In criticizing Todd Akin’s recent remarks, Tom Smith stuck his foot way down the throat of the GOP, and then proceeded to twist. In explaining why he agreed with Akin that there should be no exceptions to an abortion ban, even rape or incest, which clearly includes, like, 11-year-old girls raped by their fathers giving birth to their own siblings because that worked out so well in Ted Bundy’s case and we want more Republicans like Bundy, he took his grotesque and offensive view one step further.
First, let’s set the scene. A reporter asked how he would handle a daughter or granddaughter becoming pregnant by rape.
Smith said he had already “lived something similar to that” in his family.
“She chose life, and I commend her for that,” he said. “She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn’t have to … she chose the way I thought. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t rape.”
Let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume he does know the difference, but was just – in typical political sleazoid fashion – so desperately trying to steer the conversation toward his message that he said something election-sabotagingly stupid. But wait – it gets so much worse. And even at this point, we have the disturbing suggestion that he “didn’t have to…” – what, tie his female relative up in the basement until she gave birth? – because “she chose the way I thought.” Bitch wasn’t entitled to think for herself, after all. [Thanks for the catch, SunlessNick!]
When a reporter asked Smith to clarify what kind of situation was similar to becoming pregnant from rape, the candidate responded, “Having a baby out of wedlock.”
He added, “Put yourself in a father’s position. Yes, it is similar.”
Here’s where the benefit of the doubt groans, walks out of the room and slams the door behind itself. Because Tom Smith has just done two really sickening things. First, he’s erased women entirely from this issue. Pregnancy for him is all about the fathers, even if they are rapists. Women are just a sort of vending machine – stick your penis in, and out pops a baby. Even his female relative is just this vending machine that made the “right” decision, i.e., the decision Smith would have made for her.
And second, he’s just equated all you fathers, wannabe fathers and might-have-been fathers with – you got it – rapists. (And somehow it’s feminists who have a reputation for thinking all men are rapists.) As if whatever feelings a rapist may go through upon learning his victim aborted his potential offspring equates to what a boyfriend might feel upon learning his girlfriend aborted his potential offspring. While I don’t agree that male partners should be legally entitled to any say in the matter, of course they are entitled to have feelings about it.
And by the way, men already do have a say in preventing abortion. It’s called not having vaginal intercourse. You guys can exercise this right anytime you feel it would crush your spirit if your female partner got pregnant and decided to have an abortion. It actually guarantees you won’t go through that experience, which is a much better deal than women get.
Akin and his “forcible rape” bill partner, Ryan, and this Smith character all have demonstrated one of two things; either they hate women so much, they value male rapists more, or they have bought into the idea that most men are very good people (well, at least white men – maybe the press should’ve asked Smith what he’d do if a girl in his family was impregnated by an African-American rapist, oh noes!) and women are lying bitches who ruin men’s lives by denying they consented to sex when they really did. Either way, their opinion of women says more about them that it says about women.