Originally Posted by Northgate
BR - why did you let these clowns derail the thread into abortion and sex education?
The argument is that this asshat is an elected official running for higher office and he should be held accountable for his draconian views on women. They always like to say "both sides have their crazies". Yes. Sure. But their side has them elected to office!
Originally Posted by BR
Yup, Akin doubled down on the idiocy by saying today that he really meant "forcible rape" rather than "legitimate rape". You know, that term that he and Ryan came up with in their attempt to restrict certain kinds of abortions covered by Medicaid? See, Republicans want to have a deep discussion about whether or not the poor girl struggled enough to qualify as "forcible rape" over "well, she sorta liked it rape". Again, bunch of sick fucks.
You know, for some reason I just realized that you're taking at least as much issue with the "legitimate rape" part as you are the medical ignorance. I was listening to/reading coverage of his comments from various sources today, and just realized this was part of the controversy (I really hadn't followed it that closely). To me, this particular part of the controversy is contrived and bogus. It's pretty clear he meant "legitimate rape" as in "a woman was actually raped." I'm not sure why he felt the need to use that term, but I don't see what's so offensive about it. After all, doesn't the pro-choice movement claim exceptions to abortion bans based upon rape/incest would result in false reporting of said crimes?
My problem is with his explanation on the "female body has ways of shutting that down" comment. He claimed today that he "read some articles that turned out to probably be wrong." Come on. I'm not even sure that kind of a comment can be explained at all. He probably just should have said "I had a moment where I said something completely wrong. I realize that women's bodies cannot distinguish between pregnancies as a result of rape vs. consensual sex. I misspoke and I apologize." That MIGHT have done it. But right now, he's in total denial. His own party and Presidential nominee called on him to step down. It's over, champ.
The other angle here though is that the Democrats have started trying to tie Akin to Romney/Ryan and the entire GOP. Their trying to use it to bolster their "war on women" narrative. Typical.