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Todd Akin meant exactly what he said and the meaning of his comment was clear. He very confidently put forth the theory that "legitimate" rape victims are far less likely to get pregnant because their bodies shut down. It's an idiotic crackpot belief not rooted in science, to be sure, but Akin believes it as do many others in the anti-abortion movement.
And while it is consistent with the "pro-life" conviction to refuse exceptions for rape and incest, it's a ghastly position. It is horrific to force a girl or woman traumatized by rape to carry a pregnancy to term. But I don't consider favoring a ban on abortion with rape and incest exceptions to be a moderate position, as Jeff Flake and other reactionary right wing politicians pretend it is. The idea that only women who were raped should be allowed to abort is based on the assumption that women who were not raped should be punished with pregnancy, which is frankly grotesque.
The issue I have with most people I've encountered in the so-called "pro-life" movement is their depraved indifference for the women they want to force birth on and the children resulting from it. Sep 9, 2012