First, Ron Paul’s “honest rape”, now Akin’s “legitimate rape”. These aren’t anonymous commenters on Red State, it’s Senate nominees and reasonably high-profile presidential candidates. So, fuck yeah, Ryan-Romney should have to answer for it:
Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin’s claim that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have biological defenses to prevent pregnancy — and therefore don’t need the legal right to have an abortion — is already shaking up the Senate race in the Show Me State.
But it’s also perfectly timed to put heat on the Republican presidential ticket, given the recent selection of Rep. Paul Ryan and his especially conservative views on abortion.
Ryan’s abortion positions were already threatening to break out as a major issue in the campaign as Democrats seek to harness their advantage with women voters. Akin’s comments are likely to thrust a glaring spotlight onto Ryan’s views. (Hours after he made the comments, Akin said he “misspoke” amid a firestorm.)
Ryan and Akin largely agree when it comes to abortion rights. Both believe abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape and incest. Both were co-sponsors of H.R. 3, the 2011 bill that would have limited the federal abortion coverage exemption only to victims of “forcible rape” and women whose physical health was in danger from her pregnancy, closing a supposed loophole in health-of-the-mother exemptions conservatives have been crowing about for years.
Where the fuck do they find these people? Maybe I’m wrong, but all this terminology smacks of “she was asking for it, the way she was dressed” blah blah blah. I thought we were past that.
But we’re not, we’re going to have a Senator who believes that next term. And if the Villagers have their way, we’ll have a beautiful blue-eyed VP who believes it too.