Abortion craziness

Well, this is interesting:

Rep. Todd Akin, the newly-christened GOP Senate nominee in Missouri, said in an interview airing Sunday that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

The Post notes that he is not alone in this idiotic belief and there’s a reason for it. There’s a natural tendency to believe that what you’re doing is not hurting ‘good’ people and here it’s made explicit–if you become pregnant, either you weren’t raped or you weren’t a ‘good’ person so you deserve what happens. Most people know that such a simplistic idea is wrong, but some people (mostly religious conservatives) never get past this fairy tale.

Romney and Ryan, of course, denounce the statement (as does Akin and no Mr. Akin you did not misspeak, it’s obviously what you believe), but the goal isn’t that far from what Ryan wants. Here’s a bill he and Akin, among other Republicans, tried to pass:

(B) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological develop ment, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and (2) the Congress affirms that the Congress, each State, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories have the authority to protect the lives of all human beings residing in its respective jurisdictions.

If a fetus is considered a human life with all its attributes that would mean that abortion would be illegal under all circumstances–there are exceptions, such as self-defense, for actual humans, but I don’t see how any would apply here. Supporters of the bill say that it doesn’t outlaw abortions at all since Roe v. Wade would overrule it, but most of them want to overturn Roe v. Wade and without Roe v. Wade I don’t see how this doesn’t make all abortions illegal–will states be allowed to make murder legal?

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