Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Barletta and Marino weigh in on "legitimate rape"

Borys has the story

U.S. Rep. Tom Marino joined the growing Republican chorus Tuesday demanding that Rep. Todd Akin drop out as the party's candidate in the Missouri Senate race because of his comments about rape.
"The wounds that victims of rape and their families suffer never completely heal. Whether he meant it or not, Todd Akin's comments were insensitive and cruel," Marino said in a statement. "It is a shame that over the past days victims of rape have had to contemplate his comments and relive their ordeal....There is no gray area in rape," he said. "In the eyes of the law, the line is rightly drawn at 'no' regardless of the situation."

Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Hazleton, was more subdued in his response.
Renita Fennick, his district director, said Barletta disagreed with Akin's comments, "but believes the decision to stay in the Missouri Senate race is up to Rep. Akin, his family and his supporters."

KP: What was offensive about Todd Akin’s comments wasn’t just the suggestion that women’s bodies have some special secretion that knows how to kill rapists’ sperm. What was offensive was that he was marshalling this fake science in the service of the argument that women who get raped shouldn’t have legal access to abortion. Not all Republicans believe the phony science, but they are all running on the platform that abortion should be illegal in all circumstances, with no rape exception.


Anonymous said...

If a person believes that life is sacred, what makes the method of creation, even as horrific as rape, an acceptable excuse for what they may view as murder?
I have always found it odd that many liberals oppose the death penalty but accept abortion, and conservatives are all gun ho to execute someone but are opposed to abortion.
As far as this moron Akins. He may have been thinking about the physiologic response to stress. When couples are trying to conceive they are told to avoid both physical and emotional stressors and rape increases hormones that respond to stress, thus potentially preventing conception.
Funny how a moron congressman puts this out, but what is just as bad is uneducated bloggers and reporters put him down without understanding one of the most basic concepts of physiology.
I hate to put facts into the conversation since abortion is such an emotional issues that neither side has a clue to the others.
Anti abortion people believe that life should be respected and it is wrong to murder that life.
Pro abortion people believe that that fetus/embryo is a parasite which can be disposed of at will

Pope George Ringo said...

Anon: I bet if your daughter, wife or sister was raped and impregnated you would sing a different tune.
Wish I could be on the panel of the Veep debate: I would echo the ghost of Bernard Shaw (where have you gone Bernie????) and simply ask Paul Ryan:

"Congressman Ryan, if Jana Ryan were raped and impregnated, would you support her right to an abortion?"

GOd forbid if they outlaw abortion completely and God forbid if that ever happened to the woman I am willing to bet he would fly her personally to a country where she could get an abortion.
Quoting F. Scott Fitzgerald: "Let me tell you about the very rich. They are very different from you and me."
Nuff said.
God Bless.