Dear Representative Todd Akin,
I shall now dub thee the wind beneath my wings.
How was I to have known that we, as women, are able to entirely avoid getting pregnant without a single bit of aid from any form of birth control? As you have so eloquently stated, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” I tell you what – that little tid bit would’ve saved me quite the pretty penny had you only informed me sooner! Why, just think of all the things I could have put my hard earned cash towards! Let’s see…with insurance coverage…that was about 5 bucks a month…which translates to $60 a year…and over the course of, oh, say 5 years…a whopping $300! Holy cow! I could’ve bought 60 lattes. Or 300 items in the dollar section at Target. Or, hell, I could’ve bought over 3 years’ worth of a Netflix membership.
What was I thinking?!?
Then again, perhaps my body wouldn’t be able to fully utilize such power unless I were, as you say, victim to “a legitimate rape.” Consensual sex for women doesn’t count – that magic non-prego switch only lights up when “a legitimate rape” is in play.
Except that annually, according to the Medical University of South Carolina, over 30,000 rape victims still get pregnant from their attackers every year. Must not have been raped legitimately, I suppose.
But, of course, you have just the response for such a curious statistic! And I quote:
“But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Ah, yes. Punishment. Because all rapists can be identified. Because all rapists are caught. Because, when those perfectly identified and arrested rapists are tried, they always are convicted to the tune of maximum sentencing.
You see, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, “about 5 out of 10 rape defendants are released prior to trial, and 8 out of 10 convicted rape defendants had entered a guilty plea to the offense” (http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/pub/pdf/SOO.PDF).
While your ideology may seem like the Word of God to some, I assure you that what you propose as a simple solution is quite the opposite. Rape is a gray area. There is no black and white. In fact, in 2/3 of reported rapes, the victim knew the attacker (http://www.rainn.org/statistics). Which, let’s be honest, probably makes it a hell of a lot harder to get up the nerve to go to the authorities.
Rape is not just physical, Mr. Akin. I assure you that the physical effects of the demeaning and vulgar act of a “legitimate rape” (which means what, pray tell?) are next to nothing in comparison to the years of emotional suffering a victim encounters. And let’s just toy with a thought for a moment…
When a woman is pregnant and carries her child inside of her for almost a year, there is undeniably a bond that forms. That bond may not be loving, or lasting for that matter. But, nonetheless, it is there. Now let’s assume a woman becomes pregnant following a “legitimate rape.” Under your suggestion, she must keep the product of an inexcusable and inhumane act inside of her, growing, for almost a year. That’s about 270 days of re-living a nightmare that no one on this earth should ever have to bear.
Though, if we can avoid getting pregnant from our magical bodily defenses, maybe victims of rape can also rely on a magical memory blocker to forever forget a “legitimate rape.”
I’m sure you have some solid scientific proof to back that up as well.
A Woman Who Would Appreciate You Leaving Her Uterus Alone
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