So often when I write about politics I find things funny. That’s why I write satire. I find humor has a way of driving my points home. My mind was working overtime trying to come up with something funny to write about what Todd Akin-R said about rape and abortion. Here is what Todd Akin said,
“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist.”
I couldn’t come up with anything funny to write about from this quote. I realized it’s because nothing about this is funny. Rape isn’t funny. Pregnancies as a result of rape aren’t funny.
The only thing a woman tries to “shut down” during a rape are the memories of the rape. Just ask the 12% of all women in the Congo. That’s the percentage of women who have been raped as a tactic of war. http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/may/12/48-women-raped-hour-congo
There is no extensive interview process between our eggs and sperm. It’s not like vetting a VP candidate. It’s simple anatomy. Sperm meets egg and then you have pregnancy. There is no “pushing out” of the pregnancy or a woman’s body shutting down.
The message Todd Akin sent to women is if a pregnancy resulted from your rape, you must not have been really raped. That goes along with the age-old argument that she asked for it. I thought our society had evolved beyond that mentality that a woman was in any way responsible for her rape. By using the qualifier of “legitimate”, Todd Akin just re-victimized women who have been raped.
Maybe Todd Akin made this statement because he knew that his all-or-nothing attitude about abortion would be unpopular with voters? I don’t know what he was thinking. Maybe pointing out what he believes are the minimal number of cases that women would continue to be traumatized by carrying a rape-induced pregnancy would make his extreme position a little more palatable? Only Todd Akin knows what he was thinking when he said what he said. We, the public, are only left to react.
No woman asks to be raped, no matter what the circumstances. Rape is traumatic. Pregnancy from rape is even worse and continues the trauma.
One thing is certain, women can”push-out” a vote for Claire McCaskill in the fall. This is something we women really have control over.