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Monday, August 20, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comment Prompts Backlash

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing criticism after his comment that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.” (AP)

Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin is facing harsh criticism after his comment that women’s bodies can prevent pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”

Akin, a six-term congressman running against incumbent Democrat Sen. Claire McCaskill, spoke on the “Jaco Report” on the local Fox TV station in St. Louis, where he was asked whether abortion should be legal in cases of pregnancy from rape.

“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 that there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not attacking the child,” he said.

Akin has since issued a statement saying he misspoke during the interview, and that his comments didn’t reflect his “deep empathy” for rape victims. But he didn’t take back or clarify his reference to “legitimate rape.”

Experts estimate that about 30,000 American women each year become pregnant as a result of rape.

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  • my wife is my cousin

    dude looks like a child molester ,or his wife and sister is the same person,,,how could you not know the basics of “THE BIRDS N BEES” ? you stick it in, there might be a pregnancy,no shutting down as per “LEGITIMATE RAPE” DUH?

  • CA-GW

    I love that Scott Brown recommended that he pull out of the race. ;^)

  • BHA_in_Vermont

    It is AMAZING that anyone could be this stupid.
    - Does he REALLY believe it?
    - Where did he learn this ‘fact’?
    - How many other people think this is a ‘fact’?

    “Experts estimate that about 30,000 American women each year become pregnant as a result of rape.”

    Must be they were not LEGITIMATE acts of rape.

    Mr. Akins might want to take a LONG vacation somewhere there is no internet, no TV, no phones, no radio and definitely no women.

  • Heartbern

    Just FYI you called Faye Boozeman, HER.  Faye was a man and he died while Mike Huckabee was  still Gov. He named the Dept of Health building after Boozeman.

    • Robin

      Yes, DEEP apologies..

      Robin 

  • Edward Silha

    It seems to me that no one other than a rape victim has the authority to speak authoritatively on this subject. It is especially ludicrous that any man has the arrogance to specify what a rape victim must do.

  • ImaTaxpayer2

    Now he’s saying that he used the wrong words in the wrong context!? No Todd, you’re using the wrong thinking and you meant every word. In the last four years I’ve heard so many racist, bigoted, sexist, misogynistic, and just plain stupid things come unapologetically out of peoples mouths it’s like we’ve gone back to the 1940s.

  • Sarah

    He was trying to hide the answer to the original question.  It is “NO”.  This man feels that  if a woman is raped, and becomes pregnant, it is her problem, with no way out.  (Lets face it – even with abortion available, the aftermath is hers, and it is awful.)   Even in these extreme circumstances, he feels that HE, or rather, HIS CHURCH knows best for everyone. 

    He didn’t mean that the rape was legitimate in any way.  He was thinking that he doubts that women who become pregnant out of the act were really raped in the first place.  Or perhaps he thinks that the reason for many miscarriages is that the child wasn’t wanted/ was a result of rape? 

    Any way you put it, this was a world class example of taking one foot out of one’s mouth in order to put the other one in.

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