned from doctors that woman have a biological mechanism to “shut down” fertilization and avoid pregnancy when they are “legitimately” raped.
Democratic disgust was immediate. Republicans are fuming over having their deeply-rooted ignorance verbalized.
So Akin has apologized for using “the wrong words” and pretends to agree that all rapes are bad.
I think Akin’s only regret is being rightfully called out as a dumbass. He refuses to drop out of the race to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. Let’s hope sensible Missouri women do the right thing and crush Akin at the polls.
Since Akin specified “legitimate” (which he now says meant “forcible”) rape, what would he and his ilk consider “illegitimate” rape…
- A woman trying to escape a control-freak husband, who stalks and assaults her as “just punishment?”
- A woman who wears a tight, low-cut outfit into a bar and ends up gang-banged on a pool table because “she asked for it?”
- A little girl who doesn’t move or scream when Daddy climbs into her bed to teach her “how to be a woman?”
Romney’s trying to “distance” himself from Akin’s words, but his running mate Paul Ryan has worked with Akin in Congress on legislation to reproductively hog-tie women permanently.
Paul Ryan believes women should only have abortions if their lives are in danger, but they deserve to bear lifelong consequences for rape or incest.
Akin’s now saying he should continue in the Senate race because he misspoke “one word in one sentence in one day.”
WHICH WORD, TODD? YOUR WHOLE STATEMENT WAS INACCURATE!
Obviously, he still doesn’t get it. And prominent Republicans can pooh-pooh Akin all they want, but their actions — trying to make abortion and birth control crimes, forcing pregnant women to have unnecessary ultrasounds in Virginia — speak louder than words.
They just don’t like any one of their own to admit it.
BONUS: A great blog post on this topic at Forming the Thread.