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  1. Jonah

    I happened to be watching the Akin interview that Sunday morning and wasn’t taken aback by his “notorious comment”. I understood Akin was meaning to say forced rape, as opposed to statutory rape.

    And as a woman myself, I understand the complex female reproductive system and am aware that stress and, most certainly, trauma CAN (can, not will) cause impending ovulation to be delayed or halted. No ovulation means no pregnancy. Does that mean pregnancy will not occur in case of rape? Of course not! If ovulation has already occurred shortly before unprotected intercourse, rather it is rape or consensual sex, pregnancy is likely to occur.

    Todd Akin’s gaffe was not worthy of destruction of his political career. He did not do anything illegal or immoral or malicious. He did not deliberately disparage women who were impregnated by rape. His words were sadly misconstrued by some people and deliberately distorted by political operatives in efforts to sway the November election.

    1. Thanks. I was less concerned about what Akin said than about how it what be spun.

  2. Great article. Here again is the double standard even within the Republican party. Rove is an establishment guy sort of the like Dems who can say anything and they are not held accountable. In Rove’s case, Republicans as a whole give him a pass. The same was not true in Akin’s comments as everyone (especially the establishment Republicans) went after him. True to Todd Akin as a human being, he didn’t make much out of it but instead said ‘He accepted Karl Rove’s apology.’ Here again, actions speak louder than words.

  3. It is ironic that Rove condemns Akin for giving the Democrats ammunition to use against Republicans since it was his advice to President Bush and the policies that ensued that have made the Republicans most vulnerable.

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