Guess what? I got a fever. And the only prescription...is more of Todd Akin's empty chair on CNN! — Tracy Bloom (@misstracybloom) August 21, 2012
If Piers Morgan asks a tricky question, Todd Akin's body has ways to try to shut that down. — daveweigel (@daveweigel) August 20, 2012
Akin Breakin' in Missouri - Should he Stay or Go?
Todd Akin (R-MO) Needs Legitimate Sex Education
People do get pregnant. It does happen. I just want to apologize to those I have hurt. I've spoken in error. Just because somebody makes a mistake doesn't make them useless.
~ Todd Akin speaking to Mike Huckabee on Monday
I'm announcing today that we're going to stay in. This campaign is more than just one TV interview.
~ Todd Akin speaking to Sean Hannity on Monday
President Obama on Akin's Views, via Huff Post
"The views expressed were offensive," said Obama. "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."
. . . "Although these particular comments have led Governor Romney and other Republicans to distance themselves, I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions, or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape, I think those are broader issues," Obama said. "And that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party."
Todd Akin says he's staying in the Senate race. Which means the GOP will be forced to carry a candidate they do not want to completion. — Will McAvoy (@WillMcAvoyACN) August 20, 2012
Todd Akin is adament that he must carry his candidacy to term after being raped by the leftist media.
— Owen Flanagan (@firehorse1200) August 21, 2012
On this Todd Akin thing, let's keep in mind that he said what many of his ilk truly believe. This is a bigger threat than just 1 guy.
— MissHathaway (@MissHathaway) August 21, 2012
The problem with extreme right wing tea party wackos like Todd Akin is that they are simply delusional and unaware. Surprised if he quits.
— MikeH7 (@MikeH7) August 21, 2012
If anyone hadn't been paying attention to how far right the GOP has gotten on women's issues, Todd Akin just stood up and shouted OVER HERE.
— Clarissa B (@irrplacduckling) August 21, 2012
Excerpt From "Your Body is Doing it Wrong" by Julia Gazdag
I’m assuming this guy has yet to crack a medical text written after the invention of papyrus, which is a shame, considering that the above “medical” “theory” is one of his arguments against legalizing abortion. I find it reassuring that with all the socio-economically pressing issues that affect the general population, there are still politicians who find the time to focus all their energy on legislating their personal beliefs and oppressing women — or as I like to call them, superheroes of multi-tasking!
Akin has more deep thoughts than Jack Handey, as he went on to share, “but let’s assume that maybe [auto-eject enabled by the uteran rape alarm] didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.” Funny how the only person missing from that statement is the woman herself. She’s probably somewhere in the kitchen, being seen and not heard. I hope she bakes some cookies while she’s back there (and makes it snappy!).
In case you were wondering, Akin also opposes criminalizing marital rape (which finally made its way around to all 50 states no sooner than 1993), because he believes it gives women a legal tool to “beat up on the husband” in divorce proceedings. Because that, clearly, is the biggest issue in a divorce that involves marital rape. Won’t someone think of the children? Oh right, a woman’s uterus can tell when husband-sex is unwanted and shuts “that whole thing” down, right? The amount of time this guy is prepared to put into legislating my vagina is making me want to learn another language while teaching myself how to play the violin on a mountain climbing expedition.
Conservatives worry that women will lie about having been raped in order to get an abortion, because apparently we’re all just lining up to get our jollies by having our wombs vacuumed. There’s nothing like that week of pain and nausea, we’ll lie and cheat our way to get our fix! In fact, conservatives seem to spend an awful lot of time worrying about what women do with their lady-bits, and even more energy trying to legislate lady-bits, or else coming up with brilliant wisps of reasoning, like Todd Akin, as to why their efforts are justified. There are various theories as to when an abortion might be acceptable, and when it isn’t.
No. Just no. Why are we making up rules about when it is and is not okay to get an abortion, when the issue at hand is whether or not a woman has jurisdiction over her own body — the body she gestates a child with, the body that she sacrifices and has torn asunder in order to grow life? Anyone willing to have their uterus vacuumed rather than bear a child should probably avoid raising one. As someone sacrificing her physical, psychological and spiritual self, a woman is the only person visionary enough to decide how much of her own life she can pump into another.