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Mike Huckabee Finds Silver Lining, Says Rape Can Result In Some “Extraordinary” People

An Exception For Rape
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Rep. Todd Akin says "legitimate rape victims" don't get pregnant. Read More »
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“[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 »

Rep. Todd Akin Asks For “Forgiveness,” Finally Admits Pregnancy Can Result From Rape

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An Exception For Rape
The problem with the anti-abortion movement's "rape exception." Read More »
Todd Akin Asks For Forgiveness

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 »

Republicans Asking Rep. Todd Akin To Drop Out Of Race

  • Republicans are calling on poorly informed Rep. Todd Akin to drop out of his Senatorial race in Missouri.  Like, begging him: Seriously, please, dude. You are making us look terrible. [Huffington Post]
  • Other things Rep. Akin believes to be true about the uterus! [The Awl]
  • And here’s Em and Lo’s send-up of the top five kinds of “illegitimate rape.” [Em & Lo]
  • Just a friendly reminder that in 2007, Mitt Romney said he would be “delighted” to sign a bill banning all abortions nationwide. His statement on Sunday night in response to the Akin incident said he supports abortion in cases of rape and incest. Before that, he identified as pro-choice and attended a Planned Parenthood fundraiser. So, which is it? [BuzzFeed] Keep reading »

“Rape Is Rape”: President Obama On Rep. Todd Akin’s Ludicrous Comments

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“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]

The Soapbox: The Problem With The Anti-Abortion Movement’s “Rape Exception”

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Mother Aborted Me?
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It Was Rape
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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 »

Everyone Thinks Rep. Todd Akin Is A Moron, Except For Those Who Don’t

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Amelia is still down on the floor of her bathroom with her hand mirror, trying to find that anti-pregnancy rape mechanism thingamajig [APRMT] inside that will keep her from getting pregnant if she’s raped. I keep telling her that no such body part actually exists in a woman’s body and Missouri Rep. Todd Akin is just a dumbass, but she is all, like, “No, Jessica! Our elected officials would not lie to us. I will find this thing!” Hmm. I don’t think she’ll get much editing done today.

The good news is that a lot of people have come out to say Rep. Akin’s comments were medically inaccurate — a 1996 study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology found that approximately 32,000 pregnancies each year are the result of rape— and that casting doubt on whether rape is “legitimate” or not is horrible. The bad news is that other people have come out to defend him. Keep reading »

Representative Todd Akin Says “Legitimate Rape Victims” Don’t Get Pregnant

New "Rape" Definition
A new definition of rape has been approved by the FBI. Read More »
I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »
Rape Checklist
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A handy checklist of things that cause rape. Read More »

Exhale. Just give me a moment, would you? I’m trying to relax, get centered, you know? I’ve got a hand mirror and I’m ready to spend some quality time with my vagina and its mysterious, miraculous abilities. See, this weekend, a politician named Todd Akin, a representative for the state of Missouri, said that according to some doctors he’d spoken to, “pregnancy from rape is really rare” and that “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” (If you’re illegitimately raped — you’ll know when you DON’T receive a piece of paper in the mail to file along with your birth certificate and social security card — you’re on your own, I guess.) Keep reading »

Help Support “It Was Rape,” Jennifer Baumgardner’s New Documentary!

I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »
Project Unbreakable
Victims hold signs with of words said before, during, or after the assault. Read More »
Should I Be Scarred?
This woman wonders if she should be more scarred by her date rape. Read More »
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"It Was Rape"

Every two minutes, someone in the United States is sexually assaulted. According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, each year, 207,754 men and women are victims of sexual assault and 54 percent of the instances were not reported to the police. With occurrences of rape this high, filmmaker and author Jennifer Baumgardner needs your help to end the silence through her forthcoming documentary film, “It Was Rape.” Keep reading »

NYPD Officer Accused Of Rape

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  • New York City police officer Arthur Roldan has been accused of raping his 23-year-old ex-girlfriend.  On Tuesday night, Roldan allegedly held the woman — who is pregnant— at gunpoint and knife point and then raped her inside a car in a parking lot. He also allegedly punched her in the face when she initially refused sex. Roldan was charged with two counts of first-degree rape, two counts of second-degree menacing and one count of third-degree assault and released on $20,000 bail. [Gothamist]
  • Film student Sophie Peeters has made a short called “Femme de la Rue” about all the street harassment she faces walking around Brussels. Damn, and I thought NYC was bad. [Guardian UK]
  • A lesbian Chick-fil-A employee speaks out! (Anonymously, duh. Girl ain’t dumb.) [The Daily Beast] Keep reading »

University Of Montana QB Jordan Johnson Charged With Rape

U Of Montana Investigated
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DOJ investigating U of Montana for not properly handling rapes. Read More »
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...that the answer is 'no' when they rape. Read More »
I Was Date Raped
Amelia was date raped in college by a guy she liked. Read More »

Three months ago, the Justice Department launched an investigation into the potential mishandling of sexual assaults at the University of Montana at Missoula. The college, in conjunction with local police, was fingered by the DOJ for not following proper procedures with over 80 sexual assaults — at least two of which included the University of Montana Grizzlies football team. The underlying theory was that the school was perhaps treating its athletes with kid gloves when a sexual assault accusation arose.

Yesterday, a promising advancement was made: the Missoula County District Attorney’s office announced it was charging University of Montana quarterback Jordan Johnson (pictured above), 20, with rape.  Keep reading »

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