A leader of the Montana Constitution Party defended Todd Akin’s claim that women don’t get pregnant from legitimate rape in the Missoulian this week. Marilyn Hatch, of Lolo, says real rape victims don’t get pregnant because:
5. There can be disruption of the ovulation cycles due to the extreme emotional trauma. (A. Helligers, U.S.C.C. AB Conference, Washington, D.C., October 1967).
6. One study shows there is 58 percent “sexual dysfunction” (no penetration, or retarded or premature ejaculation).
7. Another study shows that there is often no sperm deposited in the vagina.
What kind of person would defend forced pregnancy for rape victims?
Marilyn Hatch has been arrested for obstructing access to health care clinics in four states, the Missoulian reported. Hatch also ran a fake “gold standard” bank in Victor, which she believed would help disrupt the United States banking system. The bank, known as a “redemption center” accepted fake money called “Liberty Dollars” and exchanged them for gold and silver. The Montana Human Rights Network has a great report on Hatch’s wingnut activities.
Of course, Hatch is not the only Montana conservative to support these appalling views. A former candidate for chair of the Montana Republican party, Rick Breckenridge, is also on the record defending Akin’s views. Breckenridge’s Facebook page reads “Hang in their Atkin [sic].” He also claims on Facebook that he knows “several victims of rape who did not get pregnant.”
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Besides his candidacy for GOP party chair, you might remember Rick Breckenridge as a platinum sponsor of the “Liberty Convention 2010”. As Cowgirl readers recall, this was the conference in Montana that sparked an FBI investigation into an anti-government plot to kill Alaska state troopers. Media Matters reported that the FBI got involved after one of the conferences speakers bragged to the audience about commanding a 3,500 strong armed militia and creating a new court system to supplant federal courts.
People like Breckenridge and Hatch are classic examples of the kind of people who hold these views. Which is why it’s so disurbing that Congressman Rehberg sent Akin $5,000 bucks and that Tim Fox and Congressman Hill share Akin’s views on forced pregnancy for rape victims.