This is MY Healthcare – not yours

I wrote a dozen posts about rape, Akin, and Mizzourah and trashed them: now that he has unofficially said he’ll drop out I’m going to say this:

Just because Todd Akin drops out of the race doesn’t mean we are “good.”  Whoever will replace him in this godforsaken state won’t be any better, however this incident will certainly help him keep his mouth shut until election day.

Please, let’s all be sensible here and not vote for the wrong party when it comes to women’s health.  As a woman from Missouri who has seen the best and worst of it we already have gone too far.  We have one abortion clinic and it’s under threat of closing every day.  Those clinics that closed don’t only provide abortions: for some women they are the ONLY source of medical care they can afford.  While we provide medical care to children who are sufficiently poor, we do not cover adults.

Women need healthcare services.  Some women actually need birth control.  Some women need other services.  Women’s reproductive organs are on the inside, and STIs often produce no symptoms.  We can’t just look down and see a discharge and it might not burn when we pee.  Women don’t just get STIs from having a lot of sexual partners – sometimes our partners bring them home to us.  All rapes are Legitimate Rape.  This kind of thing has to stop we’re putting our wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, granddaughters, and girlfriends at risk.

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About Pixie

I'm just your average 20-something trying to figure it out. I am also a theologian, yogi, witch, pagan, dirty hippie, activist (progressive politics), feminist, knitter, environmentalist, and friend. I've also been accused of being a hipster - I am not sure about that. I am sometimes happy to be Gen Y (go Harry Potter) and most of the time confused (seriously guys... ) by everyone else. My hobbies including knitting (and maybe crochet), quilting, recycling, cooking, writing, reading, and biking. I'm finishing up a masters in public policy and when I worked worked in political nonprofits as an activist.
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2 Responses to This is MY Healthcare – not yours

  1. thalassa says:

    What really killed me with his comment (other than the incredibly dumb idea of “legitimate” rape) is that he’s dumb enough to actually think that a woman’s body can keep herself from conceiving if she is raped (forcible, legitimate, whatever). He apologized for using the wrong word…not for the dumb ass follow through of his statement–that a woman who is raped an gets pregnant must (somehow) have wanted it because otherwise, her body would have magically have kept herself from getting knocked up. WTF?!?! Is he a medical doctor now? A medical researcher? An anatomy and physiology professor? Because I’m pretty sure there is no evidence that a woman’s body will keep egg and sperm from meeting if its the right time of her cycle, just because she was raped.

    Its sad that is that this is the sort of BS that runs around in his circle of politics, and people still vote for these folks. This isn’t the first time this idea has been spewed forth from conservative politicians.

    • Pixie says:

      Yes! To add to how outright dangerous this political rhetoric is: Todd Akin is on the House Science Committee. So what other lies has he encoded in our policy to put women and children at risk?

      Also, I think you’re right to point out this isn’t the first time we’ve heard this Legitimate Rape can’t result in conception BS. Disturbingly, those politicians are sometimes still in office this line started in the 1980’s. (I’m actually working on a post about that now thanks to Rachel Maddow’s excellent coverage on the topic last night well worth finding the clip online or checking her podcast today.)

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