There is so much awful and stupid in this story: GOP Senate nominee: Women don’t get pregnant from ‘legitimate’ rapes | The Raw Story. As one person noted online, beating me to it, this is the pregnancy version of drowning a woman to find out if she is a witch. If she gets pregnant, she must have actually wanted sex.
I would sigh, but that just seems too mild for this type of misogyny. All from a guy who has a BS in "management engineering" and clearly didn't, as SOF noted, attend his elementary school "life science" class. But worse than misunderstanding how reproduction works, this is the other side of the idea that women are asking to be raped. "Look how she dressed," or "what was she doing walking in a dark alley," or "how dare she have breasts."
All to stop women from having abortions. This really makes clear that this not about abortion, per se, but about keeping control of women and their fertility. This is anti-women far more than anti-abortion.
And this guy isn't the first. Here is a story from 1988, but that isn't the only one. A doctor in 2006 said that "women are not fertile during an attack." Nor is this the only stupid and hateful thing Akin believes. He also believes the morning after pill causes abortions, even though the science says otherwise.
But here is the thing. Todd Akin looks like a toad. I am not trying to be mean, but he looks awful on tv and in print. I am guessing that the American people, including my conservative evangelical friends will find his statements odious and wrong. They will denounce them (oh Sweet Jesus, I hope so) and decide that Akin is not a good example of Republican thought.
Ah, but here is the rub. Not only did Paul Ryan (does not look like a toad) endorse Akin in his primary bid and speak eloquently about Akin's leadership in the house, the GOP vice presidential candidate also worked closely with the toad to redefine rape downward. To keep women from getting an abortion on Medicaid or other federal funding, Ryan and Akin worked together to redefine rape to only mean "forcible rape," which many observers noted would eliminate all sorts of awful situations. Statutory rape, which can mean, of course, an 18 year old and a 16 year old, but can also mean a 30 year old man with a 13 year old girl--statutory rape wouldn't qualify as "forcible." Nor would date rape or taking advantage of a mentally challenged woman.
So, while many conservative Christians will, undoubtedly, pat themselves on the back for standing up to Todd Akin this morning (and who knows how many will defend him out of tribal loyalty), they will all speak highly of Paul Ryan and not seem to connect that the difference between the two is not ideology or belief, but appearance. One doesn't look like a toad. He just advocates the same misogyny as the toad does.