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Monday, August 20, 2012

Out of the woodwork: Missouri Rep. Todd Akin

Posted By on Mon, Aug 20, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Akin, Mr. Science
  • Akin, Mr. Science

Akin, Mr. Science
  • Akin, Mr. Biology

It's hard to believe that in this day and age, there are men who believe that women who are raped don't get pregnant because of some magical chemical that kicks in and makes sperm go bad. It was bad enough when Fay Boozman said "God's little protective shield" (see below) kept women who'd been raped from getting pregnant and then went on to become head of the Arkansas Department of Health. Now we have a U.S. Congressman on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology saying "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Todd Akin: Another misogynist crawls out of the rot.

But then, the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology isn't really about science. Check out its website, using taxpayer money to promote Republican propaganda. Here's what you'll read there: "Republicans Examine Billions in Taxpayer Dollars Spent on Advanced Vehicle Subsidies" / "Republicans Press Administration on Escalating Energy Prices" / "Republicans Question President’s Science Policies and Priorities" / Witnesses Detail Potential of America’s Vast Oil Resources.

It's a new day in America, and a dark one.

Correction: John Brummett coined the "God's little protective shield" phrase attributed to Boozman and has posted on that here. Boozman did say that women were unlikely to become pregnant by a rapist because of fear or some such chemical protection, and later recanted, saying the statistics weren't there to prove it.

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