At least they didn’t claim God told them

UPDATE: The GOP wants this guy out, fast. From Karl Rove to Sean Hannity . . . Ann Coulter to The Weekly Standard and National Review – all demanding Aiken withdraw from the race. He says he won’t. I give him 24 hours.

ORIGINAL POST: At least Rep. Todd Aiken isn’t alone. It seems there’s a history to the rape doesn’t cause pregnancy meme, here.

Pennsylvania state Rep. Stephen Freind (R) was an ardent abortion opponent. . . He also looks to be the first legislator to make the argument that rape prevents pregnancy, arguing in the late 1980s that the odds of a pregnancy resulting from rape were “one in millions and millions and millions.”

Try saying that with the Friends, Michelle. Dare ya’!

NOTE: Rape results in pregnancy 4.8% of the time, which corresponds with plain old sex.

His explanation? The trauma of rape causes women to “secrete a certain secretion which has the tendency to kill sperm.” Reproductive health experts immediately denounced those remarks. One told the Philadelphia Inquirer, ”Boy, if I could find out what that [secretion] was, I’d use it as a contraceptive.”

It’s not inconceivable that this could cost the GOP a Senate seat. Even Michelle Malkin is disgusted. She does the partisan dance around it of course – don’t we all – but closes with this:

The question for Republicans in Missouri is whether sticking by self-inflicted-wounded Akin is more important than securing a U.S. Senate majority.

5 responses to “At least they didn’t claim God told them

  1. They’re saving the “God” argument for last.
    I just read in Kos that Akin wants to stay in the race. I can hear Claire McCaskill saying “Thank you, Todd” from here!

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  2. They’re doing the happy dance at Demo HQ! Now what they should do is link this ignorant GOP example to science-denying global climate change and intelligent design.

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  3. I hope he stays in the race and loses, which seems likely after this.

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  4. Don’t let the door hit you on your way out, Aken! The last person we need in a position of power is a cruel misogynist.

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  5. Yeah, add me to the list of people which wouldn’t mind if this magical “secretion” existed. I know, I know, Todd, women are such a mystery.

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