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Akin to Stay in the Race

Repost of the Week

By Camille Wanliss Ortiz

Repost of the week: “Just Think No” in The New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2012/08/22/opinion/dowd-just-think-no.html

Despite criticism from both sides of the aisle, Rep. Todd Akin has no plans o step away from the Missouri Senate race against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill on the heels of his scandalous remarks on rape and abortion rights. The deadline to remove his name from the ballot passed Tuesday evening. Republicans know that as long as he stays in the race, the controversy will be sure to dog him and the presidential election until November.

Maureen Dowd’s Op-Ed in The New York Times brings up a valid point about Akin not having to leave the race for what he believes in. What he said was not a gaffe. It is the Republican Party platform. Just ask Iowa Rep. Steve King or Mike Huckabee, who have no problem with Akin’s stance.

In several interviews since his remarks, it is interesting that no one has taken Akin to task on what exactly it is that he meant. Akin has only offered veiled apologies in the guise of misspeaking on the topic. But the nation needs the following questions answered:

  1. What is “legitimate rape”? Last year Akin, along with Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan, sponsored legislation that would redefine rape in order to limit federal funding to these victims. Maybe this is a synonym for the “forcible rape” term he coined.
  2. What doctors has he been speaking to? What sources can he cite that back up his claims that pregnancies resulting from rape are rare? A 1996 study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that over 32,000 pregnancies result from rape each year. But I guess to Mr. Akin that’s not so much. The irony is that Akin is on the House Science Committee but can’t seem to grasp the concept of basic biology.
  3. How does a woman’s body have a way to “shut the whole thing down?” Do vaginas come equipped with escape hatches? Are there panic rooms specifically for fallopian tubes? I don’t even.

If Akin were just a lone wolf, it would be easy to write him off. But he is part of the Republican Party pack. It’s indicative of our failure as a nation to have allowed ideology to supersede reality. We have given these intellectually inept extremists, who are so myopic in their views on gender and morality, a platform to spew pseudo-science to the masses, to redefine rape to fit their agenda, to champion less government except in the case of women’s rights.

So what can you do about it? You can start by signing this petition to have Akin removed from the House Science Committee. And if you live in Missouri, send this dude a clear message come November 6th.

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4 thoughts on “Akin to Stay in the Race

  1. Reblogged this on A.K.A. MISSI and commented:
    When I first heard the words of Todd Akin, I could not believe it. “What the Hell is legitimate rape?”

  2. Richard Murray on said:

    I wish to quote you for I think your questions are excellent to this person
    “How does a woman’s body have a way to “shut the whole thing down?” Do vaginas come equipped with escape hatches? Are there panic rooms specifically for fallopian tubes? I don’t even.”

    We haven’t given him a platform for anything. the history of the USA is rife with people who touted their extreme views and were able to have tools to grow and manage movements.
    But, to be fair, I think we have to reevaluate expressions of viewpoints in the USA. Modern media dictates any position taken is to the masses, unbounded, but I find specific audiences are the main focus and the backlash by the antiaudience is expected and if anything desired.
    Romney and Ryan seem like fools to many in media platforms that are philosophically opposed but it must be realized, that they expect the reaction to their stance to be strong, to be bewildered. This empowers their message to those that they wish to cajole.

    I apologize if I am about to seem rude , but the prior commentor’s word I was saddened to read.
    It bothers me when people are shocked or are of disbelief when they read about someone white when you consider the actions by whites against red, firstly, and black, secondly, folk in history of the lands that are now called the USA.

    Really, read the book “Medical Apartheid”, by harriet a washington. I think many people in the USA’s biggest problem is this view that the USA has within it a society that is accepting and decent, merely because for certain individuals in certain situations it has become a decent and accepting place.
    It must be realized one day that this federation of 50 states has many different societies within it. Those societies are all mostly unarmed in comparison to the US Military , and all are afriad of the US Military. But, those societies are in agreement about a lot of things. The President always speaks in terms of WE and while the words are common in the historically popular literature. The idea of a truely massive we is really absent in the history of the USA.
    to this specific issue of womens rights, it must be said, most women didnt burn their bras. Most women didn’t rail against their parents and get a job and live on their own, or have sex outside of marriage. All of the movements concerning women were always minority movements within the society of women garding or gardless of phenotypical racial differences. But, the media and many history books present them as majority movements in the society of women in the USA.

    I love your action motion near the end, that is great thinking.

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