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.