I know it's yesterday's news, and I also usually don't bring up politics on this blog, but I am also a woman, and I think that Todd Aiken's comments, and the anti-abortion laws that have been creeping into legislation all over our country in the past couple of years are something we need to discuss.
The problem with someone like Todd Aiken getting up and making such offensive comments - namely that someone can distinguish between "legitimate rape" and, apparently, any other kinds of rape and making the completely false statement that women's' bodies will prevent the woman from getting pregnant. The problem with such inflammatory comments is that someone who is still pretty conservative on this issue can get up and say "That's ridiculous, I fully support abortion rights in cases of rape." And they sound reasonable. Except what they're also saying is that they don't support abortion in any cases OTHER than rape. But because they don't sound as crazy as Todd Aiken, their statement seems like a much more understandable sentiment, and pretty soon, this becomes a much more popular view.
And this is a slippery slope. Even if you think abortion shouldn't be allowed unless the pregnancy is a result of rape - how do you plan to have the woman prove that? Then we will have a society where women will be forced to prove that a crime was committed, when we all know how difficult that has been to prove in many cases for the criminal-prosecution side of things.
We cannot allow the small infringements on women's' rights to pass without comment - such as a the mandated ultrasounds in states like Texas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina - or they will just set the stage for bigger infringements to come.