Rep. Todd Akin Extols The Wonderous Functions Of Women’s Bodies Post “Legitimate Rape”

These old white men are saying they will DECIDE whether a woman is raped or not.

And NOPE; Paul Ryan & Mitt Romney you don’t get to run away from this muthafucka!

From Think Progress:  

Earlier today, Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) claimed that “legitimate rape” does not often lead to pregnancy because “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” This is not the first time the biologically challenged senate candidate tried to minimize the impact of rape. Last year, Akin joined with GOP vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan as two of the original co-sponsors of the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill which, among other things, introduced the country to the bizarre term “forcible rape.”

….. Although a version of this bill passed the GOP-controlled House, the “forcible rape” language was eventually removed due to widespread public outcry. Paul Ryan, however, believes that the “forcible rape” language does not actually go far enough to force women to carry their rapist’s baby. Ryan believes that abortion should be illegal in all cases except for “cases in which a doctor deems an abortion necessary to save the mother’s life.” So rape survivors are out of luck.

And, of course, as we learned today, Akin isn’t even sure that “legitimate” rape survivors can get pregnant in the first place.

Paul Ryan’s Extreme Abortion Views

TPM:  Romney:  We Disagree With Atkin  

Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign said late Sunday night that Romney and Paul Ryan “disagree” with Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) Sunday comments claiming women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have biology that prevents them from getting pregnant.

“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement. A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” the campaign said in a statement confirmed by TPM.

Akin walked back his comments after a firestorm Sunday. Ryan, Romney’s running mate, has said in the past he opposes abortion even in cases of rape and incest.

Don’t be fooled, ladies. The GOP has long since declared a WAR ON WOMEN, and Romney-Ryan need to clearly go on the record as to where they stand on abortion. But we know they won’t. THEY CAN’T. It’s all lies and smoke-screens from these clowns.

President Obama demonstrates how men treat ALL women:

rikyrah here:

Ametia is right. HELL NO, Willard doesn’t get to run away from Akin…because he can’t RUN AWAY FROM HIS OWN VICE-PRESIDENTIAL CHOICE.

In the GOP WAR ON WOMEN, Paul Ryan isn’t one of the troops: HE’S A GENERAL.


1. Willard has said he backs PERSONHOOD, which would BAN ALL ABORTIONS and most METHODS OF BIRTH CONTROL.
2. Willard hasn’t spoken with his Vice-Presidential Nominee, who is:
a) against abortion in all cases, including RAPE AND INCEST
b) part of the group, along with Akin, that tried to REDEFINE RAPE
c) is the sponsor of the FEDERAL PERSONHOOD AMENDMENT
d) is the sponsor of the FEDERAL INVASIVE ULTRASOUND for women (see Pennsylvania, Virginia, Texas for reference)

So, no, Willard has no credibility.


Thank you Democratic Underground

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25 Responses to Rep. Todd Akin Extols The Wonderous Functions Of Women’s Bodies Post “Legitimate Rape”

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  2. Ametia says:

    Paul Ryan and Todd Akin Partnered On Radical ‘Personhood’ Bill Outlawing Abortion And Many Birth Control Pills

    By Adam Peck and Ian Millhiser posted from
    Think Progress Justice on Aug 20, 2012 at 6:22 pm

    Yesterday, ThinkProgress reported that Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin (R-MO) and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan both cosponsored the bill that introduced America to the despicable term “forcible rape.” As it turns out, this may only be the second most sweeping attack on reproductive freedom that both men partnered on. Ryan and Akin also cosponsored a federal personhood bill, the Sanctity of Human Life Act of 2009, which declares that a fertilized egg is entitled to the exact same legal rights as a human being:

    ) the Congress declares that–

    (A) the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and

    (B) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and

    (2) the Congress affirms that the Congress, each State, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories have the authority to protect the lives of all human beings residing in its respective jurisdictions.

    Lest there be any doubt, this bill is unconstitutional. Congress does not have the power to overrule Roe v. Wade by an ordinary statue, only a constitutional amendment could serve that purpose. Moreover, even if Roe were overruled by the Supreme Court, Ryan and Akin’s bill still attempts to redefine who “the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution” applies to. Again, changing the meaning of the Constitution can only be done through an amendment, not through an ordinary Act of Congress.

  3. Ametia says:

    Source: NBC

    Physicians and rape experts say there’s no way the trauma of rape would prevent pregnancy from occurring.

    “If a woman’s ovaries have already released an egg, she’s just as likely to get pregnant from a rape as she would be from a voluntary encounter,” Dr. Barbara Levy, vice president for health policy at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, told NBC News. “From the biological standpoint, a woman is at risk for pregnancy if she’s at a vulnerable point in her menstrual cycle when the rape occurs.”

    “My first reaction was OMG,” said Dr. Amy Rosenman, an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA. “It’s unbelievable. Stuff like that is from the dark ages…there is no physiologic method that prevents pregnancy in the case of rape. If there is an egg available and there are sperm available and they meet, then pregnancy occurs. The ovary and the ovum cannot differentiate sperm from friend or foe.”

    In fact, each year 32,000 pregancies result from rape each year, according to an article published in 1996 in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

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  4. Ametia says:

    David Axelrod: Todd Akin’s Comments Are ‘Inconvenient’ For Romney-Ryan, ‘Not Inconsistent’

    legislation, it was Paul Ryan,” said Axelrod. “When you look at the legislation that would limit a women’s right to choose, even for victims of rape and incest, that is the Akin-Ryan position. And frankly, by endorsing personhood amendments … Romney has gone there too. This is the prevailing position of the Republican Party.”

    “I think they find Todd Akin’s comment terribly inconvenient,” Axelrod said. “It is very inopportune. But they are certainly not inconsistent, when Ryan joined with him and tried to limit the definition of rape to forcible rape. What does that mean? They are trying to run away from what has been their own position and yet, while Akin’s proposition was particularly egregious and outrageous, on the underlining principle of whether you are going to limit a woman’s right to choose, and how rape victims are dealt with and how they would approach this issue, they are very much in line with hi

    • Ametia says:

      Right on, Axe. The Rethugs want Akin gone, because he told the TRUTH about their extreme agenda. And now that Ryan’s on the Presidential ticket with Romney and Ryan’s hitched to this LUNATICS beliefs, oh well! Too late.

  5. rikyrah says:

    President Obama responds to Todd Akin’s comments about ‘legitimate rape’

  6. rikyrah says:

    Akin tries damage-control mode
    By Steve Benen – Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:30 PM EDT.7

    Over the weekend, Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) created quite a mess for himself discussing pregnancies from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape,” the U.S. Senate candidate said, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

    Appearing on Mike Huckabee’s radio show this afternoon, Akin said he “used the wrong word,” and “was referring to forcible rape,” instead of “legitimate rape.”

    Akin, in other words, doesn’t fully understand why there’s a scandal. Apparently he thinks he’d be fine if only he’d said, “If it’s a forcible rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

    While Akin flounders, the calls for his departure from the race are growing. Though Akin told Huckabee, “I’m not a quitter,” Sens. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) want him to drop out, and GOP officials are generally running from the far-right Missourian as fast as they can.

  7. Ametia says:

    National GOP pulls funding from Todd Akin’s Missouri race in wake of rape comments
    By Nia-Malika Henderson and Paul Kane, Updated: Monday, August 20, 1:00 PMThe Washington Post

    National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman John Cornyn (R-Tex.) informed Rep. Todd Akin on Monday that the national GOP will not spend money to help elect him to the Senate after Akin’s controversial comments about “legitimate rape,” according to an NRSC aide.

    Cornyn also told Akin that, by staying in the race, he is endangering Republicans’ hopes of retaking the majority in the Senate, the aide said.

    Akin had refused to withdraw his Senate campaign earlier Monday as Republicans, hoping to contain damage to the party brand, stampeded away from the staunch anti-abortion Senate candidate after he used the phrase “legitimate rape” in talking about abortion and pregnancy.

    Akin, who has become a flash point of the 2012 campaign, responded to Republicans’ calls for him to drop out during an interview Monday with Mike Huckabee on his radio show.

    The House member from Missouri apologized, calling his remarks “a very, very serious error.”

    “The good people of Missouri nominated me, and I’m not a quitter,”

    YOU’RE A PATHETIC LOSER, TODD AKIN! But stay in the race, so that we can keep tying you to the ROMNEY-RYAN ticket.

  8. Ametia says:

    This shit keeps getting slimier and slimier

    Akin’s Spiritual Mentor: Women Occasionally Invite Rape, Victims Are ‘Hysterical’
    By Zack Beauchamp on Aug 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

    Rep. Todd Akin’s (R-MO) spiritual mentor Reverend D. James Kennedy harbored extreme and sometimes flatly misogynistic views about rape and abortion, according to a ThinkProgress review of Kennedy’s sermons on the topic. The Senate candidate, who set off a massive controversy by claiming this weekend that victims of “legitimate rape” don’t get pregnant, has deep ties to Reverend Kennedy, having cited some of his sermons as key intellectual influences and having been named in Kennedy’s book How Would Jesus Vote? as one of the Reverend’s “favorite statesman.”

    Kennedy, who the Anti-Defamation League has termed a “Christian supremacist,” repeatedly railed against legalized abortion, calling it the “American Holocaust” and suggesting that it would lead inevitably to genocide in the United States. But Kennedy’s discussions of rape and abortion in particular betray extraordinarily disturbing views about rape victims:

    1. Kennedybelieved that rape victims who chose abortion are “hysterical.” In “Abortion: Myths and Realities,” Kennedy labels victims of rape who chose unsafe abortions when safer procedures are illegal “hysterical,” saying “We are told by some of the radical feminists that the women will become hysterical, that they will abort themselves with coat hanger.” Abortion rates are, in fact, higher in nations where the procedure is criminalized, and men describing women whose choices they disapprove of as “hysterical” has a storied sexist history.

    Read on, if you can stomach this shit:

  9. Ametia says:

    DEAR TODD (a most RIGHTEOUS RANT by a registered Republican woman)

    I am a woman, a survivor of rape, and a registered Republican. You have issued an apology for the uneducated “off the cuff” remark you made where you stated “from what I understand from doctors, pregnancy is really rare. If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has a ways to try shut that whole thing down.” Todd, I do not accept your apology!

    The problem that goes to the core of this issue is that no matter what your apology says, you and your friends have left most of your more moderate members behind and traded us in for a very extreme view.

    Number one, women have the right to determine what happens to their body and to not be raped, assaulted, or molested whether that is by a rapist or an elected official who thinks they have the right to dictate what she should do. You and your friends do not want government intrusion into your lives ONLY when it suits your beliefs – period!

    You and your like-minded friends, who do not agree with the Affordable Care Act yell from the roof tops that personal religious freedoms are being infringed upon because it requires women to have access to birth control. What I find so interesting is those same people have no problem creating legislation that does just that to the women of this country. For example, have you forgotten Todd that little piece of legislation that you and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill called “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” a bill which, among other things, introduced the country to this bizarre term “forcible rape,” as if there is some other form of rape?


  10. Ametia says:

    As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases,I’m stunned by Rep Akin’s comments about victims this AM

  11. Ametia says:

    Romney Statement on Abortion Contradicts Ryan’s Earlier Stance
    Source: NYT

    A campaign statement that neither Mitt Romney nor Representative Paul D. Ryan opposes abortion in rape cases contradicts Mr. Ryan’s earlier position on the issue.

    The statement was issued late Sunday in response to a widely condemned comment earlier in the day by Representative Todd Akin, the Republican Senate nominee from Missouri, that in cases of what he called “legitimate rape,’’ women’s bodies reject a pregnancy. Mr. Akin was explaining why he opposes abortion in the case of rape.

    “Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,’’ a Romney campaign spokeswoman, Amanda Henneberg, wrote.

    Although Mr. Romney has stated this position before, Mr. Ryan, a seven-term congressman from Wisconsin, has opposed abortion in the case of rape. During his first run for the seat in 1998, The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported that he opposed abortions in all cases except to save the life of the mother.
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  12. Ametia says:

    Just so we’re CLEAR folks, these DOUCHEBAGS think date rate drugs does not constitue ‘FORCEABLE RAPE.” So it’s not really a LEGITIMATE RAPE. GOT THAT?!

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