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By Soraya Chemaly:
Tuesday night, Indiana Republican Senate candidate Richard Mourdock explained that it was his belief that rape pregnancies are “something that God intended to happen.” Both Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have endorsed Mourdock, although Romney quickly made sure to announce didn’t agree with him on rape and abortion. Lots of men deciding when women should and shouldn’t be pregnant either way. Why this is surprising to anyone is beyond me at this point. We’ve now been subjected to months of surreal revelation when it comes to what people think and understand about rape, god and women’s magical bodies.
In case you’ve been deep-sea diving in the Marianas Trench, yet another Republican Congressman unwittingly revealed his party’s contempt for and distrust of women. And he did it by once again illustrating how the “war on women” is really part of a larger issue. What Todd Akin said and believes doesn’t just play into a media-catchy, election year “war on women” narrative. It’s part of a reactionary, fundamentalist backlash to modernity. It’s a war on science. It’s a war on facts. It’s a war on critical thinking.