Unfortunately, I gave up being shocked years ago that there are men like Rep. Todd Akin with some supremely ignorant views about rape and how the female reproductive organs actually work. What is disappointing is that people that are so unenlightened are rewarded with high office, even worse that they are probably there precisely because they are complete morons.
As offensive as what Akin said was, it was just words. I mean, he hasn’t tried to enact these ridiculous views into law, has he?
Well, yes he did.
Last year, Akin was one of 227 house members that signed on to HR 3, which at first seemed like a rehash of the perennial Hyde Amendment. The usual Hyde language banned government funding except in cases of rape and incest, but this one appended the word “forcible” to the word “rape.”
There was no reason for the language except to make some sort of line between some rapes (“legitimate,” Akin might say if he is capable of so much thought) and rapes involving drug use or other forms or coercion. Needless to say, it caused an uproar.
So, who else signed on to the bill?
It would surprise none of you that Trent Franks was one of co-sponsors. I’m sure if he was asked about it, he could be counted on saying something even more shockingly idiotic than what Akin said.
The other two are Paul Gosar, who I’m guessing won’t even clear his primary this go around, and…wait for it…
Hey all you reporters out there, I know you read me but don’t like to admit it to your editors, ask Jeff Flake about Akin’s comments. If he distances himself from them (as Mitt Romney has), ask him why he supported a bill that wrote Akin’s ignorant views into law.