From a teenager's viewpoint, I personally believe that this statement was repulsive and wrongly accuses women of having the ability to prevent pregnancies in the case of rape.
Todd Akin's vile remarks about "legitimate rape" and women's natural resistance to pregnancy from forcible intercourse disturbingly parallel the views of many in law enforcement and recall the sorry history of the crime of rape in American jurisprudence.
Why is the government so concerned about my uterus? Why do these reactionaries consider a collection of cells that are injected into the womb without consent to be a person worthy of protection under the law?
Rep. Akin, please try to remember the very worst experience in your life, the most painful and unthinkable time, something that blindsided you. Imagine what it would be like to carry a constant reminder of that moment with you for 270 days. And then every day after that.
What I do have a problem with is someone who is insincerely pro-life, someone for whom this is an abstract concept with no relation to the reality. One of the hardest things for me to recount in my recent book was a sexual assault I witnessed when I was a kid...
Do you, like Todd Akin, believe in the miracle of a woman's body and the beauty of the government's right to control it? Well, here's Akin's perpective on women's rights, in one minute, set to music.
I, too, am appalled by the outrageous ignorance of Mr. Akin's belief, but I would not call him heartless. Rather, I would suggest that Akin is a man suffering from the pain of cognitive dissonance.
When segments of the Orthodox community begin to grant legal religious authority to women on women's issues, we must encourage them at all costs.
If the day comes where a replacement for Todd Akin is chosen both the decision to step aside and the choice of the name of the replacement candidate would rest almost entirely in the hands of one man: Todd Akin.
"Why would Al Jazeera be interested in making a film about abortion in the United States?" That's a question we received often as we set out to film the documentary The Abortion War. The answer is easy.
This campaign season, each candidate has been accused of being a liar, out of touch with the middle class, clueless on how to fix the economy, or ending Medicare as we know it. It used to be if you were caught in a lie you had to apologize for it. Not today.
Were rich men like Romney and Ryan reduced to the kind of life that the huge majority of Americans live, would they dance to a different tune? Would the realization of how fragile life is when one has very little money sink in? Or is even imagining that scenario unthinkable?
Having a party? Request all your guests give up their cell phones. Also the bouncers, waiters, bartenders too.
When people hear their god and act according to his instructions, we either medicate them or elect them to public office, depending on their actions. What we should not have to do is follow those who received those instructions if we don't wish to.
Apparently if you have a vagina, you get to express an opinion and if you don't, you should shut up. I couldn't disagree more.