“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Mr. Akin said of pregnancies from rape. “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.”
What you may not yet know, because the Romney/Ryan campaign is working their asses off to keep you from knowing it, is that Paul Akin and Paul Ryan once co-authored a piece of controversial legislation that will forever tie their ideologies on this topic together:
Akin and Ryan were the original co-sponsors of the controversial bill H.R. 3, “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” which initially included language which changed the definition of “rape” to “forcible rape,” until public pressure forced the bill’s supporters to remove that unacceptable and narrow definition. As I wrote previously, Paul Ryan is not just anti-choice, his anti-choice views are extreme and just plain bad for all women.
Linking Ryan to Akin and the idea that there is such a thing as “legitimate rape” based on pseudo-science and folklore is something that needs to be done before the upcoming election. While Team Romney attempted to create distance with Akin, saying that both Romney and Ryan “disagree” with his statements, there was nothing in their statement that said they condemn his remarks as hurtful to victims. There was also nothing in Team Romney’s statement that pointed out that what Akin said about pregnancies resulting from rape being rare is just flat-out wrong.
Ryan was against abortion in all cases including rape until Team Romney’s statement. Romney has said he would get rid of Planned Parenthood and has been moving further right on women’s issues since he was a pro-choice governor of Massachusetts. This could be a huge problem for the Republican ticket in November.
Despite the damage control that the Romney/Ryan campaign will obviously create to handle this mess, do not be fooled, THIS is exactly what Paul Ryan believes to be true. Based on his support for this legislation we can legitimately conclude that he ALSO believes that many women who request an abortion on the grounds of rape, will be lying about the circumstances in order to bypass the law (If such a stringent one is in place where they live) or to protect themselves from the judgment of others, and that most "legitimate" rapes do not result in pregnancy.
Just to be clear, for those who may have been subjected to a sanitized version of history, rape is a time honored practice among conquering forces, once referred to as "the spoils of war," and it was NOT done simply for recreational purposes, but instead to wipe out any traces of their enemies gene pool and replace it with their own. Often even going so far as to murder already pregnant women in order to expedite that process.
Already many fellow Republicans are calling for Todd Akin to drop out of his Senate race, though currently there are no calls for Paul Ryan to do the same.
As you can imagine Akin's Democratic opponent Claire McCaskill has already tweeted her dismay at his remarks, and is using this to her political advantage.
As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases,I'm stunned by Rep Akin's comments about victims this AM bit.ly/NahiHzAnd clearly if Romney keeps Ryan on the ticket, it will be perfectly reasonable for the Obama campaign to do the same. Forget calls for Obama to drop Biden, the REAL question is how can Romney keep Ryan?
— Claire McCaskill (@clairecmc) August 19, 2012