Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association, a conservative Christian group, said that Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) was "absolutely right" to claim that women cannot become pregnant from "legitimate rape."
The host of the talk radio show Focal Point said that the trauma from a “real, genuine rape, a case of forcible rape” would make it "difficult" for a woman to conceive a child, Right Wing Watch notes.
"There's a very delicate and complex mix of hormones that take place -- that are released -- in a woman's body, and if that gets interfered with, it may make it impossible for her or difficult in that particular circumstance to conceive a child," Fischer said during his show Monday.
"That's all Todd Akin is saying...and he's absolutely right about that," he continued.
Akin came under fire this week after he attempted to justify his extreme anti-abortion stance by arguing that "legitimate rape" does not causing pregnancy.
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," Akin said in an interview with KTVI-TV on Sunday. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
According to the New York Times, this is not the first time that this line of reasoning has been used by anti-abortion advocates.
However, leading experts on reproductive health have dismissed this logic as unfounded.
“There are no words for this -- it is just nuts,” said Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, told the New York Times that “to suggest that there’s some biological reason why women couldn’t get pregnant during a rape is absurd.”
Bryan Fischer, Huffington Post 42 Comments
[8/28/2012 6:15:37 AM]
Fundie Index: 60
Actually die, you miserable prick.
8/28/2012 6:23:30 AM
You don't need to be a professor to know that this is utter crap.
8/28/2012 6:25:11 AM
Who am I gonna listento? A prof from Harvard or some fundie? Tough decision.
8/28/2012 6:26:55 AM
Filin De Blanc
I don't think Bryan Fischer has spoken a true word his entire career.
8/28/2012 6:32:25 AM
Because, you know, eggs totally cover themselves in armor when they sense the sperm of a rapist. "How could they possibly know it's a rapist's sperm?" you may ask. Well, the sperm have beady little eyes and they look really sleazy.
8/28/2012 6:51:01 AM
"I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
No, you think the punishment should be on the woman. That's why you want to outlaw abortion - you hate women. Don't try to deny it.
8/28/2012 6:52:54 AM
Do these people have no knowledge of history? Rape was used as a tactic in war for centuries to undermine the cultural and ethnic strength of enemies because women would end up bearing the rapists' children instead of their own people's children.
For centuries, rape was used exactly because it can impregnate women!
8/28/2012 6:54:29 AM
Another sick mofo.
8/28/2012 7:10:53 AM
Metallic Space Dragon
Definitely going to go with Dr. Grimes on this one over Fischer. At least he knows what he's talking about and isn't pushing an agenda to turn America into a 1950s sit-com where women do nothing but cook, clean, and pop out babies.
Is there anything Fischer says anymore that he hasn't said before?
8/28/2012 7:14:01 AM
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare,"
Hard right propaganda outlests are not doctors. They are liars lying to you about medical science.
They aren't any better when they talk about anything else, like biology or history or economics or . . . .
8/28/2012 7:23:35 AM
8/28/2012 7:24:36 AM
Raised by Horses
At this point, I am convinced that it doesn't matter what crazy shit someone in the GOP says, the right-wing sounding board is going to defend it. If Paul Ryan were to say "Tell your kids that it's okay to mail nailbombs to people who disagree with them", most of us would be appalled, right?
Enter the sounding board:
"He is just exercising his right to free speech."
"He's shooting from the hip."
"Paul Ryan is an American hero."
8/28/2012 7:28:49 AM
8/28/2012 7:47:38 AM
"Congratulations, your body shut down your uterus during the rape," said no legitimate doctor ever.
8/28/2012 8:04:46 AM
Well, as is proved by that quote with the picture above, Akin knows less about anatomy and biology than any middle schooler in a decent school system.
That just really makes me want to punch someone, but, sadly, I'm alone right now and not that big of a masochist.
8/28/2012 8:19:52 AM
What's a "legitimate rape"?
8/28/2012 8:27:55 AM
Okay, seriously, what the fuck?
Why are these people defending a false statement made by a politician just because he represents their party? Honestly, people, he's allowed to be wrong! Do they think that anything said by him that is incorrect will ultimately sap him of his powers?
Or... Cripes, this thought is making me throw up a little bit in my mouth... Or did they actually believe this beforehand?
I think I need a shower.
8/28/2012 8:45:57 AM
The Crimson Ghost
I've concluded that Bryan Fischer is without a doubt the worst person to exist in the history of humanity.
Mr Fischer-I hope you are reincarnated as a toilet plunger in a frat house after burrito night.
8/28/2012 9:06:19 AM
Erm, becoming pregnant is pretty rare too, idiot! A couple who's really trying to conceive, often have to work on it for months and months.
Could you please provide the scientific journal where the study showing that "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" was peer-reviewed? You can't? Then shut the hell up about it, asshole!
You think here should be some punishment? Yes; the rapist should get jail time.
8/28/2012 9:20:59 AM
"Or... Cripes, this thought is making me throw up a little bit in my mouth... Or did they actually believe this beforehand? "
You got it.
This nonsense has been part of political correctnes since at least the early 70s.
Akins fuckup was to say it out loud where the public can hear it.
Now there is a battle among the teabaggers. People who want to win elections are trying to repudiate him. True believers who are less connected to reality are defending him because what he said is standard political correctness.
8/28/2012 9:26:53 AM
You gotta know you're in deep shit when the likes of Bryan Fischer are 100% on your side.
8/28/2012 9:29:54 AM
I concur with Dr. Greene's analysis: Nuts.
8/28/2012 9:58:15 AM
Voice of Humanity
You know what? "DIAF" isn't strong enough for me. Someone hand me a Flame Wall Launcher, it should work just as well on the religious radicals as it did on El Oscuro's Triad cult.
8/28/2012 11:47:33 AM
“to suggest that there’s some biological reason why women couldn’t get pregnant during a rape is absurd.”
I understand that high school kids sometimes think the same thing about "the first time". That's what happens when someone get his sex education from "abstinence only" programs, the guys in the locker room and Internet porn.
8/28/2012 11:59:29 AM
8/28/2012 12:43:31 PM