asiangrrlMN gives Todd Akin the treatment he deserves over at my joint:
I’m so mad I could stab someone with my rusty pitchfork™
And by someone, I mean Rep. Todd Akin (R – Complete Jackholetown). By now, it’s all over the Twitter Machine what this asshole has said about ‘legitimate rape’ and pregnancy. Here is the quote:
It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare [pregnancy from rape]. If it’s a legitimate rape, uh, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think that there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.
First of all, Imma need the names of those doctors Akin mentioned because otherwise, this falls into the category of pulling bullshit out of one’s ass – which is exactly what he’s done. Or, he’s reading too much of this and/or this. The first link is for a website of purported pro-forced-birther physicians, so it’s conceivable that they are the doctors Akin so cavalierly dropped into the interview. If you don’t want to dip yourself in the filth, the link basically throws out a bunch of stats and crams them into a preconceived notion. In other words, utter bullshit. A 1996 study has shown that 5% of rapes result in pregnancy. Here’s a link to the abstract of the study. Please note, roughly 32,000 pregnancies from rape a year occur, according to the study.. Contrary to Akin’s bullshit, that is not ‘really rare’, and I doubt the numbers have substantially changed since then. Understandably, it’s not easy to determine exactly how many pregnancies are a result of rape, but I will take the numbers from the study over the bullshit fantasy numbers from Physicians for Life any day.
Secondly, the female body does not have magical ju-ju that can turn off the baby-making process at will. Just fucking stop it with that made-up bullshit. That wouldn’t even pass Biology 101, jackass. It’s a fucking disgrace that a standing member of the House Committee Science, Space, and Technology can say something like this on television and not be immediately shunned from society. The fact that he said this without any apparent remorse is damning and disgraceful to us as a society. The political climate has become such that this is not even that outre for the Republicans, and they get no push-back from the traditional media. Fortunately, we have social media to do what traditional media won’t, and I’ll get to that in a minute. Right, now, I’m demolishing Akin’s incredibly idiotic quote which, though short, is the stupidest thing I’ve heard in at least a week*.
Thirdly, forcing a woman to carry her rapist’s baby to term is punishing the woman, not the fetus or the rapist. For many women**, being raped is the worst thing that can happen to them. Being raped strips away your security, shatters your world, and indelibly changes you; it can take a lifetime to grapple with the ramifications. Now, add to that becoming pregnant by your rapist. The aforementioned study cited that 50% of the pregnancies by rape ended in abortion. That means that there are women who choose to have their babies in this situation – and that is their right. That is their, dare I say it, choice. But, imagine if a woman had been raped and abortion were against the law so she were forced to carry her rapist’s fetus to term, whether she wanted to or not. Remember, she just underwent something no person should ever have to experience and is dealing with an ongoing nightmare. Many rape victims already feel as if their lives mean little after they’ve been raped – this kind of law is the perfect way to reinforce that idea by reminding her every day of the rape in a very tangible way, by insisting she’s nothing more than a brood mare, by decreeing that the potential life inside of her trumps her own very real life and sense of well-being/worth.
What Akin proposes is simply cruel to victims of rape. He’s gotten major flak for it on Twitter – so much so, he’s issued a follow-up statement. I refuse to call it an apology because it’s nothing of the sort. He’s not sorry for what he said – only sorry that he’s getting so much heat for having said it. He claimed he misspoke, reiterated his main talking point that abortion is of the debbil even though rape is really really bad, and trashed Democrats in three short paragraphs. Here’s an excerpt of what he said:
….Those who perpetrate these crimes [of rape and abuse] are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.
I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action…
Akin cannot state the first sentence and then believe the bolded (by me) sentence to be equally true because they are contradictory in nature. If Akin truly believed that rape victims should have the justice they deserved, that would include the fucking right to do with their bodies as they choose – especially right after they had that choice taken away from them so violently by their rapists.
The post goes on to further decimate Akin, Romney, Ryan, and the GOP. It’s a glorious rant. You should read it.
[read full post at ABLC]