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!


  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.


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


  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.


  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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