‘Legitimate Rape’ Doesn’t Cause Pregnancy, Says US Senator
“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” said Congressman Todd Akin in the interview that hopefully ended his political career. He was referring to the mysterious ability of the female body to just straight up refuse to become pregnant in the case ‘legitimate rape’ (whatever that is).
How did the Missouri Congressman become aware of such an incredible, little-known fact about the female body?
“It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” explained Akin.
Oh, okay. So the scores of women who become pregnant after being raped do so only because they didn’t not want to be pregnant enough. Gotcha.
The Republican nominee in the Missouri Senate race made these disturbing and stunningly ill-informed comments during an interview on a St. Louis television station in response to a question about his views on the legality of abortion in cases of rape.
Akin has since offered a politician’s apology.
”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. 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.”
Thus far, not one member of the GOP has stepped in to defend Akin. Currently, there is a petition circulating the Internet that is calling for Akin to be removed from his position… on the House Science and Technology Committee.