Guess who agrees with Todd Akin's view that women who get pregnant from rape must stay pregnant? It's certainly not the American people – a full 75 percent of us disagree with Akin. It's first-term Texas congressman Quico Canseco from the San Antonio-based 23rd district.
In 2011, Canseco co-sponsored a bill with Todd Akin and GOP vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan to redefine rape. In hopes of limiting federal funds available rape victims' abortions, Canseco and Akin pushed to limit the funds to “forcible rape.” Medicaid patients, Akin and Canseco's primary targets, are unlikely to be able to afford an abortion otherwise. That means many more raped women would be forced to stay pregnant from the rape.
Reproductive rights expert Michelle Goldberg explained:
Victims of statutory rape-say, a 13-year-old girl impregnated by a 30-year-old man-would be on their own. So would victims of incest if they're over 18. And while “forcible rape” isn't defined in the criminal code, the addition of the adjective seems certain to exclude acts of rape that don't involve overt violence-say, cases where a woman is drugged or has a limited mental capacity.
As Ted Cruz says, a gaffe is when a politician accidentally tells the truth. The mistake Todd Akin made was showing how Republicans, including Quico Canseco, really think about rape. The proof is in the pudding: this bill. Though it failed after public backlash (yes, that can still happen sometimes) .
Quico Canseco might as well have made Akin's statement. If you get raped when you pass out at a party, Canseco will force you to have that baby. If your underage daughter gets lured by an adult into statutory rape, Canseco will force her to have that man's baby. If your wife gets drugged, gang-raped and pregnant on her way home from work, Canseco will make her carry that pregnancy to term. These are non-“forcible” rapes under Canseco's definition, and thus undeserving of assistance.
That's right: Canseco is a crazy asshole unfit for public office. Spread the word.