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Virginia Republicans Join Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin and Paul Ryan in War on Women Legislation

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To anyone who seriously thinks that Republicans aren’t waging a war against women’s rights, and women in general, first of all what are you smoking exactly? Second, I encourage you to watch this video, of theocratic nutjob Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Virginia, as he drags his knuckles on the ground, drools, and rants about how supposedly in a “legitimate rape,” the “female body” will “shut down that whole thing.” Third, for anyone who thinks that was just a “gaffe,” I encourage you to review Akin’s legislative history, including the short list of anti-abortion and anti-contraception bills listed below. Note that numerous Virginia Republicans have signed on as cosponsors of “personhood” and other heinously anti-women legislation with this Akin freakazoid. Also note that the first piece of legislation listed, the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act,” uses the phrase “forcible rape,” apparently to distinguish it from…non-forcible rape?” Well, alrighty then. Anyway, ladies and gentlemen, THIS is today’s Republican Party, as much as Republicans may try to deny it. More evidence: the Republican VP nominee, Paul Ryan, is a cosponsor on several of the following, including the “Sanctity of Human Life Act” and the “No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.” Any further questions?

No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act: Note that this legislation uses the phrase “forcible rape”. Also note that there were 227 cosponsors, including (in addition to Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin) the following anti-women warriors from Virginia: Eric Can’tor, Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, Robert Wittman, and Frank Wolf.

Sanctity of Human Life Act (“Declares that: (1) the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human and is the person’s paramount and most fundamental right; (2) each human life begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, at which time every human has all legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and (3) Congress, each state, the District of Columbia, and all U.S. territories have the authority to protect all human lives.”). This bill would effectively outlaw all abortions, as well as embryonic stem cell research and many forms of contraception. In addition to Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, Virginia anti-women warriors who cosponsored this bill include Randy Forbes and Rob Wittman.

Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act (“Amends the Public Health Service Act to prohibit the Secretary of Health and Human Service (HHS) from providing any federal family planning assistance to an entity unless the entity certifies that, during the period of such assistance, the entity will not perform, and will not provide any funds to any other entity that performs, an abortion.”). In addition to Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, Virginia cosponsors on this heinous piece of anti-women legislation include Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, and Rob Wittman.

Protect Life Act (“prohibit[s] federal funds from being to used to cover any part of the costs of any health plan that includes coverage of abortion services.”). In addition to Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, Virginia cosponsors of this monstrosity include Randy Forbes and Scott Rigell.

Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011 (“prohibit[s] the federal government and any state or local government that receives federal financial assistance from subjecting any health professional, a hospital, a provider sponsored organization, a health maintenance organization, an accountable care organization, a health insurance plan, or any other kind of health care facility, organization, or plan to discrimination on the basis that the entity refuses to participate in abortion-related activities.”). In addition to Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, Virginia cosponsors include Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte, Morgan Griffith, and Scott Rigell.

Life at Conception Act (“Declares that the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being beginning at the moment of fertilization, cloning, or other moment at which an individual comes into being.”). Along with Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin, Virginia cosponsors include Randy Forbes, Bob Goodlatte, Robert Hurt, Scott Rigell, and Robert Wittman.

  • …which would, of course, outlaw abortion in all cases, as well as life-saving embryonic stem cell research and many forms of contraception.

  • See here:

    Paul Protic, former LCRC Chairman and PHC professor, was Akin’s long time Chief of Staff, and Eve Marie Barner, current RPV State Central Committee member from Loudoun, worked for Akin for several years after graduating from PHC. And the parallels between Dick Black and Akin are unmistakable.

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    August 20, 2012

    CONTACT:

    Kaine for Virginia Press Office

    (804) 359-7106

    press@kaineforva.com

    TIM KAINE: COMMENTS BY REP. TODD AKIN “OFFENSIVE”

    Richmond, VA – In response to recent comments made by Representative Todd Akin (MO-2nd District), former governor and U.S. Senate candidate Tim Kaine released the following statement:

    “Congressman Akin’s comments on rape are offensive. Rhetoric that perpetuates misinformation about the horrific trauma of sexual violence is wrong and should be denounced widely. Survivors of these crimes deserve no less.

    “As governor, I worked with members of both parties to eliminate outdated laws that discriminated against victims of sexual violence, increase services for women and men who have experienced such crimes, and support organizations that do important work in our communities to curb these offenses. My administration eliminated the practice of charging victims for their physical evidence recovery kits (PERK) and worked with local law enforcement agencies to extend the amount of time that physical evidence is preserved to allow victims additional time to make decisions regarding legal action.  In addition, we strengthened victims’ rights by eliminating the use of the polygraph in rape cases and repealing a law that allowed a defendant to obtain dismissal of a rape charge by marrying the victim.  As senator, I will continue to work with partners from across the political spectrum to address these abhorrent crimes and provide support to survivors in Virginia and across the country.”

  • While Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan are working overtime to distance themselves from Rep. Todd Akin’s comments on rape, they are contradicting their own records. Mr. Romney supports the Human Life Amendment, which would ban abortion in all instances, even in the case of rape and incest. In fact, that amendment is a central part of the Republican Party’s platform that is being voted on tomorrow. And, as a Republican leader in the House, Mr. Ryan worked with Mr. Akin to try to pass laws that would ban abortion in all cases, and even narrow the definition of ‘rape.’ Every day, women across America grapple with difficult and intensely personal health decisions-decisions that should ultimately be between a woman and her doctor. These decisions are not made any easier when Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan treat women’s health as a matter of partisan politics.

  • It’s particularly hilarious (ironic?) to hear raving lunatic Todd Akin mention the word “sanity.” I also love how he somehow blames others for the economic recession, which began when President Buah was in office, and in large part was the result of HIS PARTY’S idiotic policies. In addition, HIS PARTY has done its best to prevent the economy from recovering. In other words, they’re the arsonists, then they blame the firefighter for not putting the fire out faster and rebuilding the building overnight. What a bunch of jerks.

  • Senator McEachin Concerned that Congressman Akin’s Statement Fits an Unfortunate Pattern

    Henrico Senator A. Donald McEachin (D-Henrico) today issued this statement regarding Representative Akin’s statement on “legitimate rape.”

    Senator McEachin said, ” I am concerned that this is just the latest in a pattern by Republican office-holders in treating women with utmost disrespect and disregard.  Just this past year, in our very own Virginia General Assembly, we saw legislation to require women to get invasive transvaginal ultrasounds when making personal decisions. After an incredible outcry from Virginians, somehow, governor McDonnell and his Republican colleagues thought it is all right to require an abdominal ultrasound rather than trusting women and medical professionals. Not only that, but this year, here in Virginia and in other states, we saw the introduction of a personhood bill, legislation that, if enacted, might well prevent fertility treatments and potentially ban certain forms of contraceptive. George Allen, now running for the United States Senate, has endorsed this preposterous legislation.

    “Now, Representative Akins talks about legitimate rape, as if any kind of rape is legitimate, as if all rape victims are not somehow equally victimized and suffering. I don’t know what medical personnel he is talking to, but his cavalier disregard for women and for medical science fits a pattern that we are seeing all too frequently.

    “While I appreciate certain Republican candidates now distancing themselves from this recent egregious statement, the pattern of behavior of their Party recently says something different.  Their disgraceful, disappointing and dismaying disrespect of women needs to stop at all levels.”

  • blue bronc

    How telling is the idiot’s remarks. Every, and that is EVERY heavy Repub is going after the guy to quit. They know every race from Ryan, co-sponsor, and Romney, I support rape births, to the local repub dog catcher candidates are going to be hit with this.

    Every single one of them who mouthed or played with the “personhood” crap is going to see themselves on TV with Akin. And they will have to love it.

    Call it the New Akin Diet. It will shed a few r’s.