Willful ignorance about the biology of rape

This is an extremely concise and well-written article that says absolutely everything that needs to be said about Todd Akin’s boneheaded comments over the weekend. Some key portions:

“The problem, of course, is that such pregnancies do occur. More than 31,000 of them happen in America every year. Pretending they don’t by listening to a few anecdotes won’t make them go away.”

Uprprof: clearly Akin has decided to hear what he wants to hear on the matter, now what the actual truth is. Also, anecdote is not science!

“The good news is that all of this is avoidable. Stick to science. If people did that more, they wouldn’t have to claim they “misspoke” later.”

Uprprof: science is how we discern what is true from what is untrue. It would be nice if Akin, who currently sits on the House Committee for Science and Technology, understood this.

I suppose we should not be surprised, though, that Akin has no functional grasp of science. As usual, views on climate change are a good barometer of science-related wingnuttery. Akin on climate change:

“This whole thing strikes me if it weren’t so serious as being a comedy you know. I mean, we just went from winter to spring. In Missouri when we go from winter to spring, that’s a good climate change. I don’t want to stop that climate change you know. Who in the world want to put politicians in charge of the weather anyways?”




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