, member of the United States House of Representatives. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This has been a week-end of profound befuddlement for me.
How does a man get elected to political office for twenty-four years, here in this enlightened, technology dominated, 21st century, who believes in a 13th century concept of Legitimate Rape? How does a man who believes in an obsolete medieval medical concept, offering it without so much as a blush as a rational reasonable explanation for his opposition to abortion even in the case of rape, get elected to the House in the first place, anywhere in this country, much less for six terms. Did anybody in his district ever listen to this guy? Just how far back in the woods is his district?
And the kicker is this – this same man now sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, let me repeat that ….. Rep. Todd Akin, (a Tea Party candidate for the Senate in Missouri) sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, the guy who publicly stated ….. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” How can a politician who publicly clings to 13th century theories on how a woman’s body works be expected to bring any thing lucid to the table in any discussion on science, space or technology?
This is a man with a B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute who worked for four years as an engineer at IBM. Surely he knows better.
Of course he was just preaching to the choir.
Later on Sunday his Facebook page admitted an error, saying he misspoke – declaring “It’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year,” he said.
He did not apologize for or disavow his belief in Legitimate Rape nor did he publicly correct the awful fallacy contained in that belief.
It will be interesting to see how women in Missouri feel about Legitimate Rape in November.