Remember Todd Akin? Remember how he said that abortion restrictions didn’t need exceptions for rape because “legitimate rape” doesn’t result in pregnancy? Remember how he lost a senate race that should have been a cake walk mainly due to that comment?
After the amazing crash and burn Akin performed for the nation back in 2012, you would think that Republicans would learn a lesson from the whole fiasco. You’d be wrong, of course. Why? Damned if I know. Maybe it’s because some of them really believe, with zero evidence, that, ahem, “legitimate” rape is too traumatic to result in conception. Or maybe it is an “ends justify the means” situation, where as long as it results in punishing women for being sexual beings. What, you thought I was going to strike that out and end the sentence with “less abortions?” Why? When has the so-called “pro-life” movement ever supported something with an actual chance of lowering the number of abortions? They can say they care about the unborn child all they want, but until they stop opposing common sense measures, like Colorado’s long term contraception initiative for an example, measures that are actually effective at lowering the rate of abortion, why should any of us give them the benefit of the doubt as to their motives? They aren’t just protesting Planned Parenthood’s abortion facilities; they want it all shut down, because this has much more to do with women’s sexuality than the fate of some fetuses. Nothing should prove that faster than the speed at which they cease caring about the child upon birth.
Whatever their reasons may be, they keep beating that same old drum. Today’s “Wait, What?!?” is brought to you by the Idaho legislature. “I da Ho? Well then close your damn legs, ya slut!”
From The Spokesman-Review:
During the hearing Rep. Pete Nielsen, R-Mountain Home, said, “Now, I’m of the understanding that in many cases of rape it does not involve any pregnancy because of the trauma of the incident. That may be true with incest a little bit.”
Nielsen stood by his remarks after the hearing, saying pregnancy “doesn’t happen as often as it does with consensual sex, because of the trauma involved.”
Asked how he knew that, he said, “That’s information that I’ve had through the years. Whether it’s totally accurate or not, I don’t know.”
He added, “I read a lot of information. I have read it several times. … Being a father of five girls, I’ve explored this a lot.”
Why, may I ask, has this man “explored this a lot”? Hopefully it is for work, and not an attempt to figure out how likely his daughters would be to get pregnant if he…….
The scientific consensus on the issue is that rape is as likely to result in pregnancy as consensual sex, and some studies suggest the rate of pregnancy is higher in rape. A 2003 study that appeared in the scientific journal “Human Nature,” for instance, found that the rate of pregnancy from rape exceeded the rate of pregnancy from consensual sex by a “sizable margin.”
Is it any wonder if a percentage of the anti-choice brigade decides to ignore scientific consensus? Members of the GOP already freely ignore the scientific consensus when it comes to evolution and global warming, what would make this a bridge too far? Of course, in those cases the only people being called “liars” are scientists and biology teachers. I wonder if they stop and think that by holding on to the “legitimate rape doesn’t cause pregnancy” thing that they are directly calling every rape victim who got pregnant from her attack a liar?
Something tells me they just don’t care.