Legitimate rape in North Carolina

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The growing firestorm over Todd Akin's scientific ignorance would be interesting if it were not grounded in a belief system shared by Republican leaders here in North Carolina. Not unlike our own GOP lawmakers, Akin makes the mistake of believing everything he thinks.

Akin (R-Missouri): "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Aldridge (R-North Carolina): Women do not get pregnant when raped because "the juices don't flow, the body functions don't work" during an attack, a state lawmaker said yesterday. Aldridge made the remarks to the House Appropriations Committee as it debated a proposal to eliminate a state abortion fund for poor women.

These guys are like second-graders making stuff up out of thin air to justify their otherwise indefensible positions on abortion rights. But make no mistake, they are not lone voices. They are mainstream Republican voices echoing the anti-women sentiments of candidates like Thom Tillis, Paul Stam, and Pat McCrory.

Leaders of the Republican Party here in North Carolina are privileged white men who oppose all abortion and are committed to eliminating the protections that were established in Roe v. Wade. Women who vote for them had better hope and pray that they never get raped. And that they they never find themselves pregnant with a fetus that puts their own lives at risk.

North Carolina Republicans will go to the ends of the earth to protect a fertilized egg in a uterus. The woman who owns that uterus, however, is shit out of luck.