In an effort to remind members of Congress how a woman’s body works, a group of reproductive rights advocates is sending copies of Our Bodies, Ourselves — a classic book that covers topics like birth control, pregnancy, body image, and menopause — to Congressional offices.
Executive director of the National Women’s Health Network, Cynthia Pearson, told the Washington Examiner that she thinks many politicians could use a lesson in the science of reproduction:
“What seems to be going on somewhat right now,” she said, “is public figures’ willingness to make statements of fact that are so badly wrong.”
Women’s health care expert Diana Zuckerman agreed that health care leaders are a “bit alarmed by some of the misstatements among legislators about what is and isn’t true about medical technology,” but maintained that this initiative wasn’t meant to single out a particular party.
“This is something that is really bipartisan,” she said. “I think there’s ignorance on both sides.”
While confusion about women’s anatomy may be bipartisan, recent examples of incorrect science come mainly from Republicans. Rep Todd Akin (R-MO), who is currently bidding for a Senate seat, claimed in 2008 that women “who are not actually pregnant” get abortions; Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) recently tried to argue that an abortion is never needed to save a woman’s life; and Republicans across the country have cited outdated science to claim that the morning after pill — known widely as Plan B — flushes a fertilized egg from a woman’s body, when in fact it merely prevents an egg from becoming fertilized.
(HT: National Journal)