I’m sure many of you have already heard Congressman Todd Akin’s reprehensible statement today, about “legitimate rape.” I am so angry, I could almost throw up. The quote available at this link, in written form, and here on video; in addition, below, is an analysis by Examiner.com‘s Political Buzz specialist, Ryan Witt .
This analysis includes a quote from Romney/Ryan campaign, mildly disagreeing with Akin. Somebody has to do something, and I’m starting one something now.
My belief is that my readers, and all bloggers who read this, should spread the word: Todd Akin’s website does not include an email address, but this is the link to the page where we may write him an email. I am proposing an email bomb — overwhelm his office and him with protest. This is more radical than anything I’ve done, but this man is on the House Committee on Science, for Pete’s sake, appointed there by his Republican buddies, who are now emerging from their offices, (castles, or maybe dens…of iniquity,) to denounce him.
Please, reblog and spread this, even those of you who don’t live in the U.S. The statements Akin made were derogatory toward all women, of every nation.
By: Ryan Witt
Romney/Ryan campaign forced to respond to Todd Akin ‘legitimate rape’ quote
Yesterday, GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s (R-MO) claimed that “legitimate rape” victims do not get pregnant, and argued that abortion should not be legal in such cases. The story quickly exploded, and now the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan campaign is dealing with the aftermath. Late last night the Romney/Ryan campaign released the following statementin response to Akin’s statements:
“Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape.”
The Romney/Ryan campaign’s response will likely not put an end to the story.
First, liberals argue that the statement is hardly a rebuke of Akin. A look back at nearly every statement concerning President Obama contains much harsher language than the statement on Akin’s “legitimate rape” victim claims.
Secondly, Democrats are arguing that Akin’s statement is actually part of a larger trend of “backward thinking” by the GOP on women’s issues. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) co-sponsored legislation with Rep. Akin that would have restricted the definition of rape to “forcible” circumstances. As noted by The Daily Beast, Ryan has refused to make any exceptions to his stance that abortion should be illegal, even in cases where the mother’s health may be in danger. Ryan also co-sponsored the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which defined fertilized eggs as human beings. If passed, the bill would criminalize some forms of birth control and in vitro fertilization.
Akin’s quote ultimately may take the Romney/Ryan campaign off message over the next few days as they are forced to answer questions about Ryan’s voting record and the what abortion rights would look like under a Romney/Ryan administration.