Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Legitimate Rape?!

Every now and then somebody says something so unbelievably ignorant and stupid that you have to ask yourself, "What were they thinking?"
Case in point, in a recent interview GOP Missouri Rep. Todd Akin stated that "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant because of a biological mechanism that protects them, so abortion isn't necessary. What?! He also said that Doctors have told him that pregnancy from rape is really rare! Akin who is running against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskell now says that he misspoke. But, his opinion was quite clear and most likely represents an indifference to rape victims and women in particular.
According to The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology about 32,000 pregnancies a year are a result of rape. I doubt that any of these victims question the legitimacy or the validity of the heinous crimes to which they fell victim.
Now the Tea Party Republicans are urging Rep. Akin to back out of the election. I suspect that their insistence has less to do with the party being embarrassed and has more to do with the fact that he let the cat out of the bag. He in fact revealed some beliefs that are probably shared by those who support him. These "thoughts" are much more than the rantings of a geriatric politician, although they would have you believe otherwise.


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