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.
— 12.28 (@TruthBToldpoet) August 20, 2012
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.”
Akin should have said “rape rape” or “It depends on what the meaning of the words ‘is’ is.”
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 20, 2012
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.”
What Akin meant by “legitimate rape:” actual forcible rape, not consensual sex that later gets called rape. Come on, people.
— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) August 20, 2012
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.