Another day, another weird statement from a politician. This time it’s Republican Rep. Todd Akin, challenging Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Missouri Senate race, and now scrambling to backtrack after embarrassing himself with his explanation of why women who are raped don’t need access to abortions.
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy after rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in defense of his stand that rape victims should not be allowed to access abortions. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Allow me to explain about those ways that the female body finds to “shut that whole thing down” in the event that she doesn’t wish to bear the child of her rapist. Those would be:
- Picking up some emergency contraception, which may, if taken soon enough, prevent your eggs from being fertilized at all, thus effectively shutting that whole thing down.
- If you didn’t manage to get that emergency contraception in time, or if you did and managed to be in the unlucky minority for whom it didn’t work, taking your female body to the nearest abortion clinic, which will, sure enough, shut that whole thing down.
That’s it. There are no special, magic, rape specific ways of shutting that whole thing down, without the assistance of doctors or pharmacies.