"Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin’s statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," Andrea Saul, a Romney spokesperson, told The Huffington Post.It takes real courage to "disagree" with this un-freaking-believable comment from Rep. Todd Akin (R-of course):
"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. "If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."From what Akin "understands," women's bodies have a magical way of distinguishing consensual sperm from rape sperm, and they can just "shut that whole thing down." That whole being-impregnated-by-a-rapist thing. That thing that happens to tens of thousands of women every year. Raped, impregnated, and, if Rep. Akin gets his way, forced to carry their rapists' babies to term because "there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child." Because that's what a rape is all about—the rapist and his baby. The woman? Eh. She's got her magic ladyparts to protect her.
And Romney and Ryan, why, they don't agree with that statement. How do they disagree? No idea. But they don't, by golly. So there. See? Leadership.