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Forum Post: Lets give paul & todd a pass - they DO understand the difference between "forcible rape" & "legitimate rape"

Posted 1 year ago on Aug. 20, 2012, 7:20 p.m. EST by bensdad (8977)
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By Adam Peck and Ian Millhiser

Rep. Todd “Legitimate Rape” Akin (R-MO) and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan
both cosponsored the bill that introduced America to the despicable term “forcible rape.” As it turns out, this may only be the second most sweeping attack on reproductive freedom that both men partnered on. Ryan and Akin also cosponsored a federal personhood bill, the Sanctity of Human Life Act of 2009, which declares that a fertilized egg is entitled to the exact same legal rights as a human being:


(1) the Congress declares that–
(A) the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution is vested in each human being, and is the paramount and most fundamental right of a person; and
(B) the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent, irrespective of sex, health, function or disability, defect, stage of biological development, or condition of dependency, at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood; and
(2) the Congress affirms that the Congress, each State, the District of Columbia, and all United States territories have the authority to protect the lives of all human beings residing in its respective jurisdictions.


Lest there be any doubt, this bill is unconstitutional. Congress does not have the power to overrule Roe v. Wade by statue, only a constitutional amendment could serve that purpose. Moreover, even if Roe were overruled by the Supreme Court, Ryan and Akin’s bill still attempts to redefine who “the right to life guaranteed by the Constitution” applies to. Again, changing the meaning of the Constitution can only be done through an amendment, not through an ordinary Act of Congress.


▬►Why do paul & todd not know this?◄▬


Should Ryan and Akin’s personhood agenda take effect, however, it would drastically reduce women’s reproductive choice. The bill declares that a human egg obtains “all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood” the moment it merges with a human sperm. Thus, a Blastocyst-American would not only enjoy the same constitutional status as a fully grown adult, it would also enjoy any “legal” attributes enjoyed by adults. Because every states’ law makes it a crime to kill a human adult, the likely effect of Ryan and Akin’s personhood bill would be to treat killing a fertilized egg as the same thing as homicide.

Such an interpretation would not simply ban abortion, it could turn many forms of birth control into the legal equivalent of a murder weapon.
Many forms of contraception, including many birth control pills, function in part by inhibiting a fertilized egg from implanting in a woman’s uterus. Thus, Ryan and Akin’s personhood bill could render the act of using many forms of oral contraception the equivalent of a homicide crime.

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[-] 4 points by ZenDog (20617) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

I was not aware, nor was I ever of the opinion, that rape

  • could ever be legitimate
[-] 4 points by shooz (26715) 1 year ago

Or do they??

It's a very bad habit among those in the GOP, they just don't understand women, biology, climate science and host of other logical things.

But it is women that they seem to be most confused about.

By now you’ve likely heard -- and perhaps felt your jaw drop over -- Todd Akin’s interview, in which the Republican Senate candidate from Missouri admitted that he believes abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape, because “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” If you follow that logic to its end, Akin means: Ladies, if you say you got pregnant after being raped, you’re probably lying about being raped.

http://www.alternet.org/6-worst-things-republicans-have-said-about-rape-sex-and-womens-bodies

It's wonder they can even reproduce.

[-] 2 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

they do reproduce and produce lemmings

[-] 1 points by shooz (26715) 1 year ago

it would seem that according to their twisted logic, "forcible rape" would be one of the most legitimate forms of birth control.

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 1 year ago

1:15 EST - he told huckabee he is staying in
do the math- IT IS GOOD NEWS
just like non-release of tax returns

[-] 1 points by trashyharry (788) from Waterville, NY 1 year ago

It's easy to tell which of my chickens are Democrats,and which are Republicans.Over the summer,11 hens were carried away by hawks and a fox.All of those chickens were Democrats,Communists,Socialists or Independant Voters.I know this because Republican chickens are immune to being overpowered by any animal that is larger and stronger than they are.Republican chickens are also immune to diseases accidents and hardship.Every time a chicken is lost due to one of those causes,it just proves that those chickens were probably class war promoting Liberals,Commies,Quasi-Anarchists or Environmentalist Tree Huggers.I only wish I had more chickens who will remain loyal to the Republican Party.Some of the chickens that turned out to be Inferior Liberal Lefties and Commies I am sure were Republicans in the beginning of the summer.

[-] -1 points by brudlo (-454) 1 year ago

what party did the hawk and fox indentify with? you seem to think you have republican and democrat chickens? by the way, what art school did you drop out of?

[-] 1 points by ZenDog (20617) from South Burlington, VT 1 year ago

o I like it - sounds like a homicide by Akin of the Lyin Ryan/Romney campaign - and that's good -

  • Keep your damn Mitts off my Government!