Update: The WH responds and it’s good to see dems hitting the GOP over the head with their own culture war club.
Akin’s comment in which he accidentally told what he really thinks, known in teaparty circles as misspeaking, didn’t come out of nowhere. Just as teajihadists have their own creationist pseudo-biology and their own evangelical pseudo-history, they also have their own reproductive pseudoscience in which rape victims can’t get pregnant. You know, if it’s a legitimate rape and not some loose ungodly slut lying about getting her rockettes off:
TPM – In 1988, Stephen Freind, a state representative in Pennsylvania, defended his no-exceptions anti-abortion stance — as Akin was doing Sunday — by claiming that it was virtually impossible for a woman who is raped to become pregnant. “The odds are one in millions and millions and millions,” Freind said in a debate in March of that year. “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.”
Freind promised to provide scientific documentation of his theory and told a cheering crowd later that month, “If you’re expecting me to back off, the answer is no.”
Seven years later, a state legislator in North Carolina championed the same theory. Henry Aldridge, a Republican state representative, argued for the elimination of a public fund to help poor women pay for abortions by using a similar argument. “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,” Aldridge told the House Appropriations Committee. “Medical authorities agree that this is a rarity, if ever.”
Big surprise, they’ve made up some fake pseudoscience, convinced themselves it’s legit, and by an amazing coinkidink it also supports their political ideology and the tax cuts for billionaires that come along for the ride. How conveeeniient!
It turns innocent rape victims who get pregnant into willing dirty little whores and liars, but sacrifices have to be made for Republican Jesus, yo.
This would make a great question for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: Do you agree with members of your party who claim there are secretions released by raped women that abort any resulting pregnancy?