‘Legitimate Rape’ Uproar Is Not Just About Todd Akin

The truth is the “legitimate rape” comment made by U.S. Rep. Todd Akin — as in pregnancy from “legitimate rape” is rare — is not a GOP anomaly but rather another disturbing glimpse into the viewpoint too many social conservatives have about women’s health and reproductive rights.

Last March, in a discussion in the Kansas House about whether women purchase separate abortion-only policies, Republican state Rep. Pete DeGraaf suggested women should plan ahead for rape the way he keeps a spare tire. A few weeks later, Indiana state Rep. Eric Turner, a Republican, said some women might fake being raped in order to get free abortions.

Former presidential hopeful Rick Santorum suggested doctors who perform an abortion on a woman who becomes pregnant from an attack should be thrown in jail and this year suggested rape victims who become pregnant from an attack should be forced to keep the baby and ”make the best out of a bad situation.”


And we’re to believe Akin is just a one-off. Please. More than 200 Republican members of Congress joined him in co-sponsoring House Resolution 3, the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, when it contained language restricting the exception for federally funded abortions to “an act of forcible rape or, if a minor, an act of incest.” Forcible rape. That’s not too far from “legitimate rape.”

Some social conservatives talk of protecting religious freedom, but what they are really seeking is a theocracy that places limits on freedom based on a version of Judeo-Christianity that fits their liking. Some speak of fighting abortion because of their religious convictions and then belittle the trauma caused by rape. They think they can make this controversy all about Akin, as if Ryan’s legislative history is just going to disappear. As if DeGraaf never suggested women should plan ahead for rape the way he keeps a spare tire. As if none of us are paying attention. But we are.

What is your point of view regarding all the buzz about this “legitimate rape” issue? Are you for or against abortion ban? Shout out your thoughts via the comment box below!

Source: CNN

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Facebook Now Allows Users To Edit Comments

We’ve all done it. Your friend uploads a picture of their new puppy to Facebook, and you somehow manage to leave a comment congratulating them instead on their “new pappy.” So what do you do?

Until now, the only thing Facebook would let you do to correct the error was delete the comment and start again. But starting Thursday the site is also now offering the ability to edit your comment — and change that pappy back to the puppy you intended in the first place.

The edit option appears in the form of a small pencil icon on the right side of your comment. Clicking on the pencil will bring up a drop-down menu with the option to edit your comment as well as the option to delete it entirely.


Facebook told Mashable the site will also be “showing the editing history for a comment so that subsequent commenters or likers have the full context of the conversation.” That way if someone responds to a comment that gets edited commenters in the future can see the history of the conversation and not get lost.

The editing ability went live on Thursday evening, and will be gradually rolling out to all users over the next few days.

Do you like Facebook’s new feature for editing comments? Tell us of your funnies comment gaffe on the social network!

Source: CNN

Image: Deccan Chronicle