In a surprise news conference Monday, President Barack Obama addressed the controversy surrounding a remark by Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) that women who suffer "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.
"The views expressed were offensive," said Obama. "Rape is rape. And the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn't make sense to the American people and certainly doesn't make sense to me. So what I think these comments do underscore is why we shouldn't have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women."
Obama did not call on Akin to leave the race, as some Republicans have done. "He was nominated by the Republicans in Missouri," he said, "I will let them sort that out." He did, however, use the opportunity to contrast his approach toward women's health care with that of the GOP.
"Although these particular comments have led Governor Romney and other Republicans to distance themselves, I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions, or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape, I think those are broader issues," Obama said. "And that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party."
You know the idea that anybody has to clarify that "rape is rape" in 2012, is nothing less than chilling. And that the fact that many, if not most, in the Republican party seem to believe that certain types of rape are less traumatic than others should literally scare the crap out of women in this country.
Just imagine if you were the victim forced to assign a number to just how "raped" you had been, and that THAT would determine whether or not you would be forced to raise your rapist's baby or not.
Apparently barbarism is alive and well in the Republican party of 2012.
Come on ladies, are you REALLY having trouble deciding which political party is on your side here?
Update: For those who want to watch a video of the President's response, that can be found here.