Todd Akin — a member of the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology — is justly famous for his medical expertise on the "legitimate rape" counter-measures available to the female body. But until Amanda Marcotte spotlighted a speech he gave on the House floor in 2008, few of us were aware of his contributions to to analytic philosophy…
"It is no big surprise that we fight the terrorists because they are fundamentally un-American, and yet we have terrorists in our own culture called abortionists… You find that along with the culture of death go all kinds of other law-breaking: not following good sanitary procedure, giving abortions to women who are not actually pregnant, cheating on taxes, all these kinds of things, misuse of anesthetics so that people die or almost die."
That is some deep stuff. That is why Akin is on the Science, Space and Technology committee and we are not.
As Dan Amira explains, it's possible Akin was referring to a spectacularly rare phenomenon in which shady doctors defraud women by performing phony procedures when the patients aren't actually pregnant. In which case, Akin isn't so much a meta-physicist as a consumer advocate.
But this doesn't free us of the deeper philosophical question. Aren't abortions in which no fetus is terminated the best kind of abortion from a pro-life perspective? Why isn't staunch anti-choicer Todd Akin standing up for fake abortions?
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