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US Congressman: Rape Victims’ Bodies ‘Shut Down’ Pregnancies Automatically, No Need For Abortion

by David Badash on August 19, 2012

in News,Politics

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Todd Akin, a Tea Party Republican six-term U.S. Congressman who is now running for the U.S. Senate from the state of Missouri, says that women’s bodies know if they are “legitimate rape” victims and automatically can just “shut down” a resulting unwanted pregnancy — so there’s no need to even discuss abortion in cases of rape.

Asked about abortion in cases of rape, Rep. Akin responded, “From what I understand from doctors… if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Congressman Akin was appearing on a local St. Louis Fox station talk show (second video, about four minutes in.)

Akin, 65, clearly is opposed to a women’s right to choose, is running against Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill.

So, let’s be clear here. If Congressman Akin becomes Senator Akin, he will be voting on Supreme Court nominees — not to mention many nominations of federal judges. No doubt at some point he would be voting on ENDA, and the repeal of DOMA.

If you know anyone in Missouri, send to to them.

Talking Points Memo adds:

Akin is perhaps the boldest among a crop of conservative 2012 nominees who could hamperGOP efforts to take back the Senate in the fall. Akin has called for an end to the school-lunch program and a total ban on the morning-after pill.

His claim about “legitimate” types of rape is not completely foreign to the current Republican Congress, however. 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.

Nor is this Akin’s first time suggesting some types of rape are more worthy of protections than others. 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.

The PollTracker Average shows Akin leading McCaskill by a margin of 49.7 percent to 41.3 percent.

 Hat-tip: Little Green Footballs

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lepidopteryx August 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm

Obviously, he has never talked to a woman who has been raped.

labman57 August 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm

Once again, a socially-regressive conservative politician demonstrates his unwillingness to do his homework before taking a stand on important policy positions affecting the American people. Lord knows we don’t want to be informed about the fundamentals of human biology and medical treatments when creating legislation that would impact the health of girls and women throughout America.

And we certainly don’t want our national leaders to be eloquent, scientifically literate, and generally well-informed about the world in which we live. Much better to derive scientific theories based on the teachings of the Bible, and to form national public policy based on the rumors, gossip, and unverified anecdotal accounts taken from online blogs.

onefinefriday August 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm

And thats why he's in politics and not a doctor. This is disgraceful to hear from another American citizen who should be one of the most educated people in the worl,( or so claims American propaganda).

lrdofthestrings August 19, 2012 at 7:45 pm

Are Republicans naturally this stupid or do they have to practice at it?

jamessavik August 19, 2012 at 8:38 pm

We need to tighten the qualifications on the jack wagons that run for public office. This guy knows absolutely nothing about human biology.

cwall3584 August 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm

this isnt a democrat or republican thing, this is just a stupid man who has been allowed to talk thru his butt. as ron white says " you cant fix stupid"

Yeates August 19, 2012 at 9:18 pm

Is this guy fundie or stupid?

redhot916gear August 19, 2012 at 10:11 pm

I was really going to vote for this guy prior to this ignorance being made public. Seriously, the country is in debt to the tune of 16 trillion dollars(thanks Claire for railroading our grandchildren) but in good conscious I cannot vote for this guy, too much of a dipshit for me. Can we get someone with some common sense and decency?

lpowl August 20, 2012 at 12:02 am

Does this Akin guy really think anyone in their right mind believes that a woman who is raped will just "magically " terminate the baby or something? Is there some sort of scientific discovery I missed out on recently? What a moron. ANYONE who believes this guy or in him has got to have an I.Q. of less than 7…

Artilleryboy August 20, 2012 at 2:30 am

It doesn't matter if a woman was raped in terms of abortion. If a woman doesn't want to have a child for whatever reasonable reason then she doesn't have to. He isn't a woman, he cant have kids. This is a woman's topic, not a males. If someone is going to make laws regarding what women can and cant do it should be made by woman, not an old guy. AND religion cant be used to justify why or why not your against abortion and whether it shouldn't be legal.

CazC82 August 20, 2012 at 11:37 am

It sickens me in the first place that anyone, let alone a major politcal party in one of the world's leading democratic, liberated and educated nations, should try to define different sorts, or grades, of rape. Rape is rape, should it happen to a woman, man or child regardless of the circumstance. For someone to then come out with this total nonsense and not even issue an apology suggests a worrying arrogance beneath his blatent ignorance.

Lovetolovelove August 20, 2012 at 1:08 pm

32,000 pregnancies due to rape every year, says the CDC. That took a minute to look up. So this guy is extremely stupid aaaaand lazy? Why are you in office????

facsafoundation August 20, 2012 at 2:09 pm

This type of ignorance is why we, the FACSA Foundation (Family and Freinds Fighting Against Child Sexual Assault) at is traveling the country to educate communities, with free general public education and prevention of rape, child sexual assault, and human trafficking'; filming a documentary on survivors stories across the nation, healing therapies that work, and counseling techniqes which work; as well researching the current needs of our communities. It was important enough for me to mortgage my home, as we are an all volunteer staff, and our children are counting on us. We can not leave another legacy of child sexual assault to the next generation. We have to stand up to say "We Will Not Be Silent Anymore" and "This Is Not Our Generation!"

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