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Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) did the unthinkable in conservative politics: he said publicly what should only be said in private. For Akin this happened during an interview when he claimed that science backed up his assertion that it is very difficult for a woman to get pregnant via a “legitimate” rape because her body can magically shut it down. Of course, this is not true. But that hasn’t stopped conservatives like Akin and Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan from using it to justify banning abortion in all contexts. There’s been an uproar over Akin’s comments, but so far Akin insists he staying in the race. And the real story with Akin isn’t what he said, but the fact that it represents the truth among conservative circles.
Is Akin dropping out really the best outcome for supporters of women’s rights though?
Oh, and just to drive home the point, Akin’s spiritual mentor believes women who are raped totally had it coming to them.
More progress on the male birth control front, maybe.
Texas conservatives are doing their best to make the state contraceptive-free and, sadly, they seem to be succeeding.
The Moms Clean Air Force has this piece on the price Oklahomans are paying because their Senator doesn’t believe in climate change.
This high school valedictorian was denied a diploma because she said “hell” in her commencement address. Really.
Can you afford kindergarten?
Finally, the latest installment of Teaching Feminism brings a success story.
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