What a week! First Todd Akin steps into a hornets nest with the comment that circled the world (twice!):
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
I practically had a seizure when I read that. Okay, let’s break it down. First “legitimate rape”, what the hell does that mean?! Is there a legitimate reason to force a woman to have sex with you? Not in my world buddy. Second, “the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down”…wha? I mean seriously this guy knows NOTHING about females if he can say this with a straight face. And last, and in my humble opinion most egregious, “but the punishment ought to be of the rapist and not attacking the child”. So choosing not to give birth to your rapist’s child is “attacking” it? I loathe this idea that a child in utero is somehow more valuable and important than the fully grown woman carrying it. This entire thing is just reprehensible. It belittles us women.
So he apologized. He “mis-spoke” in his off the cuff remarks. Yeah you did. You revealed to all the world how little you value women. Akin won’t leave the Senate race because he’s gotten where he is now by standing by his morals. Your morals are repugnant sir. But I’m glad you stayed in the race. The GOP tried to talk you out, Ryan tried to talk you out, even the crackers in the Tea Party tried to talk you out, but you stayed. And now you are just the gift that keeps on giving.
On top of that this week Rick Perry, governor of Texas won a suit to defund Planned Parenthood. Yup, he’s removing them from the Women’s Health Initiative and, get this, calling it a “win for Texas women”. Again I’m flabbergasted. How is removing a low income health provider going to help women in a state with no income tax which is hostile to illegal immigrants and has a governor with his head up his ***?