Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DesJarlais Rejects Akin's Medical Theory, Stands by the Term 'Forcible Rape'

Posted By on Wed, Aug 22, 2012 at 10:54 AM

U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who did not partake in drunken skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee last year, tells Andy Sher there is "no medical basis" for Rep. Todd Akin's infamous statement about women's secret "legitimate rape"-specific pregnancy defense mechanism.

"As a physician there is no medical basis that could or should have led anyone to make such insensitive statements," DesJarlais told the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

But the 2011 bill in which Republicans saw fit to clarify the definition of rape by introducing the migraine-bait term "forcible rape"?

Yeah, he's still cool with that:

[T]he Jasper physician is making no apologies for his support of a 2011 House Republican bill, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act."

The measure, which passed the GOP-controlled House last year but went nowhere in the Senate, sought to further toughen restrictions on federal funding of abortions. It did that by substituting the phrase "forcible rape" for "rape," which is part of the current ban.

"I have been a consistent supporter of pro-life values," DesJarlais said. "This bipartisan bill simply prevents taxpayer dollars from being used to perform abortions. Human life is sacred and taxpayer funding of abortion is counter to the values a great many Tennesseans hold."

(Read the whole story here.)

Yesterday, a release from DesJarlais' Democratic opponent Eric Stewart claimed that DesJarlais' political director Corey Lester had posted a Facebook message that read, "Congressman Todd Akin, Do NOT withdraw from your Senate race." The page appears to have been deleted or shrouded in Facebook privacy, but the release included a screenshot.

In any event, if you're a woman who now finds yourself slightly confused about what circumstances might result in pregnancy, you might consult this handy flow chart from Mother Jones.

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