Todd Akin’s bizarre theory of rape and pregnancy has been getting brutal reviews. Perhaps the most succinct is that of Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School, who said, “There are no words for this — it is just nuts.”
There are a lot of crazy people saying crazy things on the internet and there is no sense in wasting time combating all of them. But Erick Erickson is employed by CNN and his defense of Todd Akin’s bizarre comments sheds light on how low the standards of the mainstream media have become when someone whose views are not only hateful but are devoid of logic is given a platform by them.
Here is what Erickson said, following some religious drivel about us coming from dust and babies being stitched up by god in their mothers’ wombs.
Congressman Akin said something dumb and inarticulate. But God bless him for trying to explain why so many Christians do not believe in an exception for rape and believe that to have one could see an increase in the number of claims of rape that are not actual rapes (“legitimate” rapes in his words), but are claims of rape used to justify an abortion when abortion is otherwise prohibited.
This typifies the mindset of those who are so crazily religious that reason fails them. False allegations of rape, like false allegations of any other crime, have been known to occur. But to take that as the norm is crazy. Never mind the reality that women who allege rape have a really tough time proving it, even if they are willing to suffer all the trauma and indignities that accompany making such a charge. To think that women will causally toss out a false allegation of rape (for which they face serious legal consequences) and put someone else, perhaps even someone they know, at risk of jail because they seek an abortion reveals a level of warped thinking that is frankly incomprehensible.