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What GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin of Missouri offered up as gynocological-psycho-babble the other day is really not the heart of the story. Here's what Akin said that created the call for him to step down from the race against sitting Senator, Claire McCaskill....
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
22,000 women who were raped last year became pregnant.
The real story here is not Todd Akin's pseudo-understanding of how ladyparts function and so forth. The real story is found in the fact that Missourians are still prepared to put Todd Akin in the U.S. Senate. Polls following Akin's Marcus Welby MD moment still show Akin leading over current Senator, Claire McCaskill.
Of course the bigger story.....which corporate media refuses to mention because it would be a sign of taking sides.....is that today's GOP has moved so far to the extremes that now cases of rape or incest are no longer considered exceptions to the party's 'no abortions' policies. Quite frankly, I don't understand this particular feature of the Republican Party's move to the extremes.
It's also important to note that Todd Akin co-sponsored a bill with.....Paul Ryan....called the "personhood amendment".....Sanctity of Human Life Act....which would outlaw all abortions, including in the cases of pregnancies caused from rape and incest, except in the rare case where the life of the female is in jeopardy. "Personhood" laws are so radically extreme.....so nucking futs....that a personhood state initiative in Mississippi was voted DOWN last year.
Many conservative voters and advocates resented Democrats when they called what Republicans were doing in passing over 100 state bills in the last year and a half to limit a woman's right to choose part of a larger "war on women" by the GOP. The sanctimonious faux-outrage by the extreme right over women having access to no-co-pay contraception through Obamacare was also considered as a battle against female autonomy in the conservative "war on women."
Well, how about forcing a victim of rape or incest to carry her rapist's child to term? What should that be called? How does the conservative movement avoid the claim that they are waging war against women when its members call for the enslavement of women to the destinies that their rapists have determined for them against their own wills?
To hear Todd Akin's gibberish about the rape of women is insulting to all women everywhere. But the much larger insult....the much bigger, and uglier, picture here is the ongoing paternalistic war on women being waged by Todd Akin's political party.
Akin will not step aside even though Holy Mitt is calling for him to do so. And in a way I don't blame Todd Akin. All he did was give voice to the now-mainstream policies of the most radical Republican Party in our nation's history.
If you care anything at all about the females in your life.....you most certainly should not vote for any Republicans.
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