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Want a smaller government? Â
Well this guy will put the government right inside your hoo-ha. Todd Akin, a Missouri congressman who, by the way is on the Science Committee, let it slip that many in the Republican Party believe that if a woman is â€ślegitimately rapedâ€ť her own bodily trauma will prevent conception from occurring. Â
The conclusion which must be drawn from this statement is that raped women who did become pregnant (about 32,000 a year) must, somewhere deep down in their glands, have wanted to be raped.
Historically, this loophole for the right to use federal funds for an abortion that results from rape or incest has been a longtime burr under Republican saddles. Â
Sarah Palin in 2008, and the following 2010 Senate candidates, Sharon Angle, Joe Miller, Rand Paul, Christine Oâ€™Donnell, and Ken Buck, all stated that they believed no exceptions should be made for rape or incest.
Todd Akin has teamed up twice with Paul Ryan to sponsor HR 3 and HR 212.
House Resolution 3 tried to narrow the rape loophole by limiting federal funds only to â€śforcible rapeâ€ť survivors. Â
Exactly what that meant, no one knows. Â
Akin-Ryan also sponsored HR 212, a personhood bill, which said the â€ślife of each human being begins with fertilization â€¦ at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitution attributes and privileges of personhood.â€ť Â
Such an interpretation could outlaw some contraceptives which inhibit a fertilized egg from implanting in a womanâ€™s uterus. Â
Ryan and Akinâ€™s personhood bill could turn some contraceptives into murder weapons.
Paul Ryan also sponsored a federal version of Virginiaâ€™s transvaginal ultrasound bill, which forces women to undergo a medical procedure against their will even if their doctor doesnâ€™t recommend it. Â
Rep. Ryan has voted repeatedly to defund family-planning programs and he even supported the â€śLet Women Die Bill,â€ť which would allow hospitals to refuse emergency lifesaving abortion care, even if the woman could die without it.
As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Ryan has cast 59 votes on abortion and other reproductive-rights issues. Â
â€śIâ€™m as pro-life as a person gets. Youâ€™re not going to have a truce. Â Judges are going to come up. Â Issues come up, theyâ€™re unavoidable, and Iâ€™m never going to not vote pro-life.â€ť
This year Republican Presidential candidates, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, and Rick Santorum all signed on to â€śPersonhoodâ€ť as their policy position.
Idaho, Iowa, Indiana, New Hampshire, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia are removing protections for rape and incest victims and forcing women to give birth against their will.
Under a Romney-Ryan administration, anti-choice zealots could wipe out decades worth of your reproductive rights. Â
Iâ€™m old enough to remember the days of back-alley abortion deaths. Â
My fellow American women, vote Republican at your own peril.