Lies a Congressman Told Me: Todd Akin On Rape
"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Rep. Todd Akin, in defending his stance against an exception for bans on abortions for survivors of rape and incest, claimed that women who are raped don't get pregnant.
There are so many things wrong with this horrifying sentence that it is hard to know where to begin. Here are my top 5:
I don't know which is worse, that leaders of the far right lie about women in order to justify their extreme ideology or that some of them may actually believe these fictions. Either way, this incident is just the latest reminder that there is a war on women’s health. And those fighting it really have no compunction at all about how they go about waging it.
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