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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.