Rep. Todd Akin talks ‘legitimate’ rape and biology

August 19, 2012 | By | Add a Comment

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) generously took time from Congress’ hard(ly) earned vacation so he could educate us about the female reproductive system and  different kinds of rape.  

“From what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin said in a KTVI-TV interview. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Rep. Todd Akin (credit:

Ladies and gentlemen, the person who made that ignorant, insensitive remark helps make this country’s laws.    

“His claim about ‘legitimate’ types of rape is not completely foreign to the current Republican Congress,” writes Evan McMorris-Santoro. In 2011, the House GOP was forced to drop language from a bill that would have limited federal help to pay for an abortion to only victims of ‘forcible rape.‘ Akin was a co-sponsor on the bill.  

“This [isn’t] Akin’s first time suggesting some types of rape are more worthy of protections than others,” McMorris-Santoro continues. “As a state legislator, Akin voted in 1991 for an anti-marital-rape law, but only after questioning whether it might be misused ‘in a real messy divorce as a tool and a legal weapon to beat up on the husband,’ according to a May 1 article that year in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.”

Luckily, Akin is up for reelection; so the good people of Missouri have the opportunity to legitimately fire him and shut his whole thing down.







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