Murkowski Urges Akin to Step Down
Republican War on Women? What War on Women? There’s no War on Women. That’s just delusional Democrats trying to manufacture controversy and put words in the mouths of poor ol’ Republicans. Ohhhh, what those desperate Dems won’t sink to.
That’s what Republicans would have you believe. Then, there’s what actually happens, and what comes out of their mouths.
And it’s not just Republican men, although they’ve gotten the bulk of the attention. Back in June, a group of 24 Republican House women – a sort of firewall, if you will, to protect the image of the Party with women by saying that this whole anti-woman stuff is just fabricated by the Democrats.
“I believe, right now, the so-called war on the women is a myth [and] purely political posturing,” Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R-Calif.), who chairs the new group, said in a recent interview with POLITICO. “I think we do have our work cut out for us. The greatest role model we can be for other politicians is to be out there and be seen.”
The latest incident, which goes beyond the boundaries of sexism, and straight in to misogyny from the GOP came from Rep. Todd Akin of Missouri who is now running for the U.S. Senate. Here’s the full quote, wherein he attempts to explain why he opposes abortion, even in the case of rape:
“It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”
Oh, my “akin” uterus.
It’s unclear to what “doctors” Akin is referring, but clearly they’re the either the imaginary ones in his own head, or ones that don’t believe in actual science. Did I mention that Rep. Akin is, in fact, on the House Committee of Science, Space and Technology? Yes, really.
And what exactly is “legitimate” rape, anyway? Can I assume if pregnancy is the result of a rape, then I wasn’t “really” or “legitimately” raped? Maybe it was consensual, and I just didn’t realize it.
Someone clearly failed to tell Akin that a woman’s ovaries don’t excrete some kind of magical stork repellant during times of stress. And even if the mysterious Stork-Be-Gone somehow didn’t work “or something,” then OK, Akin concedes, “some” punishment should be exacted on the rapist, but abortion should still be off the table. You’ll notice that the actual woman in the equation doesn’t really factor in to the whole thing in.
Fortunately, there has been an unbelievable amount of blowback on Mr. Akin for his ignorant, inexcusable, and horrific statement. Many in his party have asked him to step down from his senate race against the Democrat Claire McCaskill in Missouri.
Alaska’s Senator Lisa Murkowski is the latest Republican Senator to call for Akin to remove himself. Murkowski is still trying to mend fences with Alaskan women after a bad vote on the Blunt amendment (which she said she later regretted) and a bad vote on the Fair Paycheck Act (which she did NOT say she regretted).
“I join many Alaskans in finding Rep. Todd Akin’s comments incredibly offensive and I strongly encourage him to step aside,” Murkowski said on Twitter.
The Anchorage Daily News followed up by phone.
“I am stunned that an individual who is running for public office, that an individual who is in office, would make that statement,” Murkowski said.