Rape support group advocates, politicians, broadcasters and almost anyone with a heart have been upset yet again, by another politician's carelessness concerning women. The politician in the hot seat this time, is Missouri's Republican Representative Todd Akin. According to Huffington Post, in a news conference on Monday, President Obama addressed Todd Akin's remark that "legitmate rape" rarely leads to pregnancy.
"Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me. So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women," President Obama stated.
The New York Daily News Reports that Akin's Repulican party members have been distancing themselves from him and his remarks, hoping to salvage what little they can that proves that they actually have women's best interest at heart. In fact, many have asked for Akin to step down to no avail.
But what is Akin saying to women who experience rape? What does he consider "legitimate"? If a woman is beat half to death? If she reports the incident? How is he or any other politician qualified to determine who has been raped, or not? Yet, these are the people deciding a woman's fate and whether she can or cannot abort a child in this instance.
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