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GOP Senate Nominee: Victims Of ‘Legitimate Rape’ Do Not Get Pregnant

by Andrew Kirell
3:06 pm, August 19th, 2012Republican Congressman Todd Akin, currently the GOP nominee running for Senate against incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill,
justified his absolute opposition to abortion (no exceptions for rape)
by claiming that the victims of “legitimate rape” have biological
mechanisms in place to reject and prevent pregnancy.
“If an abortion can be considered in the case of a tubal pregnancy [where the mother's life is threatened],” said host Charles Jaco, “what about in the case of rape? Should it be legal or not?”


“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really
rare,” Akin said about pregnancy from rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape,
the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin continued on to suggest that when those protections fail,
abortion shouldn’t be an available course of action for the victim.
“Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,” he said. “I
think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be
on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
TPM points out
that Akin has a history of controversial positions on abortion. As a
Missouri state legislator, Akin questioned an anti-marital rape law over
whether it might be misused “in a real messy divorce as a tool and a
legal weapon to beat up on the husband,” but eventually voted for it.
This past week Akin also took some heat for seeming to suggest
that the federal voting rights laws of the 1960s needed to be looked at
or repealed entirely. After some outcry, he clarified that he is not
specifically opposed to those particular laws and supports voting rights
for all people.UPDATE #2: Republican Congressman Todd Akin released the following statement saying he ‘misspoke’ :


“As a member of Congress, I believe that working to
protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important
responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and
victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s
clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep
empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused
every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low
in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the
Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.
“I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a
very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection
of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is
the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who,
like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their
support in this election.
“But I also believe that this election is about a wide range of very
important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we
will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We’ve had 42 straight
months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion-dollar deficits, and
Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government,
instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while
there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot
defend the Democrats’ failed economic record of the last four years,
that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead.”

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Added: Aug-19-2012 Occurred On: Aug-19-2012
By: dcmfox
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Tags: gop, senate, nomiee, victims, legitimate, rape, don't, get, pregnant
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