I'm asking you to see the eyes of a terrified girl who is in shock. I'm asking you to give a blanket and a teddy bear to a young woman who can't bring her clothes home with her because they now have to go to a forensic lab.
Mr. Akin with his one "wrong word" has given traction to the idea that in a traumatic sexual assault, pregnancy cannot be induced. That idea need only find a fertile environment to have a devastating effect on women's rights.
It's one of Richard Pryor's best bits: a woman catches her man and another woman having sex. In a moment of supreme male arrogance he says "Are you gonna believe me or your lyin' eyes!?" Welcome to the 2012 Republican campaign strategy.
Representative Todd Akin, is justly reaping his rewards for positing something idiotic and insulting about rape. Your party is justly asking him to step aside. Now, to be not only just and consistent, it's your turn to step down.
Todd Akin's pronouncement was not just an isolated regurgitation of uninformed rhetoric -- it was absolutely informed. He is informed by a dangerous tradition of appropriating a woman's choice by suggesting that she asked for it. And he is not alone.
The GOP's mantra has long been that there is too much government involvement in our lives. So how do they square that with telling a woman who has been raped that maybe her rape just wasn't violent enough to warrant an abortion?