Why Won’t Sarah Palin Admit Her Body Has Magic Powers

Bryan Fischer AFA1Bryan Fischer wants to know why Sarah Palin won’t admit her body has magical powers. Palin, of course, is one of those who has told Todd Akin to quit, though she was uncommonly nice about it: “Bless his heart, I don’t want to pile on Todd Akin, because in some respects, I understand what he’s trying to say here, in standing on principle, that he doesn’t want to be perceived as a quitter, but you got to know when to hold them and know when to fold them. Missouri is a must-win state.”

You betcha.

She wants Akin to “take one for the team.”

Fischer wants women to take one for the team the team; all women, including Sarah Palin, for he team of white male patriarchs. He claims on the basis of an article in the Daily Mail that Todd Akin is right about rape and the magic sperm killing abilities of women who are raped. This article, which is not about rape but titled “Stress may be causing infertility in women,” says that “scientists [have] found that [women] with high levels of a stress hormone stop ovulating and are therefore unable to conceive.” In Bryan Fischer’s warped mind therefore, it is Todd Akin who is being raped, calling criticism of his extremist pal a “mindless…freakish…frenzied, forcible assault.”

Watch, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:

He says that if Akin loses it will not be his fault and blames not only the GOP ” poobah’s” but their allies in the conservative “punditocracy,”  saying “they are just going to hand this thing to Claire McCaskill.” And it’s not Democrats he is talking about but Republicans:

Fischer: Now unfortunately for the nattering nabobs of negativism who have dog-piled on Akin it turns out the London Daily Mail today…

Now I’m going with Todd Akin on this one. I’m going with the European Society for Human Reproduction . How about you? How about you Sean Hannity? How about you Rush Limbaugh? How about you Mark Levin? How about you Sarah Palin? Are you going to side with Todd Akin and modern science or are you going to side with the jackals who are trying to put this guy out of the Democrats’  misery?

Even Sarah Palin. Oh Sarah, I remember when you were Esther reborn, protected by the mystical powers of witch hunters. Now you’re just some nattering bimbo who won’t admit her body possesses magical powers.

It’s hard not to laugh when you see Bryan Fischer claim modern science is on his side. You can’t exactly call him a Luddite because he embraces technology in general (he appears on the radio and on the web, after all). His problem is more with the science that technology represents. This, of course, does not set him apart from the Republican Party at large, which is vociferously anti-science while claiming to champion science. We have to remind ourselves that Bryan Fischer is a symptom, not the disease itself, albeit a particularly noxious and irksome symptom.

Fischer claims to have modern science on his side, but an ABC News report shows that doctors don’t agree with Bryan Fischer’s inexpert analysis. Doctors Swati Shroff and Tiffany Chow write that “There are…numerous studies regarding rape and pregnancy.  Some data show that rape can not only result in pregnancy, but it may even lead to higher rates of pregnancy than consensual sex.”

A 1996 study in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology reported that “among adult women an estimated 32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.”  This study said the rate of becoming pregnant after sexual assault is considerable, estimating that “the national rape-pregnancy rate is 5.0 percent per rape among victims of reproductive age (aged 12 to 45).”

To make matters worse for those embracing the idea of magic sperm-killers “the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) released a statement on Monday: ‘Each year in the U.S., 10,000-15,000 abortions occur among women whose pregnancies are a result of reported rape or incest.'”

That’s a lot of pregnancies from rape considering women who are raped don’t get pregnant, isn’t it? And Drs Shroff and Chow moreover point out that “the statement said this is a fraction of the total number of rape-pregnancies, given that ‘an unknown number of pregnancies resulting from rape are carried to term.'”

If Fischer wants more evidence:

A 2003 study using data from the United States National Violence Against Women survey found that the rate at which women get pregnant after an incident of sexual assault is more than double that of a single act of consensual sex.  In this report, published in the journal Human Nature, the per-incident rape-pregnancy rate was 6.42 percent, and as high as 7.98 percent with statistical correction.  Of women having consensual sex, the per-incident pregnancy rate was 3.1 percent.

ACOG make no bones about it: science is not on Fischer and Akin’s side: Akin’s words are not only “medically inaccurate, offensive, and dangerous”  but “A woman who is raped has no control over ovulation, fertilization, or implantation of a fertilized egg (ie, pregnancy). To suggest otherwise contradicts basic biological truths.”

But Bryan Fischer read an article in the Daily Mail that is not about rape and pregnancy so he knows more than the doctors.

But in the end this isn’t about science. It’s about power and control. It’s about an age-old patriarchy reacting to a loss of privilege. Eve Ensler, author of the Vagina Monologues, wrote an open letter to Akin published in HuffPo, “Dear Mr. Akin, I Want You to Imagine…”

“The underlying assumption of your statement is that women and their experiences are not to be trusted. That their understanding of rape must be qualified by some higher, wiser authority,” she wrote, before imploring him to imagine someone “violently, hatefully forcing themself into you so that you are ripped apart.”

I have often said that the Republican plan is to return us to the 13th century. I’m apparently not alone in holding that opinion. CNN reports that “Under a column entitled “Mistake of words and of the heart,” the BBC’s North America editor Mark Mardell asked why a U.S. politician was peddling pregnancy rape theories which dated back to the 13th century.”

“Mr Akin may have many admirable qualities which recommend him to the voters of Missouri, but it seems strange that a 21st century politician is willing to legislate on the grounds of old wives’ tales. Perhaps he should be explaining that, rather than his clumsy use of language.”

Indeed he should, since it is not the clumsy use of language that got Akin in trouble but the beliefs behind his words that have now sparked outrage in every corner of the globe. It is not only Akin’s embrace of pseudo-science that is troubling but the need, as Ensler writes, to have a woman’s experience ” qualified by some higher authority” – white, male, conservative Christian authority to be specific. This is not the first or only instance of insufferable conservative Christian males seeking to ” protect”  women from themselves and it won’t be the last even if Akin himself is exiled to political oblivion because this attitude it rife within Republican ranks and will be as long as conservative Christianity controls the Republican platform.

Women don’t need men to validate their existence or their experiences; women don’t need men to make decisions for them about their own healthcare. They do need men to show at least a modicum of common sense and compassion in dealing with them, to recognize that women are a legitimate species even without male validation, and that wishful thinking won’t change facts. That is apparently too much to expect from a conservative male in 21st century America, and even Sarah Palin, whether she realizes it or not, deserves better than that.

25 Replies to “Why Won’t Sarah Palin Admit Her Body Has Magic Powers”

  1. I’m confused? The entire GOP platform states that women can’t have an abortion, even in the cases of rape, incest or if the women’s health is in danger PERIOD! Uh, isn’t that what Akin is all about? So,why are they asking him to step down? Shouldn’t he be the poster guy for their convention?
    The claim he has made fits into all that far right Christens and conservatives believe in: There is no rape, women are really asking for it, just look at the way they dress! NO NO NO actually means yes yes yes. And this is a legitimate(sic) party that is going to actually have people elected to government to represent us? Including women. Disgusting…just disgusting! Rape is Rape is Rape: it is violent, demeaning and outright WRONG! PERIOD!!

  2. You are exactly right. They are runnin g away from Akin and straight into the party position plank that refuses abortion for any reason, just what he said! And I read a FB post from a female that said, “You can’t paint all conservatives with Akin’s brush. I am female and against abortion, but I don’t believe what he said.” But she does believe that no abortion should be policy. So what is the difference? And why are women so ignorant as to think the GOP cares one iota about anything except that they have as many white babies as possible. Black women get it…it was no surprise to me that there is zero black support for the GOP. Or maybe it’s because they can’t afford to fly to another state oe country when the GOP bans a legal…

  3. I think Akins’ courage should be applauded for letting the world in on this incredible secret. We should all be thanking him for revealing to scientists this new form of cheap birth control. Rape.

    Seriously this whole thing should be a wake up call to all Americans that the Republican party is promoting dangerous nonsense and if they can convince enough people to vote for them they will soon have the authority to prohibit every woman’s right to make decisions about her own body.

  4. Sarah DOES have a magical body. She had a baby without even being pregnant.
    By the way, where IS Trig? No longer prop worthy for queen Esther?
    Now the Wasilla grifters are grooming Tripp for their next score. Pathetic child abusing family, one and all.

  5. “But in the end this isn’t about science. It’s about power and control. It’s about an age-old patriarchy reacting to a loss of privilege.”
    This should be shouted out, this is the bottom line, this is what is behind these policies. Old white men see their privilege diminishing and they are doing what they can, while they still have some power, to try to keep as much power as possible.

  6. Is it possible that triggy does not recognize scarah as his “mother?” That might make him a bit hard to control as a prop – especially if he throws a fit and hits her every time she tries to pick him up. Guess that would make him no longer useful huh.

  7. Akin should be the keynote speaker at the Republican convention, because he is simply stating what the entire Republican party has adopted as one of their planks in the Republican platform. This is a fact. All the Republicans asking Akin to step down are cowards, this is their belief, but they know it is wrong and evil, so they scapegoat Akin and act like they would never legislate such extreme positions, when just last year over 200 house Republicans voted for exactly what Akin was advocating. I’ve never seen such ignorance and cowardice in a political party. If America votes these idiots in office, they get what they deserve, because the Republicans have made it perfectly clear that they intend to destroy America as we know it.

  8. I agree completely. It’s unfortunate that we are today being put in the position of begging men to please allow us to have an abortion at least in the case of rape and incest, when in reality we should have to provide no more reason than the fact that it is our own body and our own decision. I owe them no explanation or excuse, and it is not up to any one of them to tell me when I should be forced to go through the difficulty of pregnancy, the excruciating pain and life threatening experience of childbirth and then spend the next two decades of my life raising a child. That is my my decision. It truly is a war against women.

    “If men could get pregnant, abortion would be a sacrament.” *

    *Gloria Steinam quoting Florynce Kennedy.

  9. They are tiptoeing around the whole “health of the mother” … ruptured fallopian tubes from tubal pregnancies.
    Imagine that – having your tubes ripped open – and then IF you survive the surgery, you are forced to explain to a judge that this was not an “illegitimate” abortion.
    Ryan and Akin are clones. Regardless of what Weasel Ryan says, he is absolutely lockstep in foot with Akin. Romney – who knows? Even Romney has never figured out what he knows or believes about anything.
    They are after birth control. They want women out of power – out of public office and total subjugated to men.
    I do not understand why any Republican woman could vote for a GOP in this election.

  10. Yes of course. Akin says what they all believe and he says it out loud.

    He should be their keynote speaker. HE is who they are.

  11. Of course it is about power. That’s all it has ever been about in the case of women in politics.
    The only thing Palin has that is magical is the fact that her daughter gives birth to her children for her.

  12. Thomas, Agree but what these neanderthals don’t know apparently is that more ‘male’ foetus’ and babies die while ‘female’ foetus’and babies survive so their world will be eventually be overrun with females not males.
    I won’t swear to the accuracy of this today but it was true a few decades ago so can’t imagine that it’s not a contiuning trend.

  13. The Rethugs can’t run away from this one thankfully. Ryan’s name is listed as a (co) sponser to Akin’s bill.
    I do hope Dems and their PAC create ads for this while it’s still in the news and run it all across America.

  14. The original experiments to assess pregnancy after stress were conducted in the Death camps of WWII. (I didn’t say ‘Hitler.’ Oops.)

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