Hey, Republicans—I realize y’all are trying to distance yourself from that idiot Todd Akin and his views on “legitimate rape” and the magical properties of women’s bodies to prevent pregnancy when they find themselves victims of such, and I have some advice for you: Shut the hell up. Seriously, you aren’t doing yourself any favors.
Case in point: Pennsylvania Senate candidate Tom Smith, while insisting that he does not agree with Akin’s views, does state that he believes abortion should be banned, including cases of incest and rape. Because, you know, a baby born of incest or rape is really no different than any other baby born out of wedlock.
What? What??? WHAT??? Yes, that’s right. When speaking to the Pennsylvania Press Club, Smith was asked by a reporter how he would handle it if it were his daughter or granddaughter who became pregnant as a result of rape or incest, and Smith said he had already had experience in just such a situation. But, mind you, there was no rape, no incest. So what was the situation? Having a baby out of wedlock. That’s right–his daughter had a baby without benefit of being married. Shocking, I know.
“Put yourself in a father’s position. Yes, it is similar.”
Really? Really??? REALLY, Mr. Smith??? You would feel the same if your daughter or granddaughter were pregnant from the result of consensual sexual activity as you would if she had been the victim of a RAPE? Wow. Just . . . wow.