You’re not helping v8

Here is a suggestion for people who oppose abortion in the case of rape: you need to have a better argument than “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin offered that stunning piece of inaccurate bio-babble in an interview on The Jaco Report. When asked if there should be an exception for abortions when the woman is raped, Akin said:

People always want to make it into one of those things — well, how do you slice this particularly tough ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

Yes, of course. The vagina, detecting an unwanted penis, sends enzymes to kill the sperm while the uterus floods itself with acid just in case one of those rape sperms makes it through.

I understand that Akin respects life. Just before he made the above moronic comment, he gave an unprompted rant about the sacristy of life, including a genuinely touching story about a US marine saving an Iraqi soldier because “It’s what we do.” So I do not begrudge Akin his desire to protect life, including the unborn, no matter what.

However, his above comment is so blatantly ignorant that one must imagine he either knows nothing about vaginas or he has never had to explain his position of abortion before. More stunning is that Charles Jaco let the comment slide. It happens about four minutes in the second part of the interview. Instead of challenging that statement or at least asking for some clarification, Jaco pulls a Stephen Colbert and “moves on.”

Akin’s interview prompted immediate criticism, leading him to release this statement:

As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault.  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.  Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.

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. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.

But I also believe that this election is about a wide-range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren.  We’ve had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs.  That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats’ failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead.

If he misspoke, what was the right thing he meant to say?

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6 thoughts on “You’re not helping v8

  1. So lets look at where Todd Akin’s logic, medical perceptions and theology lead.

    1) God made man and women in his own image.
    2) God equips woman with internal biological system to prevent pregnancy after rape – that is “Legitimate Rape” – which would indicate rape where the parties are not married.
    3) There is apparently “Illegitimate Rape” – and if such a rape results in pregnancy it would indicate that that both parties are married or wish to be married – echoing Islamic Sharia law.
    4) Post “Legitimate Rape”, a woman is not biologically programmed to abort the foetus through unproven medical speculation ( I would love to see the ethical argument for Human Studies on the subject ), and so has chosen to be pregnant, and God has made her this way.
    5) God has designed a Female Biological System that does not meet the required proofs proffered for “Intelligent Design” – It’s faulty and badly designed.
    6) If God has been so bad at design, he’s playing Russian Roulette with PIV Rape – and allowing his supporters to cover it up!
    7) If not, GOD apparently sanctions rape as a legitimate route to marriage, and both rapist and victim had better get with this none biblical idea, else face the wrath of GOD.

    The Bible fails to mention GOD ever making comment on rape to any Prophets, or by any other means. This indicates that GOD is indifferent on the subject – and following Mr Atkin’s views it would indicate that GOD has politically avoided the issue due to inherent design flaws traced all the way back to Genesis.

    … I’m still bemused by the “legitimate Rape” concept. I had a look on Wikipedia (Useless as usual) and delved further! It can be traced to 13th century Jurisprudence with all the rational ways that existed then, including witch burning and the joys of the Spanish Inquisition! It can even be traced back to 2nd centenary Rome.

    The idea was even being cited in Samuel Farr’s, Elements of Medical Jurisprudence, 1785 edition and 1814 edition – but lost even that home shortly afterwards. It was once believed that Female Orgasm caused pregnancy … no male required, but the proof was so hard to come by. Any woman who became pregnant did so because she enjoyed the coitus and orgasmed (The orgasm did not need to come from the coitus, and many women spent munch time attempting to get pregnant via lone activity commonly called masturbation) . This was the only way to become pregnant. lack of pleasure prevented conception, which is why so many women were told to look upon the marital bed as a place of suffering… unless they wished to conceive. Disinterest in conception was the best contraception – and conception proof of free will!

    It seems that Mr Todd Akin has a more than a few medical issues and theology issues to deal with. It seems that he even follows and subscribes to Legal Positions that are highly questionable and not even accepted under US law. They were thrown out over 200 year ago!

    It just shows how so many Politicians really should not be allowed out unattended – especially when they are mediaeval in both language and attitudes.

    But then again, Mr Atkins has been intelligently designed by GOD, which makes him a well designed fool! Who says that GOD aint got a sense of humour? P^)

  2. This is a very late comment, but I’m saddened to see this post here — not because I disagree with it, necessarily, but because (to state the obvious) it’s not helping. Posts that are unrelated to the topic of male abuse are one thing (and aren’t bad in and of themselves), but posts like this one, which deal only with abuse against females, predict a future in which TS’s own writings resemble the feminist blog posts addressed in “teh stupid” comments.

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