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Akin: Worse Than You Thought

Amanda Marcotte writes at Slate about some old C-SPAN videos of speeches by Todd Akin that reveal that his opposition to reproductive rights is far creepier than you probably know. During one speech on the House floor, he argued that stem cell research would lead to a dark dystopia where people are just numbers, a story written by his own daughter:

My own daughter wrote a little story—I will read it—about step three. “I live with 40 others in a compound, supervised by cool, efficient orderlies. Instead of playing, I stood pondering a troubling dream from the night before. It was of a loving father, giving his child a name. I’ve always been just 5-25-61-B.”

Seriously, what kind of festering fever swamp must one’s mind be to come up with bullshit like that? He also called abortion providers “terrorists” and said that they enjoy performing abortions on women who aren’t pregnant. The whole thing is absolutely twisted and you can view the video at the link above. Anyone who really believes that his idiotic claim about women not getting pregnant from a rape was just him “misspeaking” is living in a fantasy world every bit as crazy as the one he actually lives in.

Comments

  1. StevoR says

    And I think he’ll lose pretty fucking badly too.

    Long with the rest of the Repubs.

    A Democratic party landslide ’bout now is just what the USA needs in my ‘pinion. FWLIW.

  2. ewanmacdonald says

    and said that they enjoy performing abortions on women who aren’t pregnant.

    Whuh… I can’t watch the video right now so… what?

    I mean, the common-or-garden bigotry and stupidity is bad enough, but this doesn’t even make sense.

  3. Troublesome Frog says

    From Adam Serwer on Twitter:

    Have reporters seriously considered the possibility that maybe Todd Akin doesn’t know how babies are made?

    I think that just about sums it up.

  4. says

    Ewamacdonald@3:

    I’ve actually hear that chestnut before, as far back as the 1980’s. It’s a common wing nut belief that abortion providers are sadists and that Planned Parenthood is exploiting women for money. Mort Downey even once claimed that her sent his daughter to a PP clinic for a pregnancy test using a urine sample from his fixed, male dog. After it (allegedly) came back positive, he claimed they immediately tried to talk her into having an abortion..

  5. ewanmacdonald says

    Right, but what I don’t understand is how they would actually carry out an abortion on someone who isn’t pregnant? I guess that’s where the sadism comes in – they’d just simulate it somehow?

    Amazing how these urban myths end up on the national stage.

  6. Yoritomo says

    Seriously, what kind of festering fever swamp must one’s mind be to come up with bullshit like that?

    I take issue with that. You’re insulting quite a few writers of dystopian science fiction, and the whoever invented the Borg (“Seven of Nine” anybody?). If anything, I take issue with the bad writing – how would the narrator even know what a loving father is? History education?

    Basing your policies on dystopian sci-fi written by your daughter, though, is a pretty bad idea…

  7. curtcameron says

    When Akin apologized for misspeaking, he was only wishing that he hadn’t used the term “legitimate rape.” The rest of it, about women not being able to get pregnant (which was the really offensive part), he didn’t back off from.

  8. says

    He also called abortion providers “terrorists” and said that they enjoy performing abortions on women who aren’t pregnant.

    Now there’s something that makes sense. It’s sort of like an only-child committing fratricide. Or burglarizing a homeless person. Or castrating a eunuch.

    I bet the abortionists don’t stop there. I bet they perform abortions on lawn furniture. I bet they abortion on their taxes. I’ve even heard that on Halloween, they hide abortions in the candy they give to children, some of whom they kidnap and abortion.

  9. Chiroptera says

    <i…and said that they enjoy performing abortions on women who aren’t pregnant.

    They sure do. They perform abortions on women who aren’t pregnant because of rape.

  10. lpetrich says

    Seems like Todd Akin’s daughter composed a ripoff of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

  11. Aliasalpha says

    @Area Man “castrating a eunuch” is now my official “well thats pointless” phrase of choice

  12. joe_k says

    I don’t know, lpetrich. Anyone who had read Brave New World would write better than that, surely?

  13. lofgren says

    If people were named with numbers, we would treat numbers like names. Nobody would think “I don’t have a name, I have a number.” They would only think “My name is 5-25-61-B.” Numbers instead of names are only dehumanizing when other people have both.

  14. Uncle Glenny says

    “My name is 5-25-61-B.”

    Well, that’s a jerky name! No wonder all the kids pick on you!

  15. lofgren says

    Well, that’s a jerky name! No wonder all the kids pick on you!

    On the plus side, I never forget my locker combination.

  16. drizzt says

    @lpetrich I was gonna say the same thing, was going to get my copy of the book when I read your comment…

  17. bananacat says

    If people were named with numbers, we would treat numbers like names. Nobody would think “I don’t have a name, I have a number.” They would only think “My name is 5-25-61-B.” Numbers instead of names are only dehumanizing when other people have both.

    Yeah, this is true. Clearly Akin doesn’t understand how human psychology works, which is unsurprising considering how little he understand of reality in general. Throughout history, plenty of people have been named after numbers, especially in Rome. Octavia just means eight, but I doubt the people named that just felt completely meaningless (or if they did, it was not because of the name). There were plenty of others too, but Octavia is the only one I can think of that still survives as a name in its own right, even in cultures that speak other languages.

  18. F says

    Chiroptera

    Indeed, We. Also puts me in mind of THX 1138 or the original THX 1138 4EB. (Only Lucas thing I really like at all.)

    But to mix fictions, I wouldn’t mind building a glass B-Ark ship with which to send the Republicans to the stars.

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