Let’s jump in, shall we?
Over the weekend Missouri Congressman and candidate for Senate, Todd Akin, indulged in another rancid moment of sharing.
Akin would like to spin it as a verbal malfunction, but…well, he meant what he said he just regrets saying it…and saying something you later regret is extremely different from saying something that inspires bipartisan condemnation because it is inaccurate, medically impossible, and insulting to rape survivors.
And the choir asked… “What did that fool say this time?”
And a bitch replied… Akin was discussing abortion with reporter Charles Jaco when he said…
“If it’s legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin’s statement inspires so many questions.
How does he define “legitimate rape”?
Does a survivor have to be roughed up…would bruises be helpful?
Is he a Phyllis Schlafly-ite on the subject…does he agree with her that a married woman can’t be raped?
How exactly does the female body expel a pregnancy resulting from rape?
Is this a spontaneous act or something triggered after a successful conviction?
I’m dying to hear the answers.
This, my friends, is a public example of what Missouri reproductive justice activists encounter often from folks opposed to women having access to the full range of reproductive health care including abortion.
Medically impossible information they then swear they got from a doctor.
And regular insults followed by callous disregard.
Akin didn’t misspeak.
He just said in public what these conservative fiends say behind closed doors after refusing to allow a vote on legislation that would establish a consistent standard of care in emergency rooms that includes information about emergency contraception.
So don’t give Akin’s presidential wanna-be buddies a pass cause they rebuke his statement.
Until the GOP condemns the policy behind his statement…policies that attempt to block access to emergency contraception…they might as well add an Akin seminar on “legitimate rape” to the GOP convention agenda and own that disgusting shit.