By now you’ve heard that Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), a candidate for the U.S. Senate, said on Sunday:
“From what I understand from doctors, pregnancy [as a result of rape], is really rare… If it’s a ‘legitimate’ rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
His subsequent non-apology did not acknowledge he was wrong about pregnancies from rape being rare or wrong about a woman’s body somehow preventing a pregnancy from rape. He said he believes “deeply in the protection of all life” and does “not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action” — the rape victim herself apparently not being a life worth protecting.
What you may not know is that this ignorant man is a member of the the House Science and Technology Committee. No one with such a poor grasp of fundamental 10th grade biology should be serving on any science committee, much less one making policy for the entire country. You can sign a petition from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee asking Speaker John Boehner to remove Akin from that committee. Please consider doing so.