(By Fay Paxton, cross-posted as The Pragmatic Pundit)
Republicans have been spewing hateful, ignorant nonsense since Obama threw his hat in the ring. They ramped up their Tourette’s after the 2010 election and despite the most racist, anti-homosexual, anti-women, anti-worker and frankly anti-American rhetoric, they’ve been excused with a wink and a nod, and childish postulations that “both sides do it”. So the idea that another Republican said something inflammatory, especially about women, should come as no surprise.
How is Todd Akin able to run for office, anyway? The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that he has been voting from an address where he has not resided for a decade. For a “normal” citizen that would be “felony” voter fraud, worthy of jail time and the loss of voting privileges for life. But clearly, there is no such criteria for politicians. Mitt Romney had the same issue, but he was able to simply change a tax filing and then run for governor. But that’s another issue. The issue at hand is the Republican obsession with women’s reproduction.
Hoping to take down abortion and Obama, Republicans thought they had a winning issue in the debate over “personhood.” Lawmakers in Virginia passed a personhood bill in the House of Delegates; in Oklahoma, the Senate overwhelmingly gave the green light to a similar plan; referendums were introduced twice in Colorado and once in Mississippi. And in at least a dozen states, anti-abortion activists are attempting to place such initiatives on the ballots this year.
The laws are intended to override the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling, Roe v. Wade and effectively prohibit virtually all abortions. It is of interest to note that in 2011, Supreme Court Justice “Broccoli” Scalia argued that women do not have equal protection under the 14th amendment as “people” because men’s rights are guaranteed by specific language in the Constitution, but women’s rights are not mentioned.
It’s no secret that I believe many republican men hate their mothers (even the ones who help them lie). Insensitive, stupid statements have been made across the nation as Republicans try to drag women back to the dark ages. Men who like and respect women don’t have ideas like this:
* Rep. John LaBruzzo of Louisiana proposed that women who receive public welfare benefits receive $1,000 if they voluntarily choose to be sterilized. I suppose that’s better than the government reigniting eugenics, but it strikes me as an odd position for politicians who want to protect an embryo.
* Rep. Dan Burton sponsored an amendment that would promote contraception for wild horses while he voted against contraception for women. I guess impregnating a horse would be a political disaster.
* Rep. Chris Smith of Nevada wants to redefine rape. He feels pregnancies resulting in women who were raped while drugged or extremely intoxicated, mentally incapable, or victims of date rape would not be considered the result of [“forcible rape”]. You drunken retards are just a bunch of shameless hussies.
* South Dakota Rep. Phil Jensen proposed to make homicide permissible if committed by a person “while resisting an attempt to harm” that person’s unborn child or the unborn child of that person’s spouse, partner, parent, or child…making it legal to murder doctors who perform abortions. Pre-natal Stand Your Ground.
* Two Maryland Republican officials, C. Paul Smith and Kirby Delauter, justified their decision to cut Head Start by saying that women should really be married and home with their kids, thus rendering the program unnecessary,
Romney and Ryan both support personhood. In fact, Ryan also cosponsored a federal personhood bill, the Sanctity of Human Life Act, which declares that a fertilized egg is entitled to the exact same legal rights as a human being.
Republicans have actually been crazy for a long time.
In 1988, in an abortion debate Rep. Stephen Freind, R-Delaware County, the Legislature’s leading abortion foe, said:
“It is almost but not quite impossible to become pregnant on the basis of rape. The odds are one in millions and millions and millions. And there is a physical reason for that….Rape, obviously, is a traumatic experience. When that traumatic experience is undergone, a woman secretes a certain secretion, which has a tendency to kill sperm.”
In 1995, Republican Representative Henry Aldridge debated a proposal to eliminate a state abortion fund for poor women:
“The facts show that people who are raped…who are truly raped…the juices don’t flow, the body functions don’t work and they don’t get pregnant…. “Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever.”
In 2003, Democrats sought to block the appointment of James Leon Holmes, a Bush nominee to a Federal Judgeship. Among other things, Holmes had written in a 1997 article that
“concern for rape victims is a red herring because conceptions from rape occur with approximately the same frequency as snowfall in Miami.”
Anyway, I’ve said it before, men have the right to their beliefs, I just don’t want them imposed on me. I respect the opinions of people who speak from experience and have a stake in the outcome of the problem they seek to resolve. To my way of thinking, if they really want to have credibility about the abortion issue, then men should get knocked up. Until then, I for one would appreciate it if they would just shut-up.