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Lest we forget...

Politicians say the darndest things.
by Lisa Huynh on 11 September 2012

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Transcript of Lest we forget...

In the past year, politicians have been known to speak up about women's issues and bodies. We decided to review them... “You could argue that money is more important for men. I think a guy in their first job, maybe because they expect to be a breadwinner someday, may be a little more money-conscious.”
–Wisconsin state Senator Glenn Grothman "I do have concerns about women in front-line combat, I think that could be a very compromising situation, where people naturally may do things that may not be in the interest of the mission, because of other types of emotions that are involved.”
– Rick Santorum on women serving in the military “What does it say about the college co-ed Susan Fluke [sic], who goes before a congressional committee and says that she must be paid to have sex. What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute. She wants to be paid to have sex. She’s having so much sex she can’t afford the contraception.”
– Rush Limbaugh on Sandra Fluke "If you really – there are very few pregnancies as a result of rape, fortunately, and incest — compared to the usual abortion, what is the percentage of abortions for rape? It is tiny. It is a tiny, tiny percentage...Most abortions, most abortions are for what purpose? The just don’t want to have a baby! The second reason for abortion is you’d like a boy and it’s a girl, or vice versa. And I know a lot of people are opposed to abortion who are pro-choice."
– Maryland Representative Roscoe Bartlett "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. … If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child."
– Missouri Representative Todd Akin In a conversation with Mark Scolforo from Associated Press
and Tom Smith, Senate candidate:
M.S.: How would you tell a daughter or a granddaughter who, God forbid, would be the victim of a rape, to keep the child against her own will? Do you have a way to explain that?
T.S.: I lived something similar to that with my own family. She chose life, and I commend her for that. She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to … she chose the way I thought. No, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.
M.S.: Similar how?
T.S.: Uh, having a baby out of wedlock.
M.S.: That’s similar to rape?
T.S.: No, no, no, but … put yourself in a father’s situation, yes. It is similar. The truth is... An estimated 32,000 pregnancies result from rape per year.
–www.rainn.org Roughly 207,000 women are raped each year, which means that 15.5 percent of all rape and sexual assault victims become pregnant. An estimated 9,100 rape victims– roughly 29 percent of the 32,000 women who become pregnant from rape– decide to have abortions. Sex-selective abortions are far more rare. Less than 1.5 percent of abortions are performed after the 20-week mark, and mostly because of health issues involving the fetus, the woman, or both.
– www.guttmacher.org "I am asking you ... to get out of my body, out of my vagina, my womb, to get out of all of our bodies. These are not your decisions to make. These are not your words to define." As Eve Ensler said in her letter to Todd Akin... Photos via Wikimedia Commons
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