Women Head to Akin's Office to Set the Record Straight
A caravan of women are headed for Todd Akin's office in Missouri to deliver the representative a quick lesson in women's biology. The caravan comes in response to Akin's inconceiveably stupid comment about legitimate rape, in which he claimed that women cannot get pregnant from "legitimate" acts of rape, because "if it's legitimate rape the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."
Departing from Chicago this afternoon, the women will deliver copies of the 40th anniversary version of Bodies, Ourselves to Akin's office in person on Friday morning.
"Seriously, who needs accurate women’s health information more than a member of Congress who thinks women can magically ward off pregnancies if their rape was “legitimate”?" writes Christine Cupaiuolo, one of the caravaning women. "So, what amazing feats have you accomplished with your uterus today?" she snarked.
Akin's comments have the Romney/Ryan ticket and the entire GOP scrambling to apologize for a comment that reveals not only one representative's extreme, anti-choice position about women's right to abortion, but also the disregard for women within the broader GOP. Oh, and a basic misunderstanding about their anatomy.
Caravans are increasingly being used as tools of activism to raise awareness. This year, nuns have been riding buses cross-country to speak out against anti-austerity; students have "smuggled" books into Arizona through caravans carrying banned Latino-studies literature; and Mexican activists are currently on a caravan across the U.S. to raise awareness about the United States' role in violence in Mexico and grow a movement for peace.