by David Badash for The New Civil Rights Movement:
American Family Association today came out in support of comments Congressman Todd Akin made over the weekend, that the bodies of women victims of “legitimate rape” — as he called it Sunday — can automagically prevent getting pregnant all by themselves. Fischer, the public face of the certified anti-gay hate group, American Family Association, said:
“When you have a real, genuine rape, a case of forcible rape, a case of assault rape, where a woman has been violated against her will, through the use of physical force,” Fischer describes, adding “there’s a very delicate and complex mix of hormones that take place that are released in a woman’s body and if that gets interfered with it may make it impossible for her or difficult in that particular circumstance to conceive a child.”
Of course, the chances of what Fischer is stating are dramatically low. Just ask the 32,000 women who get pregnant each year through rape.
Fischer is defending a lie. It’s an old one, one meant to demean women, one meant to protect men and one meant to make women out to be “responsible” for being raped (the old, “she wanted it.”)
And it’s disgusting.
Is there any wonder why the American Family Association is on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s list of hate groups? It’s not the hate, it’s the lies.