The GOP etch-a-sketch team is currently on red alert, trying to make the public relations problem created by Congressman (and candidate for US Senate) Todd Akin go away. Akin’s offense? Suggesting that victims of “legitimate rape” are unlikely to get pregnant.

Here’s the latest fallout from Akin’s unfortunate statement:

  • RNC Chair Reince Preibus doesn’t want him at the GOP convention.
  • Speaker John Boehner has suggested he think about his political future.
  • And Mitt Romney said his comments were “insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong.”

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin

Akin’s beliefs about the magical powers of a woman’s body under stress may be out of step with the GOP majority, but he is exactly on message with the other half of his statement. In the view of today’s GOP, some rapes are “legitmate” and some are not.

When asked to clarify what he meant by “legtimate,” Akin explained:

“I was talking about forcible rape,” he said. “I used the wrong word.”

Forcible rape? To make sense of that, you must get to know a bill introduced last year, co-sponsored by Akin and current Romney running-mate Paul Ryan called the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act (HR3), which included the following language carving out an exception to a ban on abortions paid for by Medicaid:

Sec. 309 (1) – if the pregnancy occurred because the pregnant female was the subject of an act of forcible rape

The bill would sharply limit the definition of rape, excluding ‘statutory’ rapes of young girls, date rape, rape involving drugs or alcohol impairment, or where a woman’s mental capacity is otherwise limited.

In other words, Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney’s running mate, agrees with Todd Akin that the popular definition of rape is far too broad and needs to be narrowed. And so do 222 other members of Congress, including 11 from Ohio.

And those members are:

Steve Austria, Steve Chabot, Bob Gibbs, Jim Jordan, Steve Latourette, Bob Latta, Jean Schmidt, Mike Turner, Pat Tiberi, Steve Stivers and Bill Johnson.

This is 100% in lockstep with official Republican party policy. The GOP believe that far too many women are having the other, non-legitimate type of rapes and taking advantage of it to get free, taxpayer-funded abortions. (damn, girls, they’re on to us!)

And, reports suggest that next week at the RNC, we’ll see an anti-abortion plank with no exception for rape, forcible or otherwise.

Who is the genius who thought that was a good idea, post-Akin? The Chair of the RNC platform drafting committee, Bob “forced vaginal ultrasounds” McDonnell. Seriously, you can’t even make this stuff up.

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  • If you are talking about the Governor of Virginia in the last paragraph, it’s Bob McDonnell. Unless of course the McDonalds clown is writing the GOP platform. Which wouldn’t surprise.

  • pb_dirtgirl

    Oh, you’re right. I have the wrong clown!

  • oldmomma

    What’s that I hear?….nails in the GOP coffin….

  • clambake

    The pearl clutching would be more believable if Democrats had not poured 1.5 million into the primary to ensure that Akin would be the Republican challenger in the general election.
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/why-todd-akins-win-gives-democrats-hope-in-missouri/2012/08/08/6e0246b8-e16c-11e1-
    ae7f-d2a13e249eb2_blog.html

    I’m tired of women’s issues being used as a wedge issue.

  • oldmomma

    clambake, it was a political move on the part of the mccaskill campaign….they wanted him to be her opponent, knowing full well he was an extreme right nut bag and eventually he would say something stupid
    ……i’m thinking it’s worked for claire…..

  • oldmomma

    as for the “wedge issue” comment…..i will take that to mean you’re NOT a female….suffice it to say, MOST women don’t want to go back to a reproductive life from the 40’s & 50’s….at least that’s not what I want for my daughters….

  • clambake

    No, what I mean is that I would prefer that the Democrats were not complicit in promoting these extreme views– yes, great fundraising opportunity and all but I would prefer that things such as paternalistic parental notification laws and waiting periods do not become the default “moderate” view.
    You can say you don’t want to go back to the 40’s and 50’s but for many women, for all intents and purposes we might as well be in the 40’s and 50’s. There are some states that do not have a single abortion provider. And, of course if you don’t have any money you don’t have a choice.

  • clambake

    BTW: Here her record on abortion rights votes in the senate:
    http://votesmart.org/candidate/key-votes/2109/claire-mccaskill/2/abortion-issues

  • clambake

    And it appears the president knew in 2007 that he would be running for president so shied away from controversial votes. Or something: http://votesmart.org/candidate/9490/barack-obama-ii?categoryId=2

  • pb_dirtgirl

    I’m not pearl clutching. He is a caveman for whom I wouldn’t vote if you paid me. But if the Dem strategy works to get him out of office, I’m all for it.

  • pb_dirtgirl

    here’s the thing. In Ohio we have plenty of DEMOCRATS who vote this way. They are only too happy to help the GOP unravel all the progress we’ve made for the last 4 decades. Sometimes it takes highlighting these extreme cases like Akin to get the average voter to pay attention and stop electing anyone who won’t fight for what’s right. They’re not all Akins, but we sure have a lot of Lorraine Fende’s out there, which is just about as bad.

  • annekarima53

    I don’t understand this at all – the guy’s sick philosophy that is. Whatever happened to let’s find the guys that do this evil deed and hold them responsible for the evil they have committed. The woman ought not to have to bear a reminder of the horrid event, nor ought the man get away without a price to pay.

  • Craig Miles

    ummm no, not at all….why would you think that? people really truely don’t care in any number large enough to change a percentage point come november

  • Ramona Hauenstein

    It’s not a “wedge” issue. This is what these people truly think. Women and children are property and to be used as men see fit. This just really brought it into some focus. If you don’t think the war on women is real, I really question how informed you are.

  • clambake

    If you don’t think that this is political theater and do believe that Senator McCaskill is a strong proponent of abortion rights, then I question how informed you really are.

  • clambake

    we’ll see an anti-abortion plank with no exception for rape, forcible or otherwise.
    Actually when anti choice activists show they are willing to carve out an exemption for rape, this belies their true motives- punishing women for the act of sex. After all, if they are against abortion and feel that it is murder why should they make an exception for rape?

  • clambake

    Actually, as far as her record goes it is good but hard to tell from the name of the legislation that she voted on.

  • Ramona Hauenstein

    I’m not defending Senator McCaskill one way or the other nor did I mention her. I am stating that this is the mentality of the current Republican/TEA Party. Obviously, there are women who support them. There are Democrats that that have beliefs that aren’t much better. He has every right to bring up McCaskill’s voting record on abortion issues or whatever. But this was not a “misstep”. This is actually what he believes. There is “legitimate” rape (very few actual cases) and the rest are women lying to get back at the man or so they don’t look like sluts, or whatever the case may be.

  • David Bersen

    People are so sick of these irresponsible comments. please boot this guys ASAP! This cause to boot him has spread across Facebook.

    http://www.youstand.com/cause/82112/remove-todd-akin-from-the-house-science-committee

  • clambake

    Yes, I agree that the whole idea of there being a class of “legitimate” rape is truly what he believes. He’s pretty awful and It would be best if he returned to the rock he crawled out under from.
    But as we’ve seen that he is all about saving the babies if he wins I shall look forward to his strong voice against Iran sanctions, drone warfare, and the drug war. Not.

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