Todd Akin’s comments about women and rape are outrageous, and simply wrong.
He should just resign.
What I think of most politicians: When they don’t like the facts, they make up their own.
GOP Senate candidate says women can avoid pregnancy in “Legitimate Rape”:
A Republican congressmember running for the Senate in Missouri has sparked national outrage for comments on rape and abortion. Asked by a reporter why he opposes abortion even in cases of rape, Rep. Todd Akin said that in cases of what he called “legitimate rape,” women can somehow block a pregnancy from taking place
Reporter: “What about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?”
Todd Akin: “Well, you know, people always want to try and make that as one of those things: ‘Well, how do you — how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question?’ It seems to me, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. You know, I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Akin is a six-term member of Congress with Tea Party backing in his race to unseat Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill. He later issued a statement saying he “misspoke.” Last year, Akin supported a Republican measure that called for permanently barring federal abortion funding, allowing exceptions only in the case of what it deemed “forcible” rape.
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