You literally can't make this stuff up. This is what the Regressive Republican nominee for US Senate in Missouri Rep Todd Akin said when asked on a local TV talk show if there should be an acceptation for abortion in the case of rape:
First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.I am not sure what qualifies as a "legitimate rape" versus an "illegitimate rape" in Rep Todd Akin's mind, but rape is rape. Either it happened or it didn't. There isn't a qualifier for rape like 'she had it coming' or 'she's my daughter so I have a right to do it'.
But lets set aside his Taliban attitude towards women for a moment, do we really want a guy in the US Senate that is this utterly ignorant of basic medical science? Does he think woman can merely dispense with birth control measures and simply pray away a pregnancy? Perhaps he would like to explain the approximately 32,000 children born each year due to rape and incest in the US each year? I guess in these cases in Rep. Todd Akin's mind, the women were simply not praying hard enough or they are lying about being raped because they are immoral feminists who don't know their place.
The Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina has in fact studied this very issue of pregnancies rates for rape victims. They determined that rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency. It is a cause of many unwanted pregnancies and is closely linked with family and domestic violence. Further more they state as we address the epidemic of unintended pregnancies in the United States, greater attention and effort should be aimed at preventing and identifying unwanted pregnancies that result from sexual victimization.
Economic policies and morality aside, America can simply not maintain a technological and scientific lead if we continue to elect people who would flunk a third grade science class. Perhaps instead of trying to restrict minorities and students from voting we should require an intelligence test to run for office. In these tough economic times we simply can't afford to suffer fools like Todd Akin, Michele Bachmann, Steve King or Louie Gohmert, we deserve better. Much better.
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