3. Back to the Medieval Ages
Medieval thinking in today’s Republican politicians has indeed been on parade “thanks” to Missouri Representative Todd Akin’s comment that women can’t get pregnant by “legitimate” rape.”
Ryan hasn’t made quite such an ignorant pronouncement. But as†Jessica Pieklo says, he “represents one of the most extreme anti-woman candidates available, having co-sponsored a federal fetal personhood bill and voted to defund Planned Parenthood (plus, he ‘wants to write discrimination into the Constitution by amending it to ban gay marriage’).”
Republicans want to make a total abortion ban part of their party platform because of just what Akin said, that “under no circumstances, not even rape, incest or when a womanís life is in danger, should women be allowed to terminate a pregnancy is because it is a party that†does not believe in personal liberty for women.”
Jennifer Tucker, an associate professor of history and science in society at Wesleyan University, writes that it is not just that Akin’s (and the GOP’s) ideas are at odds with modern science. In a New York Times op-ed, Tucker reviews how Akin’s beliefs about pregnancy are†very much “in step with medieval science,” which is based on the texts of the ancient Greek medical writer Hippocrates and reproduction theories outlined by the fourth-century BCE philosopher Aristotle. According to these ideas,
Women were considered, by and large, colder and wetter than men. Menís and womenís bodies were widely seen as having very similar equipment, just in different places. They were supposed to have similar fluids (blood, milk and semen were interchangeable, depending on their temperature conditions).†And their experiences of heterosexual sex were also supposed to be similar: Both men and women had to have orgasms because it was only in that heat that new people could be conceived ó women needed to experience pleasure in order for fertilization to occur. By the 13th century, in legal terms, women who were raped and became pregnant were presumed not to have been raped.
With Ryan as VP, the U.S. would become a country in which it’s literally back to the Dark Ages.
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