Hey, ladies! Good news!
You don’t have to worry about pregnancy the next time you’re ‘legitimately’ being raped because your body knows not to get pregnant.
That’s the assertion of another numbskull politician talking about his pro-life stance even in cases of rape. “Legitimate” rape that is, or as Whoopi Goldberg calls it: “Rape-Rape“.
As reported on The Atlantic, Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican challenger to Democratic U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill, said on live television that “legitimate rape” does not lead to pregnancy.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Totally. Everybody knows that the female body can discern rape sperm from regular, old sperm. Which means that if you’re pregnant it couldn’t possibly be the result of rape. So you’re lying about being raped, obviously. You were probably asking for it what with wearing that mini-skirt and heels. Your body knew that and so didn’t kick in with the magical anti-rape function used for legitimate rapes, is what Rep. Akins is saying.
Akin’s comments came during a discussion of his hardline stand against permitting legal abortions for rape victims. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child,” he said.
Watch this grown man spout this absolute nonsense with the utmost authority in the video below.
Holy crap, NOW I’ve seen everything. I wonder if I can get my body to do the anti-pregnancy thing if, like, I get drunk and have sex with a stranger. Does it work then? Because that would be AWESOME.
Later on, after Akin’s PR folks apparently gave him The Business, he issued a statement backing off his idiotic comments:
“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. 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.”
Romney and his dreamy new partner, Congressman Ryan, also released a statement distancing themselves from Akin. “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”
But, well, Romney has a rather, bipolar history, as Salon.com puts it, when it comes to a woman’s right to choose so I’m not really sure I’d take any comments of his to the bank. But, excitingly, this is Ryan’s first big flip-flop. According to Salon, “Ryan, who has proposed and supported legislation that would outlaw abortion with no exception for rape. Ryan has earned a “100 percent pro-life voting record” from the National Right to Life Committee during his 14 years in Congress. NARAL, the pro-choice group, looked at 59 key votes on abortion, and found that Ryan voted the anti-choice position on every single one.
Photo Credit: CBS.com
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