“Free birth control led to dramatically lower rates of abortions and teen births, a large study concluded Thursday, offering strong evidence for how a bitterly contested Obama administration policy could benefit women’s health.
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Alyssa Rosenberg at Think Progress had an interesting post yesterday afternoon in which she reported that even Rush Limbaugh has been slamming Congressman Todd Akin’s Henry Aldridge-like claims about rape victims. This is from Limbaugh’s show yesterday:
“He’s not the first guy to say this. I’ve had people tell me that a woman’s body shuts down in rape. There’s no evidence for this. I mean it’s absolutely absurd. This leads to the second problem. This is absurd. That belief that a woman’s body shuts down and the whole notion of “legitimate” “illegitimate” rape, that’s the thing that bothers me about it. That’s just absurd. It’s not intelligent.”
Interestingly and sadly, not everyone on the far right appears to have gotten the memo about dumping on Akin. Rosenberg reports that Mike Huckabee is still defending Akin and that he provided Akin with an opportunity on his show to explain that what he really meant by referring to “legitimate” rape was that women make all sorts of false claims about rape.
Good lord. No wonder even people like Richard Burr are trying to send this dude packing ASAP.
This is a fertilized human egg as pictured under a high-powered microscope. In actuality, it is about 1/10 of a millimeter in size (or 1/10,000th of a meter or 0.00394 inches).
According to a large group of powerful American politicians – including this group of U.S. congressmen and women - this egg (however it was fertilized — even if by an act of extreme and horrifying violence — and whatever the circumstances of the woman carrying it) should have ”all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood” available under the U.S. Constitution.
Right now, Americans are engaged in a fundamental debate as to whether this remarkably extreme and terrifying point of view will hold sway in our country. It is hard to believe that it will, but it will also not go away if people do not stand up and speak out on the matter. Please do so when you get a chance.
(Photo is from the website SciTech Daily.com).
Where do these troubled souls come from? It’s 2012, but the politicans making patently false and often downright crazy statements about human reproduction continue to percolate to the surface.
Fifteen years ago in North Carolina, it was an old man named Henry Aldridge who claimed in a House Commitee that raped women could not get pregnant because the “juices don’t flow.”
Last year, it was conservative House leaders in Washington, including Rep. Paul Ryan, who proposed limiting abortion funding to pregnancies resulting from “forcible” rape.
And now, it’s a major candidate for Senate in Missouri reprising Aldridge’s comments by making absurd claims about pregnancy and “legitimate” rape.
All in all: More compelling proof that our society’s failure to invest in comprehensive, universal sex education is continuing to produce a lot of ill-informed dunderheads.
The next time you find yourself doubting whether it makes a difference to speak up and call out ignorant, and/or reactionary statements and actions by elected officials and and other prominent voices in the public policy arena, consider the following two public statements by New Hanover County Commissioner Ted Davis (as reported by the Wilmington Star News):
March 12 - Chairman Ted Davis said he thought it was a sad day when “taxpayers are asked to pay money to buy for contraceptives” for women having sex without planning responsibly.
“If these young women were responsible people and didn’t have the sex to begin with, we wouldn’t be in this situation,” Davis said.
April 2 – “I now realize that a woman is being responsible when she seeks contraception from the health department.”
The task is huge but we can make a difference. Time to redouble our efforts.