“By Any Other Name” (For Todd Akin, and even, perhaps, Paul Ryan)
By Any Other Name
I want it to hurt,” he said,
(meaning, it hurt).
Though she did not get pregnant,
(meaning, perhaps, that the pain was ‘legitimate,’)
even though he had no gun,
(if a hard sell for ‘forcible.’)
Still, her body, it seemed, shut down,
for some period afterwards
as he forced himself, these times, into her head,
(which is to say, as he hurt her),
just as he had wanted,
(no matter what words you use),
and she had not.
The above is a draft poem written in response to the remarks of Todd Akin, six=term Missouri Representative and current Senatorial candidate, about the lack of need for a rape exception for abortion bans due to his “understanding” that many women’s bodies “shut down” during “legitimate” rape and thereby avoid pregnancy. Many Republicans have distanced themselves from Akin since his remarks–they really really really want that Senate seat (and there is concern, for some reason, that Akin may have flubbed it.) It is worth noting, however, that House Republicans recently pushed a bill (co-sponsored by Paul Ryan) that would require a proof of “forcible rape” (rather than just plain old regular rape) in order to qualify for the rape exception from the ban on using federal Medicaid funds to pay for abortion.
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