In light of Rep. Todd Akin's http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/weblogs/jackblog/2012/aug/19/are-republicans-really-trying-to-redefine-rape-ser/">lunatic comments this weekend about "legitimate rape," other extremist statements about women's health issues are emerging from members of Congress. Take http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaE0pXK5cZ8&feature=player_embedded">this video of Rep. Alan Nunnelee, R-Miss., slamming Planned Parenthood in support of an effort to de-fund the organization. In it, Nunnelee states:
In this resolution not one dime or womens’ health or family planning health funding is reduced. It simply says those dollars cannot go to Planned Parenthood. This is an organization that has protected those who prey on our children and has protected those who have raped our granddaughters.
Raped our granddaughters? WT...? We have called Nunnelee's office to find out what he was talking about. Our best guess is that he is referring to accusations by the right that Planned Parenthood protect older statutory rapists who prey on under-age women.
Of course, that would be especially ironic if so, considering that http://www.jacksonfreepress.com/weblogs/jackblog/2012/aug/19/reps-akin-ryan-et-al-worked-together-to-try-to-red/">Nunnelee worked with Rep. Akin, Ryan and other House Republicans to redefine the definition of rape to "forcible rape" to make it harder for teen girls to get abortions, especially in the case of statutory rape.
So, is this really about protecting our granddaughters, Rep. Nunnelee—or forcing teenagers to give birth to babies of their rapists of whatever age? Mississippi rape victims, and their parents, eagerly await your response.