The powers that wannabe
Tuesday August 21st 2012, 11:17 pm
Filed under: Politics

I’ve been trying really really hard not to blog about politics of late. But I just cannot stay silent any longer. Did Todd Akins skip every history class, every current-events reading (hello conquests of South America by Europeans, hello Serbia/Slovenia)? His screamingly screwball ideas on biology: women can’t get pregnant when they get raped, and if they did it’s because they secretly wanted to because otherwise their magic powers would “shut the whole thing down”?

This is one of the men who writes our national laws?


And he and Paul Ryan are likethis on this personhood thing.

Their bill would convict me of manslaughter for having had a miscarriage at nearly four months. There’s no getting around that, no explaining it away. Every baby conceived via in-vitro? The new illegals. Raped? Too bad.

If you haven’t read my old neighbor’s story, please, please do. She faced the consequences of exactly what they’re trying to do.

Laws are not intentions: laws are laws and you can’t wave away the part you don’t like–if it’s wrong, or some part of it is not quite what you meant, regardless of political expediency you don’t write much less pass that law. Period.

Can you picture a rapist suing for custody? I guarantee you that scenario will happen under that bill, and note that the very first thing announced out of Tampa as the Republicans get ready for their convention is that their plank includes a personhood declaration: all life, beginning with a single cell, has the full rights of a walking breathing human being. A potential person trumps a real one. No exceptions, not to save the life of the mother. Have an ectopic pregnancy? Catholic hospitals statistically already treat them surgically rather than medically so as not to directly harm the never-viable fetus, despite the fact that doing so can render the woman unable to ever carry another child and is often medical malpractice.

But our hopes and our families, they don’t matter there.

They cannot cry religious freedom when they are accepting money from the government of all the people, for all the people.

The Republicans put that plank in their platform despite all the states where the voters rejected that very thing. Including Todd Akin’s own Missouri.

Mitt Romney is not a Catholic and the Mormon Church knows that life is messy and that there may be circumstances we may be forced to factor in while grieving our loss. So why does Romney go along with this?

Why does the Republican party want government to stay away from regulating their guns, their Wall Street, their polluting corporations and their rich but demand that that same government be right there between every woman’s uturus and her doctor? I understand not liking abortion, I fervently don’t like abortion either. I also understand that we live in a multicultural, diverse nation that prides itself on its tolerance.

And on its justice.

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I often say if we had “mommies” running our country we all would be in a much better situation. Instead we have “macho men” peeing to mark their territories making our laws and then living their own lives by their own set of standards. Oy vey!

Comment by Jody 08.22.12 @ 3:44 am

Right with you on this one!

Comment by wildknits 08.22.12 @ 5:14 am

Well said!!!!!!

Comment by Doris 08.22.12 @ 5:44 am

I need to get you a copy of Tough Cookies… that book I’ve blogged about at least twice, by the former CEO of the Girl Scouts USA. There are some empowering stats in there about why we need women in power – politics, business, non-profits, religion…

We are ALL stronger when we have a diverse leadership pool.

Comment by Channon 08.22.12 @ 6:13 am

Todd Akins got on the House Science Committee how? Ah, I know, it’s “my mind is made up don’t confuse me with the facts.” I could go on. I won’t. Thanks for ranting for me! (Some rants are good!)

Carol in MA

Comment by Carol Telsey 08.22.12 @ 6:27 am

As 50% of the human race, we need to assert our humanity in all these issues and VOTE against these stupid and inhumane beings.

And a thanks for donating copy to Pearl-McPhee’s cause.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 08.22.12 @ 7:06 am

Alison, Mitt, your third cousin one removed, does not go along with that stupid congressman from Missouri. And he is not endorsing the entire Republican platform. Someday you need to have a television–so watch Romney on the NBC interview tomorrow night. I admit when the political ads come on, I mute the TV. The Obama people are perpetuating half truths and simplifications as fast as some on the other side. Anyone who knows what Mormon bishops and stake presidents do–on a voluntary basis–cannot say that Mitt has no feeling for and knowledge of what most of us do and face. Maybe tomorrow’s interview will shed a little light on this. I do admit that the guy from Missouri is stupid, bigoted, and should withdraw.
Love you, Dad

Comment by Dad 08.22.12 @ 8:17 am


This one isn’t even political. This one goes to the soul of how a huge chunk of Americans view women. The most frightening part, to me: that chunk includes some women.

Again, Alison, Amen.

Comment by melanie 08.22.12 @ 8:45 am

I saw Aikins’ comment in the paper, and read it in total disbelief! Does this guy REALLY believe this, or is the idiot just pandering to the extreme right? Does he belong to the Flat Earth Society?

Comment by Don Meyer 08.22.12 @ 8:51 am

If this doesn’t upset every woman in American, I don’t know what would. And of course, there are many Republicans jumping on the bandwagon to back Akin up–King, Palin, etc. It’s just frightening.

Comment by ToniS 08.22.12 @ 8:55 am

Paul Ryan asked Aikin to stand down and remove his name from the ballot.Like everything in politics, it only takes one person to touch off something to make one party seem bad, vote for the man not the party. It takes some work , but look into what the candiates say and do is more important than the party.

Comment by Kris 08.22.12 @ 9:17 am

Todd Akin’s comments make me embarrassed to be from Missouri. Not only were his remarks stupid, he’s being stubborn and refusing to withdraw from the Senate race even when some leaders in his party are telling him to. And to think he’s running against a woman. I hope all the Missouri women do their best to defeat him at the polls in November.

Comment by Charlotte 08.22.12 @ 9:19 am

I agree 100%, Alison.

Comment by Liz 08.22.12 @ 9:26 am

Well Said. (unlike what Mr. Akin said…) It blows my mind that people still believe this rubbish in this day and age. Makes me glad to be a Canadian.

Comment by Sandra 08.22.12 @ 9:47 am

Thank you, Alison, for a reasoned and factual critique of Akin’s outlandish comments and beliefs. If I am to understand him, he believes we women have the mental power to prevent a pregnancy, but we don’t have the brains to make the anguished decision if we should ever need to terminate a pregnancy. It is not a flip decision and I wish no woman ever had to make that choice. But life isn’t simple and perfect. Sometimes things go wrong. And women must have the right to choose what happens to her body.

Comment by DebbieR 08.22.12 @ 10:05 am

Thank you so much Alison for saying publicly what so many of us are thinking privately. If these cretins gain power women (as well as men if truth be known) will suffer. I, for one, am strongly opposed to being subjugated, demeaned, ridiculed, and basically treated as sub-human. We stand to lose ground we have fought so hard to gain for ourselves, our daughters, and granddaughters.

Comment by Jayleen 08.22.12 @ 10:42 am

with respect, but to your dad — Mitt may not believe this, but he is in this case sinning by silence if he doesn’t

I had a very dear friend that had to decide at about 14 weeks if she was going to have the baby or if she was going to have the cancer surgery and have a chance to live to raise the three other little children she already had — she chose the latter, but it was wrenching

I think anyone that is not physically equipped to carry a child should just stay out of the question entirely! Let these decisions stay between the woman, her doctor and her God

and the very phrase “legitimate rape” just makes my hair catch fire!!

Comment by Bev 08.22.12 @ 3:02 pm

Interesting op-ed today in the Los Angeles Times on the evolution of these kind of beliefs about rape.,0,5241846.story

Comment by Debby 08.22.12 @ 3:26 pm

Amazing how life imitates reality, huh?

Like my husband says, it takes all kinds to make the world go round, but sometimes, some kinds could just spin off and it wouldn’t be a bad thing…

Comment by Suzanne from Montreal 08.22.12 @ 6:48 pm

You teach me so much. I really appreciate you sharing your perspective.

Comment by Robin 08.22.12 @ 9:54 pm

GREAT comments. Your dad still has a couple months to become enlightened. One commenter wrote:

“Can you picture a rapist suing for custody?”

It’s already happened, and it turns my stomach. Rapists rape because they want power, control, dominance, not sex. Just the qualities you want having an influence on a child. NOT.

Someone else commented that women are 50% of the human race. I’m not sure of that statistic, but women ARE the majority voters. We have the power to get these ignorant men OUT of government.

Thanks so much for your post, Alison. Wishing you well. ALWAYS.

Comment by Debbi 08.23.12 @ 4:27 am

I can understand people having different perspectives and value systems, even though sometimes it is hard for me to imagine how they got there. What I can’t understand is the willing disregard of scientific fact*. And ignoring same at one’s convenience severely limits good decision making, hence suitability to office.

*And this is certainly not the only example of ignoring science.

Comment by twinsetellen 08.23.12 @ 5:34 am

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