And in Missouri, Todd Akin … was asked by a local news source about rape and he said, ‘Look, in a legitimate rape situation’ — and what he meant by legitimate rape was just look, someone can say I was raped: a scared-to-death 15-year-old that becomes impregnated by her boyfriend and then has to tell her parents, that’s pretty tough and might on some occasion say, ‘Hey, I was raped.’ That’s what he meant when he said legitimate rape versus non-legitimate rape. I don’t find anything so horrible about that. But then he went on and said that in a situation of rape, of a legitimate rape, a woman’s body has a way of shutting down so the pregnancy would not occur. He’s partly right on that.
In my world, you don’t get to call yourself ‘pro-life’ and be against common-sense gun control — like banning public access to the kind of semiautomatic assault rifle, designed for warfare, that was used recently in a Colorado theater. You don’t get to call yourself ‘pro-life’ and want to shut down the Environmental Protection Agency, which ensures clean air and clean water, prevents childhood asthma, preserves biodiversity and combats climate change that could disrupt every life on the planet. You don’t get to call yourself ‘pro-life’ and oppose programs like Head Start that provide basic education, health and nutrition for the most disadvantaged children. You can call yourself a ‘pro-conception-to-birth, indifferent-to-life conservative.’ I will never refer to someone who pickets Planned Parenthood but lobbies against common-sense gun laws as ‘pro-life.’
I’ve struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize that life is that gift from god. And even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.
GOP Senate candidate Richard Mourdock on pregnancy that results from rape — it’s a gift from God.
Women’s Health Advocates Do “Call Me Maybe”: The newest embodiment of this unsinkable song comes to us courtesy of the amazingly named CoochWatch: a parody anthem called “Hands Off, Crazy.” These pro-choice crooners have a message for Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli: “It’s my vagina, so hands off, crazy!” (Cuccinelli, like many others in the GOP, stands in ardent opposition of accessible reproductive health — he’s shut down all 23 of Virginia’s abortion clinics.)
2. Roofies: From what I understand from doctors, if roofies are used in a case of “legitimate” rape, or “rape-rape,” the girl’s body has a way of shutting that down and expelling the poison. Unless the girl was drunk, in which case she was asking for it. And if she gets pregnant, you know it wasn’t rape-rape.
First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare … If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.