Akin is Both Wrong and Incorrect–and Not Alone

It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.

Todd Akin said two awful things about rape & pregnancy, and people are so busy focusing on the one he has retracted that they’re totally glossing over the one he–and the rest of the GOP–hasn’t. 

Look, it’s appalling that someone sitting on the Congress’s science committee ever fell for the notion that biology has special intrusion countermeasures against rape-sperm–especially given how easy it is to find out that a fair number of women get pregnant from rape every year. 

I used the wrong words in the wrong way, and for that I apologize.…The fact is, rape can lead to pregnancy. 

But he apologized and retracted half of his statement. If we can’t let people change and learn, they never will. Sure, it might not be genuine, but how about the benefit of the doubt?

No, what people should be focusing on is the second part of Congressperson Akin’s statement, which he has not retracted, and which none of the rest of the GOP has said anything about. He is still asserting that abortion should be illegal, with no exceptions. If there were truth to the notion that no pregnancies arose from rape, then maybe it would be reasonable to not have exceptions allowing abortion in cases of rape. But since he has acknowledged that rape can result in pregnancy, he is now saying that women do get pregnant from being raped, and that doesn’t matter.

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