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2 years ago  ::  Aug 19, 2012 - 7:24PM #1
IreneAdler
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 Yet another “expert” politician viewpoint regarding abortion in the case of rape.


Missouri Republican claims 'legitimate rape' rarely results in pregnancy


 


And look!  He’s possesses the expertise of a OB/GYN too: “If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down," Akin continued.


From article:


He added: "But let's assume that maybe that didn't work or something. You know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."


In a statement Sunday, Akin wrote that he misspoke in the interview. He maintained his opposition to abortion for victims of rape.


"In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it's clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year," Akin wrote. "Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve."


Somehow, I'm not feeling the love here.


Yutz.


 


Irene.

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2 years ago  ::  Aug 19, 2012 - 7:51PM #2
TemplarS
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There are many people in this world who are ignorant.  One might assume Mr. Akin is no more so than many others.  This in itself is not noteworthy.


The astonishing things are:


1) There are enough other people out there who would vote for such an ignoramus.


2) His party sees fit to install him on the  House Science, Space and Technology Committee.  I'm not from Missouri, and I've never heard of this individual before, so I really don't know for a fact.     But where do you think he might happen to stand on creationism and climate change?  The House SCIENCE committee???!!!



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2 years ago  ::  Aug 19, 2012 - 8:01PM #3
IreneAdler
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Aug 19, 2012 -- 7:51PM, TemplarS wrote:


There are many people in this world who are ignorant.  One might assume Mr. Akin is no more so than many others.  This in itself is not noteworthy.


The astonishing things are:


1) There are enough other people out there who would vote for such an ignoramus.


2) His party sees fit to install him on the  House Science, Space and Technology Committee.  I'm not from Missouri, and I've never heard of this individual before, so I really don't know for a fact.     But where do you think he might happen to stand on creationism and climate change?  The House SCIENCE committee???!!!






Yeah, scary man-for many reasons. He probably thought it was the séance committee.


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2 years ago  ::  Aug 19, 2012 - 11:54PM #4
Erey
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It sounds crazy but a couple of months ago I read this article - it was a bio-medical article, rather scholarly that described how women have these built in mechanisms that help to prevent conception during a rape.  How the sperm in such situations is treated differently - less hospitably by the female body.  I would have to dig up this article.  Something about what the cervix does and the woman's vaginal ph levels are different during a rape. 


Obviously some women do get pregnant by rape - that is undeniable.  But it is also true that rape is probabably the least likely reason a woman would experience a unwanted pregnancy.  I think the stats are like 1% of unwanted pregnancies are rape.


 


Apparently this guy had a anti-abortion agenda to his little fact sharing.  I don't think we can say a woman CANT get pregnant from rape just it is one of the least likely reasons she might get pregnant. 

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2 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2012 - 12:40AM #5
mountain_man
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Not much difference from what another congressMAN said a few years back. It was something like; women being raped don't have their "juices flowing" and cannot get pregnant.


Ah.... here it is:


In 1995, Republican Rep. Henry Aldridge toldthe House Appropriations committee:



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. Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever.



Source


The rest of the article looks good.

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2 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2012 - 5:05AM #6
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I have the misfortune to live in Missouri, where this idiot has quite a following.  He also compares student loans to a stage-3 cancer of socialism on America, is against the minimum wage, and is anti-Social Security.  It's going to be a long, nasty battle with Claire McKaskill for the senate seat.  He respresents everything I despise about the current breed of Republicans.


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2 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2012 - 11:47AM #7
Do_unto_others
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Making thoughtless, idiotic remarks regarding OTHER PEOPLE is what Rethuglicants DO. This should not surprise anyone.
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2 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2012 - 12:03PM #8
DotNotInOz
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Aug 20, 2012 -- 5:05AM, Cowfornow wrote:


I have the misfortune to live in Missouri, where this idiot has quite a following.



Yeah, me, too.


I feel gratitude for the inventor of the remote control mute button every time one of the Rethugs ads blasting McCaskill airs. They're so full of obvious lies that it astounds me that anyone halfway rational would believe them, much less vote for Akin.


But then, critical thinking isn't high on most people's priority list.

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2 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2012 - 12:59PM #9
TemplarS
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This is nothing but one more form of the "blame-the-rape-victim" mentality, it is insulting to my intelligence and it should be insulting to the electorate of the good state of Missouri as well.  I guess we will see come November.


You know, people will complain about how ineffective Obama has been; and you can, honestly, make some cogent arguments in favor of that proposition.


But then you look at people like this Mr. Akin (who represents what passes for mainstream in the Republicans these days), and how in the world can any thinking person consider voting for that as an alternative?  

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2 years ago  ::  Aug 20, 2012 - 1:13PM #10
Girlchristian
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Aug 20, 2012 -- 12:59PM, TemplarS wrote:


This is nothing but one more form of the "blame-the-rape-victim" mentality, it is insulting to my intelligence and it should be insulting to the electorate of the good state of Missouri as well.  I guess we will see come November.


You know, people will complain about how ineffective Obama has been; and you can, honestly, make some cogent arguments in favor of that proposition.


But then you look at people like this Mr. Akin (who represents what passes for mainstream in the Republicans these days), and how in the world can any thinking person consider voting for that as an alternative?  




Republicans are overwhelmingly denouncing Akin and calling him out for his remarks and even going as far as to demand he end his campaign, www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/....


 

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