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Missouri Senate Hopeful, Todd Akin, Justifies Anti-Abortion Stance By Claiming Rape Victims Rarely Get Pregnant

Missouri Senate Hopeful, Todd Akin, Justifies Anti-Abortion Stance By Claiming Rape Victims Rarely Get Pregnant

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) who won his fight to battle Missouri Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill, for her Senate seat in November, tried to justify his extreme opposition to abortion by claiming that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.

On Sunday, in an interview with KTVI-TV Akin was asked if he supported abortion in the case of rape.

"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."

McCaskill wasted little time in pouncing on Akin's conservative record, calling him "out of touch" the following day.

"We're going to prove to Missourians that Todd Akin is out of touch with their problems, out of touch with the pain that they feel, and out of touch with the views that they hold dear," she said.

She also tweeted this message:

Akin's comments on abortion and rape come less than two weeks after he suggested banning the morning-after pill.



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Sheri is the author of The Spell of Religion and the Battle Over Gay Marriage. She and her husband, Steve, have a keen interest in spirituality and metaphysics. As she longed for a deeper understanding of the pathway to God, one that taught more than the simple concept “Be good in this life and you will be rewarded in the next,” Sheri was drawn to the metaphysical world, a world untainted by the personal agendas of man through dogma.
  • Deborah_B

    The Republicans have really gone to the extreme with respect to their "pro-life" positions. Romney and Ryan support "personhood" amendments that declare zygotes to be persons having constitutional rights; women have been compared with livestock; men like Akin seem to think that rape is no big deal. Commonsense has been thrown out the window to satisfy the religious right.

    I can understand why people may be opposed to abortion, but it is not a black and white issue. That's why it needs to be an individual's decision and her healthcare provider.

  • Larry Linn

    Let me guess, he is an old white Republican giving a lecture to women
    about their bodies and their rights. Why would anyone vote for him?

    • I'm not voting for him. I voted for McCatskill (spelling intentional)

  • WTF Man

    My literal, physical response when I first saw the title of this article was to involuntarily say "What the F*ck?" What the hell universe is this guy living in? Rape victims get pregnant all the time, and women are not livestock! How in the hell these guys aren't taking cold showers and/or "polishing their own rockets" for the rest of their lives I'll never know. You'd think no woman would ever want to be involved with a man that has those kind of attitudes in this day and age.

    • I agree and Atkins is an uneducated hillbilly.

  • Nelson Cooper
  • I read the title to my older son and he said, "Needs citation". I told him, "I'm sure Deborah did cite it." He replied, "No, Atkins needs to cite his statement."

  • Peter

    It's difficult to comment on
    something this ridiculous and perhaps it's not my place as non-American to do
    so. This falls into the same category as women are asking for it because of the
    way they dress, a core belief for many fundamentalist Christians. Perhaps, Akin
    also believes a woman getting pregnant because of this violation was just
    asking for it, a rape didn't happen.

    "First of all, from what I
    understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare." Akin told
    KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. "If it’s a legitimate rape, the
    female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." What the hell
    does Congressman Akin mean by "legitimate rape?" Women have amazing
    bodies but not that amazing. Who are these unnamed doctors he says told him a
    raped woman has the biological means to prevent conception. Where did they get
    their degrees, from a storefront diploma mill?

    Furthermore, in 2011, Akin floated a
    bill to deny federal funding for abortions for rape victims to only those who
    suffered "forcible rape." What other kind of rape is there? The
    co-sponsor of this progressive piece of legislation was Paul Ryan.

    This Neanderthal would be more at
    home in an Islamic country that forces women to cover themselves from head to
    toe. If raped, under sharia law, they have to prove the rape was not
    just consensual sex. Of course, Islamic courts don't consider a woman's
    testimony as valid anyway, just hysteria. If married, they accuse her of
    adultery and stone her to death.

    How did it ever come to this,
    America, the world shakes its head?

    • It means, he is being an idiot and giving rapists a get out of jail free card, just as you said. If the woman doesn't get pregnant (sort of like the adultery test for women in the Bile) from the rape, then it was a real rape, according to "Married" A-kin, but if she gets pregnant, then it's not only her fault, but it was not rape. Thus, a 12 y.o. could be raped by her father, get pregnant, and the idiot "Married" A-kin would blame the 12 y.o. calling it "not incest". He's a stupid misogynistic idiot wanting into office. Hopefully Missourians are not dumb enough to elect him, but I don't know, because they passed that stupid Public Prayer thing. *rolling eyes*

  • Sheri

    Little did I know when I picked this story up on the AP yesterday that it would be the biggest story in political news today. It's definitely helping to shine a light on Paul Ryan and his archaic stance on abortion and women's health. He actually worked with Todd Akin in trying to redefine what rape is.

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