“[Gospel singer] Ethel Waters, for example, was the result of a forcible rape. I used to work for James Robison back in the 1970s, he leads a large Christian organization. He, himself, was the result of a forcible rape. And so I know it happens, and yet even from those horrible, horrible tragedies of rape, which are inexcusable and indefensible, life has come and sometimes, you know, those people are able to do extraordinary things.”
– Sit down, Mike Huckabee. No, really, sit down. First, I’m relieved that you are, apparently, not from the Rep. Todd Akin School of Thought which says “legitimate rape victims” spew pregnancy-preventing venom. That’s something, I suppose. And I’m not questioning the loveliness of the two people you used as examples of rape babies who grew up to be upstanding citizens. I am, however, questioning your insistence on turning lemons into lemonade when it comes to the subject of rape. No matter how sweet you try to make it sound, you might as well just make a list of awesome people the world wouldn’t have had without rape. Thanks, rapists, for giving us these extraordinary people! I mean, Ethel Waters! Imagine if her mother hadn’t been raped. Would have been a total bummer, right? Phew! Keep reading »
Well, I guess I can finally put away my hand mirror. My wrist was starting cramp up and I think I threw out my back. See, I’ve spent the last 36 or so hours looking for my APRMT — that stands for Anti-Pregnancy Rape Mechanism Thingmajig — which Rep. Todd Akin said kicks in when a woman is “legitimately” raped in order to prevent pregnancy. But I guess, 36 hours later, he’s finally admitting rape can result for pregnancy and the APRMT doesn’t exist? Well, what took him so long? I mean, I know yesterday he clarified that he thinks rape is terrible. (How kind of him.) But it wasn’t until the message above, in which he asks for forgiveness, that he actually admits that the information he presented as FACT — that doctors had told him “the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down” — is actually not true. Thanks for getting around to it, Rep. Akin. I know you’re busy! Keep reading »
“The views expressed were offensive. Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me. So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women.”
– President Barack Obama, on completely asinine comments made by Representative Todd Akin over the weekend, that women who experience what Akin-termed as “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant. In other news, feel free to send campaign contributions to Akin’s Senate opponent Claire McCaskill to make sure this bozo doesn’t get another term. [Huffington Post]
This weekend, a Missouri Congressman and Senate candidate, Todd Akin, infuriated people everywhere when he claimed that victims of “legitimate rape” do not become pregnant. He was explaining his belief that abortion should be outlawed even in cases of rape. Apparently, Akin believes that the female body has ways to “shut that whole thing down,” if the woman involved didn’t really want to have sex. Nevermind that according to a 1996 study by the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, approximately 32,101 pregnancies occur due to rape every year in this country.
The response to Akin’s disgusting remarks has been fast. After the initial wave of outrage, the Congressman released a statement saying that he “misspoke” but continuing to defend his extreme views on abortion. Akin clarified, “I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action.” Keep reading »
This piece first appeared on Eyelid’s LiveJournal and has been reprinted with her permission. You can read some clarifying background info here.
So uh, don’t freak out, but I was pregnant and had to have an abortion last weekend.
Yes, yes I know, my uterus is ruled by Murphy’s Law. Patrick and I both thought it was pretty funny, in that “oh, life” way, when it occurred to me a few days after I missed my period why I wasn’t bleeding.
Being first-trimester crazy (I have fits of horrific rage, I get depressed, I can’t sleep, I can’t concentrate) has made everything more difficult these last couple weeks. Having an abortion is really not that big of a deal, but it would be even less of a deal if one were not suffering from overhormones when it’s all going down.
I didn’t really waffle at all on it. Patrick and I are both exhausted. When we are at home dealing with the kids, someone constantly needs something (or many people need things at once), and then there’s cleaning up after four kids, etc. We already should do more for our kids than we do. There is no way we can deal with another pregnancy or baby on top of one-year-old twins, two older children, work, and life. I could feel Patrick’s terror at the thought; he’s already on his last nerve. It would also be very difficult to afford. and where would we put another baby? Keep reading »