Trigger Warning: This article covers the topic of rape and sexual assault.
More on the Akin debacle:
Many of you have probably read, or at least heard about the ridiculous comments made by Representative Todd Akin. And many of you probably have also heard or seen a number of responses to his comment, but what does all this bad press mean for the Presidential race?
Paul Ryan has been making a point to place a mountain between himself and Akin, for fear of bad press–certainly not because Ryan has historically also voted against exceptions for rape and health care coverage for abortions, and even sponsored a bill that life starts at conception.
In fact, he and Akin both voted to change the Hyde Amendment (a law that no federal funds can be used for abortions) language to “forcible” rape, which would exclude any rape where the victim isn’t physically beaten (which we all know is the only way rape happens). This limiting definition would make abortions extremely less accessible for many (as if it isn’t hard enough already).
In case you needed another reason not to vote for the Romney/Ryan ticket this November, the 2012 Republican platform supports a full-on constitutional ban on abortion, without exception for rape or incest. While we can’t seem to pin down Romney’s view on… well, anything, at least we can rest assured that Ryan would do his best to ban the one of the most common medical procedures in America. So, Akin’s ludicrous notion of “legitimate” rape isn’t even something they’re interested in making an exception for, anyway.
Some noteworthy responses to Akin:
Eve Ensler, famed for creating The Vagina Monologues, responded to Akin with an eloquently worded, albeit it dripping with hatred and fury, piece pointing out his extremely offensive and wrongful insinuation that a woman’s body can somehow stop rape from a friend, date, pastor, or relative–as long as they don’t beat her. In her reaction, she asks Akin to close his eyes and visualize this hateful, power-driven act happening to him. And then, she asks him to put on the shoes of so many women in this country, and envision what it would be like to carry the product of rape to term and raise it.
As Ensler states, “you’ve just given millions of women a very good reason to make sure you never get elected again, and an insanely good reason to rise.” Politicians like Akin, Romney and Ryan are giving women plenty to rise against.
Click here to see some awesome grannies telling Akin how women’s bodies work.