Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) has been a staunch pro-lifer her entire political career. She opposes abortion even in cases of rape, incest or when the life of the mother is in danger. She’s positioned herself as a national leader in the Pro-Life movement. Here’s Bachmann during a 2012 Presidential Debate positioning herself to the right of former MN Gov. Tim Pawlenty who believes in exceptions for rape, incest and the life of the mother.
But now that Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) has suggested that women have magical rape sperm protection in their ladyparts, where does Bachmann stand on his claim? As a trailblazer for the Pro-Life movement, I am surprised she hasn’t commented on this.
When Akin doubled down on his insanity suggesting that he was only talking about legitimate rape, where does Bachmann stand on this claim?
Akin can’t seem to stop digging. He is now suggesting that women make false rape claims. Where does Bachmann stand on this?
Here’s what is particularly interesting. Akin was simply repeating a lie that has been perpetuated by Dr. Jack C. Willke, a founder of the Pro-Life movement. This lie has been circulating around the Pro-Life movement since 1985. Willke resurrected a paper written the U of M in the 70s that has been widely debunked as bull****. Bachmann is sure to have heard it.
Willke wrote a book defending the raped-women-don’t-get-pregnant view in 1985, then followed up with a paper on the topic in 1999. On Monday, the day after Akin made his controversial comments, Willke defended the view again, saying: “[Rape] is a traumatic thing — she’s, shall we say, she’s uptight. She is frightened, tight, and so on. And sperm, if deposited in her vagina, are less likely to be able to fertilize. The tubes are spastic.”
What is Bachmann’s stance on Dr. Willke’s claims?
As a bonus, here’s Bachmann getting her crazy on speaking on the floor of Congress: