GOP’s Insensitivity Toward Rape Victims

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In other words, unless it was a violent attack, most poor women would not be able to obtain an abortion under that law.

But even though Romney and Ryan have condemned Akin’s remarks and distanced themselves from him, the fact remains that his comments, as well as that odious proposal, show that the GOP doesn’t care about science or fairness when it comes to women.

All it cares about is making them pay for their sins.

All women – especially black women – should be wary of this. According to Justice Department estimates, for every white woman who reports her rape, five do not. Yet for every black woman who reports a rape, 15 do not.

And self-blame, like whether their clothes were too revealing or whether they shouldn’t have taken that shortcut home or let a certain guy drive them home, is one of the reasons why many rapes go unreported.

Yet Akin adds to that anguish by saying, in essence, that a woman’s bodily reaction to being raped is the ultimate test as to whether she was really raped. And if her body didn’t emit some sort of rapist sperm repellent, then pregnancy is her punishment for lying – and she should just deal with it.

It ought to worry everyone that people like Akin are in positions of power. Because if nothing else, a lawmaker like him ought to give victimized women hope that if they report being raped, they’ll get justice. Not judgment.

Especially judgment that eschews science for the sake of ideology.

Tonyaa Weathersbee is an award-winning columnist based in Jacksonville, Fla. Follow her at tonyaajw@twitter.

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6 thoughts on “GOP’s Insensitivity Toward Rape Victims

  1. Whoever won the election between Obama and Clinton the other one should’ve took the Vice Presidency if they really cared. They would’ve went into Washington with so many people behind them with so much power they could’ve done what they wanted and the republicans would have faded all the way out . So what does that tell you this game is almost coming to an end better wake up.

  2. AMEN Hiawa23!!!!! The republicans were hell bent on ensuring that President Obama was a one-term President by voting AGAINST all of the GOOD he was fighting for on behalf of the American people. But the irony in all of this is the republicans ended up EXPOSING their VERY UGLY SIDE thereby leaving them only to HURT THEMSELVES and I LOVE IT!!!!

  3. The repubs seem upset because Akin let out their agenda, & it has been proven time & time again from all the personhood, vag probes bills. They want to ban all abortions & take away the rights of the mother when it should be none of their business. Akin & Paul Ryan has co sponsored bills saying just what Akin said & now they are throwing him under the bus. This is smoke and mirrors to appear to be outrage when bhind the scenes they agree with him. This is their platform, & anyone who doesn’t see it given the proof we have seen, well, there is nothing to be said, we see what we want to see. This should be a decision for mothers, not rich white guys using big government to take away rights.

  4. The ONLY REASON the republicans want Todd Akin to step down is because he embarrassed them. Lets be clear; republicans have made it nearly impossible for a woman to “choose” what she feels is best for her body and for her life. The “knuckle-dragging” mentality Republicans are PUSHING WOMEN BACK into the 40′s and 50′s during a time when a woman didn’t have the freedom to “choose” and was left to undergo life-threatening alternatives because her choices were next to none. So let’s stay focused on why they REALLY want Akin removed and it’s NOT because of his recent remarks. It’s because Aiken EXPOSED THEM ALL.

  5. I think you should change the name of the article from GOP insensitivity to Todd Aikin’s insensitivity. To suggest that this is the platform of an entire political party is also insensitive and just plain wrong.

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