Dutch Christian fundamentalist’s ‘Akin’ on abortion

This satirical video from the USA is called Todd Akin Rape & Abortion Apology: NewsyToons.

Remember United States Republican politician Todd Akin, claiming that there is a thing called “legitimate rape“, and that supposedly raped women don’t get pregnant; so, in banning abortion, there is no need no make an exception for rape cases?

Well, the Netherlands now has its own “Todd Akin”. In the campaign for the September 12 Dutch general election, Kees van der Staaij now says, with the same lack of medical science knowledge as his United States ‘hero’, that raped women supposedly have just a small chance of getting pregnant.

Van der Staaij is wrong on this, medical scientists say.

Who is Kees van der Staaij? He is the leader of the fundamentalist Calvinist Protestant SGP party. That party has two seats in the 150-seat Dutch parliament. They are a bit comparable to the “Reverend” Ian Paisley‘s party in Northern Ireland.

The SGP does not have women candidates in elections. They say that Dutch women have the right to vote since the 1920s, but that this right should be abolished. They are the only party in parliament which wants to bring back the death penalty (abolished in the Netherlands in 1870).

The SGP wants the government to persecute “false religions” (meaning religions which are not fundamentalist Protestant, like Roman Catholicism). A predecessor of Van der Staaij as SGP leader, C.N. van Dis, said in an interview that gay people will burn and freeze in hell.

If “moderate conservative” Dutch parties will not get a majority of their own in parliament, then they may make deals with Kees van der Staaij’s SGP. Like already happened under the old Dutch Rightist government coalition, which collapsed this spring.

At least 30 people from the Dutch Bible belt have so far been diagnosed with measles in the first outbreak of the sometimes fatal disease in 13 years. The infections are largely based around strict Protestant schools in a broad sweep across the country from the Veluwe area to Zeeland province, the public health institute RIVM said in a statement. Fundamentalist Protestants in the Netherlands do not believe in having their children vaccinated: here.

USA: Last week, Paul Ryan gave an interview in which, defending his position that there should be no excuses for abortion, he referred to rape as a “method of conception”: here.

Paul Ryan Defends Use of ‘Forcible Rape’ Terminology: here.

GOP Congressman Channels Todd Akin: ‘The Incidence Of Rape Resulting In Pregnancy Are Very Low’: here.

Catholics and church at odds on contraception, divorce and abortion. Survey in 12 countries finds 78% of Catholics support contraception and 65% think abortion should be allowed: here.

SGP financial scandal: here.

37 thoughts on “Dutch Christian fundamentalist’s ‘Akin’ on abortion

  1. It’s shocking that these kind of people still exist, and they’re all over the world! Rape is rape, there’s no other way around it. And abortion, though it is an ongoing personal ethics debate, should always be available for those that want it. Those that believe in pro-life don’t need to use the services, but they need to be there for those that do. I’ve written a little piece on all this, sparked by Todd Akin’s ridiculous claims. http://bit.ly/NkUcyc


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    > Republican Congressman Asks His Mistress to Get an Abortion—Then Passes Anti-Abortion Bill
    > “You had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week.”

    > Oct. 3, 2017
    > Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/AP
    > Text messages obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette suggest that Rep. Tim Murphy (R-Pa.)—a favorite of the pro-life movement and the cosponsor of a new bill to ban abortion after 20 weeks—asked his girlfriend to have an abortion earlier this year.
    > The Post-Gazette reported Tuesday that Shannon Edwards, a 32-year-old forensic psychologist in Pittsburgh with whom Murphy recently admitted to having an extramarital affair, called out the congressman on January 25 after he posted an anti-abortion statement on his Facebook page. “And you have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week when we thought that was one of the options,” Edwards wrote in a text message.
    > “You have zero issue posting your pro-life stance all over the place when you had no issue asking me to abort our unborn child just last week,” Edwards wrote.
    > “I get what you say about my March for life messages. I’ve never written them. Staff does them. I read them and winced. I told staff don’t write any more. I will,” Murphy, 65, texted back that same day, according to the Post-Gazette. (As it turns out, Edwards wasn’t pregnant in the end.)
    > The Post-Gazette’s story landed just as the House was passing Murphy’s cosponsored bill, which makes it illegal to undergo an abortion after 20 weeks with the exceptions of rape, incest, and threats to a mother’s life. Murphy has received an endorsement from LifePAC, once received an award from the Family Research Council, and is a member of the House Pro-Life Caucus.
    > The eight-term congressman is expected to face challenges within his own district, including from a former Pennsylvania teachers’ union president who decided to run after Murphy voted in favor of a Republican health care overhaul bill.


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