In 2007, Willard Mitt Romney asked for and received the endorsement of Dr. John C. Willke. Who is John C. Willke, you ask? He is the nut case doctor who believes that women who are “really” raped don’t get pregnant. The New York Daily News, hardly a raving liberal scandal sheet, told the 2007 story on August 21, 2012. They are by no means the only source for this information, just a very conservative source.
Here is Willke’s position on that junk medicine, as reported by the New York Times on August 21, 2012:
Dr. John C. Willke, a general practitioner with obstetric training and a former president of the National Right to Life Committee, was an early proponent of this view, articulating it in a book originally published in 1985 and again in a 1999 article. He reiterated it in an interview Monday.http://www.nytimes.com/...
“This is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight,” Dr. Willke said of a woman being raped, adding, “She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”
Leading experts on reproductive health, however, dismissed this logic.
You can read the article in the NYTimes to see just who disagrees with Willke (clue: dummies like Harvard Med School and the University of North Carolina).
But guess what? Romney met with Willke AGAIN in 2011, and AGAIN asked for and received his endorsement and support. Here is a discussion of that meeting as reported by The Telegraph, a British newspaper on August 22, 2012:
However, Dr Willke told The Daily Telegraph that he did meet Mr Romney during a presidential primary campaign stop in the doctor's home city of Cincinnati, Ohio, in October last year. Local news reports at the time noted that the candidate held “private meetings” during the visit.http://www.telegraph.co.uk/...
“He told me ‘thank you for your support – we agree on almost everything, and if I am elected President I will make some major pro-life pronouncements’,” Dr Willke said in a telephone interview on Tuesday.
“I thanked him, and said I knew where he was – that he was 99 per cent of what we wanted,” he said of the roughly ten-minute meeting. “I told him I would help in any way I could”. A spokesman for Mr Romney declined to comment.
Imagine that. Romney declined to comment. What a surprise.
Other DailyKos posts have tied Todd Akin to Rep. Paul Ryan
So here is the deal:
Willke is the “expert” on the false concept that women do not get pregnant by being raped.
Todd Akin has espoused Willke’s position.
Romney has TWICE asked for and received Willke’s endorsement of his candidacy for President, in 2007 and in 2011.
Ryan and Akin have Agreed on votes in Congress 93% of the time, and both Akin and Ryan were co-sponsors in 2011 of HR 3, the ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act.’
All of Romney, Ryan and Akin have expressed their opinion that there should be NO EXCEPTIONS that would allow abortions, and the Republican Party platform seeks to have this become the law.
There you have it, the unholy triangle of Romney, Ryan and Akin, all dancing around the position of John C. Willke.
It looks to a simple guy like me that Romney and Ryan WANT to have this abosolute anti-abortion position glued to their bare skin.
Women should all be talking about this, and should get the media to write and broadcast about this bigtime.