Tuesday, August 21, 2012
If you haven't read the news at all in the last 48 hours Todd Akin, a Tea-Party Republican from the House of Representatives, recently made the following statement in a television interview:
"From what I understand from doctors, pregnancy [as a result of rape] is really rare. If it's legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down."
Barring how insulting and ignorant his comments were, the scariest part of me is that this guy is actually on the United States House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, and he doesn't even know how the female reproductive system works. There really should be a scientific aptitude test that politicians have to pass as a pre-requisite to serving in congress; let alone to serve on the department that has jurisdiction over NASA, the Department of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (to name a few). In fact, there are only four congress people on the entire board that have a background in sciences other than the medical profession (and political science of course). Perhaps the real scariest part is that the committee on science, space and technology is dominated by lawyers.