“Legitimate rape” and the GOP

The difference between genius and stupidity, somebody once observed, is that genius has its limits.

On Sunday, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri, a Republican congressman who is challenging incumbent Democrat Claire McCaskill for a U.S. Senate seat, told a local TV interviewer that it’s “really rare” for a woman to become pregnant following a rape.

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” the congressman explained.

Wait, it gets worse. Rep. Akin sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

As a female Republican candidate in the June primary here in Los Angeles, I cannot begin to count the number of people who asked me, “Why are you a Republican?” They couldn’t understand why a woman would vote Republican, let alone run for office as one.

We can talk all day long about economic growth, affordable energy and jobs, and then some Neanderthal jackass stands under the GOP banner and says the female body has a mechanical ability to check the credentials of sperm against an official invitation list.

America Wants to Know calls on House Speaker John Boehner, Majority Leader Eric Cantor, Governor Mitt Romney and Rep. Paul Ryan to denounce Rep. Akin’s comments and make clear that his views on “legitimate rape” do not represent the views of the Republican Party. Then they should ask Rep. Akin to apologize for comments that were breathtakingly insensitive to rape victims and offensive to all women.

Susan Shelley posted at 2012-8-20 Category: Uncategorized