Social Conservatives, Including FRC Head Tony Perkins, Defending Rep. Todd Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment

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Social Conservatives, Including FRC Head Tony Perkins, Defending Rep. Todd Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Social conservatives are coming out to defend Rep. Todd Akin over his despicable ‘legitimate rape’ comments, including Tony Perkins, head of Family Research Council, that was the target of a shooting by Floyd Corkins II. Nice try dragging comedienne Whoopi Goldberg into this dogfight. I didn’t realize she was running for elected office or even the presidency. Here’s the list of hypocrites supporting Todd Akin:

1. Erick Erickson. The RedState honcho and CNN contributor excused Akin’s scientifically illiterate remarks as simply “inarticulate” and then accused President Obama of being pro-infanticide, saying: “the people horrid by Todd Akin’s remarks are, I’m sure, thrilled to have a President who defended infanticide. I’ll take Todd Akin’s inarticulate remarks over an infanticide supporter any day of the week.” Somewhat ironically, Erickson is now claiming that Akin will withdraw from the race.

2. Tony Perkins. The head of the Family Research Council said “we support [Akin] fully and completely” and that “I think that Todd Akin is getting a really bad break here.”

3. Chris and Dana Loesch. The conservative commentary power couple both lept to Akin’s defense. Chris claimed that “what [Akin] said was medically correct” while Dana wrote that Akin’s comments were less bad than his opponent Claire McCaskill’s record by “any real standard of measurement.”

4. Bryan Fischer. The American Family Association’s “director of issue analysis”straight-up defended Akin’s position, tweeting “Todd Akin is right: physical trauma of forcible rape can interfere w/ hormonal production, conception.”

5. Marjorie Dannenfelser. The head of the anti-abortion Susan B. Anthony listsaid that “We are proud to support Congressman Akin,” but later backtracked, amending her statement to “Congressman Akin has been an excellent partner in the fight for the unborn.”

6. Glenn Reynolds. The popular pundit and law professor simply wrote “BY THE TIME I NOTICED THIS STORY, IT WAS OVER, but Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” remarks pale in comparison with Whoopi Goldberg’s.” Source:  Think Progress

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists has issued a statement on Todd Akin’s claim that women who are raped have ‘mechanisms’ to terminate “legitimate rape” sperm: ACOG – Statement on Rape and Pregnancy:

Washington, DC — Recent remarks by a member of the US House of Representatives suggesting that “women who are victims of ‘legitimate rape’ rarely get pregnant” are medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous.

Each year in the US, 10,000–15,000 abortions occur among women whose pregnancies are a result of reported rape or incest. An unknown number of pregnancies resulting from rape are carried to term. There is absolutely no veracity to the claim that “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.” A woman who is raped has no control over ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized egg (ie, pregnancy). To suggest otherwise contradicts basic biological truths.

Any person forced to submit to sexual intercourse against his or her will is the victim of rape, a heinous crime. There are no varying degrees of rape. To suggest otherwise is inaccurate and insulting and minimizes the serious physical and psychological repercussions for all victims of rape.

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  • Wow Janet – this one story has gotten far more coverage from you than any other story in recent memory (besides a general trend of trashing Mitt Romney at any opportunity that you can)

    Is there a tag called “Barack Obama buddy” or “Obama Warmongerer” tag that you have ever used?

    Todd Akin is a strong “Anti-Abortion Advocate”. He tried to drive his beliefs into his answer for the question and used a very poor choice of words.

    “Legitimate Rape”? Funny how this word is so offensive to you but the “Hope And Change” that you bought into STILL has your passions despite the disappointments.

    It was interesting listening to local (Black) talk radio yesterday. While the balance of the callers used this incident to bring up Republicans and White Racism – several women called in to tell of having produced a child that was a product of rape. A local Progressive judge in Atlanta tells of herself as a product of rape.

    Some made note of how IF there was abortion during slavery many Blacks would have been aborted.

    It is shameful how much what passes as “Black Political Discourse” is really little more than partisan banter. If people were truthful in understanding WHY our community remains lacking in areas that we would prefer to see improvement upon – look no further than the HATRED that passes for “resolve”, which steals our energy and places it into politics.