Leading Missouri Senate Candidate to Women: If you get pregnant, you weren’t really raped
This really should be a Blinded Trials shoot down, but since the good Doctor is away on a well-deserved holiday with husband and critter, I’ll go ahead and take the uncontested shot from the post.
In what has to be the most amazing combination of junk science and assumption that victims of rapes are just asking for it that I have ever seen, United States Senate candidate Todd Akin (R-Missouri) claims that when women are forcibly raped, they are incapable of making babies. If they do end up pregnant, it proves that they weren’t “legitimately” raped at all.
There is of course an argument to be made that since an unborn child is a person, you should not abort a pregnancy even in the case of rape. I do not agree with that argument, but I certainly get the moral logic behind it. This, however, is a different animal altogether.
Akins seems to believe that if you get pregnant, it’s proof that you weren’t really raped at all – because clearly a woman’s naughty bits don’t work unless she’s either married or a slut. Presumably, ladies, your bodies’ ability to allow eggs to be fertilized is also somewhat determined upon the size of your heels, the length of your skirt, and whether or not that push-up bra really lifts and separates.
I googled “women who are raped can’t get pregnant,” and it turns out this belief has a surprisingly rich history. In 1995, North Carolina Rep Henry Aldridge (R), not a doctor, testified that “the facts show that people who are raped — who are truly raped — the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant.” In 1988, Pennsylvania Rep Stephen Freind (R), not a doctor, assured the public that “rape, obviously, is a traumatic experience. When that traumatic experience is undergone, a woman secretes a certain secretion, which has a tendency to kill sperm.”
The tremendously galling thing about this line of thinking is that it is the natural pseudoscience evolution of the old misogynist line that if a guy raped a girl, she must have been asking for it.
The GOP is always telling anyone who’ll listen that the idea of a War on Women is a Liberal lie, as much of a fiction as a “war on caterpillars.” And that might actually be the case. But in order for them to shed their reputation among women as the party that works against female interests, they really need to stop telling men that women who
use birth control think birth control should be covered by healthcare plans are sluts that should be required to video tape themselves having sex, comparing rape to changing a tire, and – for God’s sake – claiming that medical science shows that pregnancy proves that a woman really wanted to be raped.
Oh, and it should be noted: The fine people of Missouri? It looks today like they’re actually going to make this guy a member of the United States Senate.