Republicans Still Don’t Understand Women’s Anatomy, Rape
Oh good, we haven’t had one of these stories in a few weeks. A Republican has made outrageous statements showing a lack of even basic understanding of the female reproductive system, coupled with dismissive remarks about rape. This time, it’s Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin, who said that pregnancy rarely occurs in instances of “legitimate rape.”
The comments came during an interview with a local Fox affiliate:
During that interview the congressman and U.S. Senate candidate was asked whether abortion should be allowed in the case of rape.
Akin’s response was that it was his understanding from doctors that it’s rare for someone to become pregnant from rape. He said, “The female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down.”
Critics were furious that Akin would 1) distinguish between “legitimate rape” and something else (when the woman secretly enjoys it?); and 2) that he, a member of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, would believe that women’s emotions and “secretions” have such control over becoming pregnant.
Jezebel points out that this nonsense has been spouted by politicians and lobbyists for at least a few decades.
Akin quickly said he “misspoke.” But he reaffirmed that he does not believe rape victims should be allowed to get abortions.
Former Gov. Mike Huckabee tried to give Akin a chance at redemption with an appearance on Huckabee’s syndicated radio show. But the evangelical Christian and one-time presidential candidate caused his own controversy by saying that rape had produced some great Americans:
“[Gospel singer] Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape… I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. He, himself, was the result of a forcible rape. And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things.”
In addition to what appears to be boderline rape apology, Huckabee used the controversial term “forcible rape.” (As opposed to passive rape?) Forcible rape was used in legislation co-sponsored by Akin banning taxpayer money from funding abortions. The bill provided an exception for cases of rape- but only “forcible rape.” Since this term was never clarified, the language was eventually dropped from the law.
That bill’s other co-sponsor? Vice Presidential nominee Paul Ryan.
What do you think?