Missouri GOP Rep. Todd Akin, has just won his party’s nomination for the Senate again, having already served 11 years. Why is this is important; because Akin is another member of the congressional boys club making policy decisions affecting women’s reproductive choice, that doesn’t understand how birth control works.
Think Progress reports that Akin recently appeared on KCMO Talk Radio, where he had this to say:
HOST: I wanted to get to the actual morning-after pill. So are you saying that you would like that to be banned for everyone, or do you have exceptions for rape and incest?
AKIN: As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we shouldn’t have abortion in this country. [...] The life of the mother, the situation there is one where what you want to do is optimize life, you try to save the mother’s life, you try to save the child. [...]
HOST: Just to be clear, though, you would like to ban the morning after pill totally for everyone?
AKIN: Yeah. I think that is a form of abortion and I don’t support it.
To hell with scientific fact; as we’ve known for some time, conservative men are unbelievably ignorant when it comes to birth control. Here’s Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) in an exchange with HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius:
SEBELIUS: There also is no abortifacient drug that is part of the FDA approved contraception. What the rule for preventive care…
MURPHY: Ma’m that is not true…Is the morning after pill or something like that an abortifacient drug?
SEBELIUS: It is a contraceptive drug, not an abortifacient… It does not interfere with a pregnancy. If the morning pill were taken, and a female were pregnant, the pregnancy is not interrupted. That’s the definition of abortifation.
MURPHY: Ma’m that is your interpretation, and I appreciate that’s your interpretation.
SEBELIUS: That’s what the scientists and doctors…
MURPHY: We’re not talking about scientists. Ma’m we’re not talking about scientists here, we’re talking about religious belief. Ma’m, I’m asking you about a religious belief. In a religious belief, that is a violation of a religious belief.
These guys are 2 perfect examples of what happens when you live in Conservatives’ abstinence-only La-La-Land. As Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) told Mother Jones in 2011:
“This is the most anti-science body since the Catholic Church ostracized Galileo for determining that the earth revolves around the sun.”
And that’s very dangerous for women.