Rep. Trent Franks, one of the most far-right members of Congress, is pushing a bill to ban all abortions after 20 weeks (which will pass, but it’s purely a symbolic vote because it will fail in the Senate or be vetoed by Obama). And in defending it, he’s saying the same thing Todd Akin said:
Rep. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.), whose measure banning abortions after 20 weeks was being considered in the House Judiciary Committee, argued against a Democratic amendment to make exceptions for rape and incest by suggesting that pregnancy from rape is rare.
“Before, when my friends on the left side of the aisle here tried to make rape and incest the subject — because, you know, the incidence of rape resulting in pregnancy are very low,” Franks said.
This is what I mean when I point out that Todd Akin did not “misspeak” when he said that a woman’s body can shut down during a rape to prevent pregnancy. He accurately stated what he believes to be true. This is a very common belief among the Christian right, another myth they have swallowed whole because it fits what wish were true.