I will admit when I am oblivious to beliefs of religious or political organizations, I am usually not shocked when I hear about them. When I found out what Todd Akin had said, it blew my mind. Not just what he said about “legitimate rape”, but that MANY believe this to be fact. Here is the quote, straight from the horses mouth:
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. [TPM]
Thousands upon thousands of male conservatives believe this. Todd was just keeping it real, because he thought the whole world knew this fallacy. When the shit storm hit the internet and other media outlets, he quickly retracted his statement with this:
In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview, and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. All of us understand that rape can result in pregnancy & I have great empathy for all victims. I regret misspeaking. [Yahoo]
Any rational thinking person would know his first quote was him speaking as though it was fact. Any rational thinking person would also know his second quote was him scared for his political career. It’s a fairly well guarded secret, except for the occasional slip up’s, but doesn’t that make you wonder why it’s a secret thought? Could these people realize that deep down, this might not only be wrong to use this as an excuse against abortion, but that it’s actually wrong anyway?
This man is on the Committee for Science, Space, and Technology. I don’t think he understands the first thing about biology.
– The Secular Nerd