In what has surely become "The shit heard round the world," another GOP soldier in the war on women's reproductive rights has thrown another grenade of verbal diarrhea.
And the shrapnel has splattered far and wide.
Missouri Republican Rep. Todd Akin, appeared on KTVI in an interview ahead of his election face off with incumbent Claire McCaskill (D). When asked his views on whether abortion in the case of pregnancy from rape should be legal, Akin offered up this buttnugget:
"First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
He added: "But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. You know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
Wow. Just wow.
If ever there was a poster child for just what a man doesn't know about female reproduction, this asshat is it. And what is truly frightening is that he is an elected leader, capable of bringing this idiocy, lack of intellect, and dismissive attitude to the governance of our nation.
Let's just start with "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare."
How about you name your sources Akin? I want the doctor who is going to back that statement to proudly come to a microphone and stand beside you. Female conception has to do with CYCLES, not some bodily aversion to attack.
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
A "legitimate rape." Oh, please do expound, Todd. You mean the kind when the woman is beaten to a pulp, has copious amounts of the shredded skin of her attacker under her fingernails? Ooo! Better yet, you mean DEAD? Because in terms of "shutting that whole thing down" death is the only way that's happening. Being dead is a 100% surefire, natural contraceptive.
But let's go back to basics, shall we?
The typical woman's body releases an egg once a month. Nothing hard and fast here, but in a textbook world, typically two weeks before her period. It travels along to the fallopian tube where it waits patiently - roughly 24 hours - for a sperm to swim along and fertilize it. If no sperm comes along, it continues in its travels to the uterus where it basically disintegrates, and the uterine environment which has been set in place by the release of the egg, realizes it won't be needed that month, and a period comes along to clean it all out. (See large display of tampons and pads at your local Walmart.)
THAT is how it works, Todd.
We women don't have some magical ability to circumvent the process. (And DGMS on your brethren Santorum's assertion that rape pregnancies are "gifts from God.") We don't "get the vapors" and have our body shut down the biological process out of fear, stress, or violent intrusion. Believe me, if we had that kind of Harry Potter ability this whole abortion debate would be moot because we would be in complete control of our reproduction and no ill timed or unwanted pregnancies would ever occur.
Yes, yes, yes, I know that idea screws with your side's belief that women view abortion the way they view a new pair of shoes - just something you can get for fun. But it is the truth.
"But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something."
Oh, let's do, Todd. Let's assume some female is brutalized in a park, her home, on a date. Perhaps she is 12 years old and raped in her bedroom by her father. Maybe she is gang raped by a bunch of boys in a locker room. Or she is estranged from her husband and he attacks her because "she's his." And that "maybe it didn't work or something."
You mean, like the 12 year old didn't yet get the memo about her cray cray ability to "shut that whole thing down"? Or the woman was unconscious and couldn't roll the 84 sided dice of fate and summon a Level 5 Ice Dragon to her ovaries? Or maybe she was restrained and couldn't reach her magic wand?
OR MAYBE IT WAS JUST THAT PARTICULAR TIME IN HER CYCLE WHEN AN EGG WAS WAITING IN HER FALLOPIAN TUBE.
Todd Akin's remarks are offensive, yes, but they also need to be seen for what they really are: Ignorance in governance (he is a 6 term congressman), and the continued slippery slope the GOP is pushing women down. Their assault on access to birth control, forced transvaginal ultrasounds, pledge to get rid of Planned Parenthood, and vow to overturn Roe v. Wade.
You know, it is easy to expound this kind of bullshit rhetoric and take hypothetical stances when you know it doesn't touch your life even remotely. Todd, when was the last time you worried about becoming pregnant?
Oh, that's right - YOU HAVE NO OVARIES.
But I bet you have a special little bottle of blue pills in your pocket. Covered by insurance. Because God forbid the old cooters of this country can't continue to get it up into their 90s. Seems to me that Viagra is just as much against God's will as is your belief that abortion is. If your pecker stops working, perhaps God is sending you a message that playtime is over.
Of course, in the face of public outrage over his insensitive, ignorant, bloviating remarks, he has done the predictable political twostep. Say something offensive (or flat out lie), then release a statement that he "misspoke."
This comes today: "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."
Off-the-cuff? No, no, no - you quoted "doctors" who have informed you of how this whole thing works. You made your position clear. And you demeaned anyone who has ever been the victim of a rape.
(Kind of like your remark last year that "at the heart of liberalism really is a hatred for God." You walked that back, too, in a nonapology apology - but your real feelings were out there already. For the record, I am a liberal, I do not hate God. I hate anyone who works to insert religion into governance over an electorate of individuals who are guaranteed by their founding documents to NOT be subject to religious governance.)
And as for your assertion that, "You know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child" - it is NOT YOUR CHOICE TO MAKE.
A woman does not CHOOSE to be raped and become pregnant by her attacker. And if she chooses to abort, that is a legal, personal choice she can make.
Just as it is a legal, personal choice EVERY woman should be able to make.
STOP. STOP making it sound like all women are whores because we use birth control (seriously, just WHO are we having sex with, Todd? MEN.) STOP insinuating that a women decides on an abortion as easily as she chooses a packet of gum. And STOP catering to the religious base with this utter and complete bullshit. Make no mistake - Religious people get raped. Religious people use birth control. And religious people avail themselves of abortions.
54% of rapes go unpreported. Gee, couldn't have anything to do with the shame you bring on the victims, would it, Todd? You know, how we women all secretly want it, want it bad?
The latest available statistics indicate a woman is raped every 2 minutes in this country. Every. Two. Minutes. 207,764 is the estimate per year - and that is only those over 12. Let's not even think about those nasty little 3 year olds enticing their rapists.
97% of rapists will never spend a day in jail. So much for your big balled punishment system.
Your remarks are heinous, Todd. They reek of profound, willful ignorance. YOU reek of profound, willful ignorance.
You have 6 children, Congressman. A couple of them are daughters. I hope they never are held down against their will, and violated so violently.
But then, I'm certain they won't become pregnant. Surely you and your "doctors" have educated them on their magical powers, right?