In case you missed the headlines before the inevitable retraction, Todd Akin, a 6-term Republican Congressman who is hoping to defeat Senator Claire McCaskill, demonstrated his extreme anti-abortion stance and, simultaneously, his deep understanding of medicine and female biology with his comments on rape and pregnancy:
“It seems to me first of all 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.”
“Shut the whole thing down?” Where did he get this crap? Doctors? Which doctors would support this idea? The same ones who would insist that women who are raped don’t suffer any ill effects? No injury, no trauma, no pregnancy? Oh, yeah, that’s right–that’s not the standard medical approach to rape.
There are any number of ways that Mr. Akin’ statement can be interpreted–none of them good. Continue reading