Akin isn't Missouri's only offender on women's issues
The latest salvo in the war on women was fired Sunday by U.S. Rep Todd Akin, who told talk show host Charles Jaco that women rarely get pregnant from “legitimate rape” because the “female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Rep. Akin’s astonishing remarks betray a gross insensitivity to rape victims, and a woeful ignorance of basic biology. His statements – including his unconvincing attempt to backpedal – were quickly decried by politicians in both parties.
President Obama called them “offensive.” Mitt Romney added that he would not oppose abortion in cases of rape.
Unfortunately, the same mindset of putting personal political ideology before the needs of women is pervasive in the Missouri Legislature.
This year it manifested in the passage of Senate Bill 749, a poorly developed piece of legislative overkill that could jeopardize access to contraception for hundreds of thousands of Missouri women and their families — this from legislators who want less government intrusion in the lives of Missourians.