‘Legitimately Raped’: An Idea Only the Iranian Regime Could Love (News, Switzerland)
Just how retrograde are the views of Congressmen Todd Akin? In what amounts to a good Swiss tongue-lashing, columnist Patrik Etschmayer of Switzerland’s News highlights the great irony that more than anything else, Akin’s views and those in the Republican Party platform bare a striking resemblance to those embraced by the Iranian mullahs.
For Switzerland’s News, Patrik Etschmayer starts out this way:
Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin has an absolutely fascinating new theory about the issue of pregnancy through rape. According to him, a female victim of a “legitimate rape” – in other words of a “real” rape – would not in fact become pregnant. The shocking fact: this view doesn’t make Akin an extremist, but rather the perfect 2012 Republican.
At the Republican Convention, which will begin on Monday in Tampa, Florida, the official choice of Romney as nominee won’t be the only item on the agenda. At the same time, the party platform for the November presidential race will be unveiled, which includes assertions that put the comments that apparently derailed Akin’s campaign smack in the mainstream of Republican thought.
So, for instance, there’s an attempt to forbid any type of abortion. Rape? Abortion forbidden. Incest? Abortion forbidden. A mother’s life endangered? Abortion forbidden. Mother and child would die during labor? Ditto. So should one be surprised about this, coming from a party, the representatives of which put women on the same level as cows and sheep?
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