There is a new breed of Republicans who continue to shock and awe with their spewed rhetoric and proposed legislation. This time it is Missouri Representative and current Senate nominee Todd Akin and what he said on Sunday has many stunned.
During an interview with KTVI-TV, where he attempted to explain why he opposes all abortions, even in cases of incest and rape--Rep. Akin said, "If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down." What?! (Click on the above video to hear for yourselves).
He thinks that pregnancy from rape "is very rare," because he claimed doctors told him so.
If for some reason, the female body didn't work on "shutting that whole thing down," then the rapist should be the one punished, not the child.
Even more stunning, this man is the favorite to win the Senate seat over the Democratic incumbent, Claire McCaskill.
McCaskill, offended by his "legitimate rape" comments, tweeted this response below:
As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases,I'm stunned by Rep Akin's comments about victims this AM http://bit.ly/NahiHz (View video ).
How can such dangerous ignorance be present in our elected officials? In addition, what is legitimate rape? This term suggest that there are other classification for rape where it is "not as bad," which boggles the mind.
Rep. Akins needs to know that over five percent or 32,000 rapes results in pregnancies in the U.S. yearly, according to medical studies.
The video of his callous remarks went viral so the he has since issued an apology of sorts, saying he "misspoke," and does empathize with victims of rape. I think it is too late for your BS spin Akins.
Unfortunately, this is not the first offensive piece of rhetoric concerning rape to come from the Republican side of the aisle. In 2011, they tried to pass legislation to ban Medicaid recipients from having access to abortion services, while at the same time redefining rape. In the "No Taxation for Abortion Act" pushed by Republican Chris Smith (NJ), they tried to include a provision which would have separated rape into categories-one of them being "forcible rape." The swift backlash of criticism from advocacy groups across the country, pressured them to remove the "forcible rape" measure, though they still barreled ahead with the legislation meant to ban federal funding of abortions through Medicaid.
Read more on Akin's insensitivity here:
Legitimate rape' rarely leads to pregnancy, claims US Senate candidate