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Rep. Todd Akin, Missouri’s Republican Senate nominee, caused a public outcry Sunday when he told a local television station that “legitimate rape” rarely leads to pregnancy.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin, the Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, said. ”If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Of course, Akin is both wrong and ignorant which seem to be the prerequisites for any Republican politician. It is worth nothing that Paul Ryan and Todd Akin co-sponsored the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act which stipulated that only women subjected to “forcible rape” would be entitled to government paid abortion.
How does one describe a man who favors imposing more restrictions on rape victims? And how does one describe a person who would cast a vote for a politician who holds such beliefs?
What the hell is wrong with conservatives and the total maniacal agenda they espouse? Every day brings on a new statement or proposal that goes against everything civilized nations have come to understand as being rational and decent. The latest comes from conservative writer Dana Loesch who pathetically defended a bill which was approved by the Virginia state House requiring any woman seeking an abortion to undergo an ultrasound.
As Dahlia Lithwich noted in a Slate piece, most abortions take place during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy which therefore cancels out women having a typical noninvasive type ultrasound most people are accustomed to. Instead, Virginia women seeking an abortion “will be forced to have a transvaginal procedure, in which a probe is inserted into the vagina, and then moved around until an ultrasound image is produced.”
Short version: Virginia women seeking abortions will be subjected to state-sponsored rape.
And then Dana Loesch offered up this piece of perverted logic in defense of the Virgina bill.
That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth. [...] There were individuals saying, “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.
Tell me there is not something seriously wrong with anyone (in this case, a woman!) who equates consensual sex with a state-mandated act which involves inserting a probe inside the vagina of a woman who has not requested the procedure. These people have lost their minds.
On the bright side, let the right make this election all about social issues. Let them take their 1950s outlook and argue against abortion, contraception, women’s rights and same-sex marriage. Let their bigotry and narrow-minded hate shine like a beacon for all to see. Polls clearly indicate that the majority of Americans have moved beyond these issues. All that needs to be done is for those progressive attitudes to show themselves in the polls come November.
Sometimes I’m of the belief that there exists a dark room somewhere where a few selected Republicans and conservatives gather once a day to determine their position on the issues of the day. And I imagine that there is one principle above all others which guides them in their decision making. It is one which has formulated their thinking on gay rights, women’s rights, immigration, health care, the poor…and it reads something like this: Republicans’ position on issues big and small must be the most repulsive, ignorant, narrow-minded, backwards, self-serving (or self-defeating), fear-inducing, anti-American option from all those available.
In short, it must be painfully stupid. Which sort of helps explain this:
During a segment about new rules regarding women in the military, Fox News contributor Liz Trotta attacked the Department of Defense for increasing spending on support programs for victims of sexual assault. Trotta also reacted to a Pentagon report showing a 64% increase in violent sexual assaults since 2006 by stating: “Well, what did they expect? These people are in close contact.”
Trotta began by claiming “we have women once more, the feminist, going, wanting to be warriors and victims at the same time” and later added that feminists “have also directed them, really, to spend a lot of money. They have sexual counselors all over the place, victims’ advocates, sexual response coordinators. … you have this whole bureaucracy upon bureaucracy being built up with all kinds of levels of people to support women in the military who are now being raped too much.”
It kind of takes your breath away, doesn’t it? Even conservative women despise women.
What “did they expect?” Being raped “too much“? That anyone, let alone a woman, could spout off such dehumanizing, verbal trash in this day and age is beyond incomprehensible. Yes I know, Trotta is a Fox News analyst, so expecting anything resembling intelligent commentary is delusional.
Next thing we’ll hear is the current Republican primary frontrunner agreeing with Trotta and declaring that any pregnancy resulting from rape should be considered as a gift from God. Oh wait, I believe Santorum already said that.
Not much one could do with thinking of Trotta’s sort except to call it what it is; misguided, misogynist and dangerous.
A remark from Kansas Republican state Rep. Pete DeGraaf regarding abortion insurance coverage has to rank as one of the most idiotic and insensitive remarks of all time by any politician.
During debate over a law passed by the state legislature which makes it illegal for abortion coverage to be offered in general health plans unless a woman’s life is in danger, Republican Barbara Bollier expressed concern over the measure, one which would force women to purchase abortion-only coverage separately. What happens in the case of rape, she asked. What woman would purchase abortion insurance coverage to cover the possibility that she might one day be brutally raped?
DeGraaf: “We do need to plan ahead, don’t we, in life?”
Bollier: “And so women need to plan ahead for issues that they have no control over with a pregnancy?”
DeGraaf:“I have spare tire on my car. I also have life insurance. I have a lot of things that I plan ahead for.”
I wonder how many women voted for this guy? Or for that matter, voted for the other anti-choice Republicans who in passing this bill have shown such disdain for women. Slowly but surely, Republicans are alienating women, Hispanics, non-Christians, gays and lesbians, minorities of all types and an entire middle class who are at risk of losing their Social Security and Medicare at the hands of these people. If you’re not white, Christian and rich, Republicans don’t have much use for you except every second year when they ask for your vote. The rest of the time, you’re nothing but a nuisance to be trampled upon at will.
In comparing a tragic and life-changing act of rape to the inconvenience of a flat tire, DeGraaf gives credence to the term ReTHUGlican. These people disgust me.