‘Legitimate Rape?’ Rarely Ends in Pregnancy? Body Shuts Down? Say What?

Leslie Carol Botha: First they GOP is telling women to put an aspirin between their knees to prevent pregnancy…. and now they are defining rape as legitimate? That legitimate rape rarely ends in pregnancy – and that a woman’s body will shut down a pregnancy coming from an illegitimate rape? If that was the truth the population in this country would drop by 50%. Time for men to stop controlling women’s bodies.  Time for this man to resign.

Todd Akin On Abortion: ‘Legitimate Rape’ Victims Have ‘Ways To Try To Shut That Whole Thing Down’

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Posted: 08/19/2012 3:25 pm

Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) justified his extreme opposition to abortion by claiming that victims of “legitimate rape” rarely get pregnant.

In an interview with KTVI-TV on Sunday, the GOP Senate nominee was asked if he supported abortion in the case of rape.

“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist.”

Akin won a three-way primary on Aug. 7 for the rights to a November battle against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). McCaskill was “stunned by Akin’s Sunday comments. (Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill gives her take on rival Todd Akin’s controversial rape comments tonight on “Piers Morgan Tonight” on CNN at 9 ET/PT. )

“It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape,” McCaskill added in a statement. “The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive.”

After Akin’s primary win, McCaskill wasted little time in pouncing on his conservative record, calling the congressman “out of touch.”

“We’re going to prove to Missourians that Todd Akin is out of touch with their problems, out of touch with the pain that they feel, and out of touch with the views that they hold dear,” she said back on Aug. 8.

Akin’s comments on abortion and rape come less than two weeks after he suggested banning the morning-after pill.

“As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we just shouldn’t have abortion in this country,” he said in an Aug.8 interview with KCMO radio.

UPDATE (5:25 p.m. ET): Akin’s campaign released a statement Sunday on the issue, where the congressman admitted that he “misspoke” in the KTVI interview.

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Author: Leslie Carol Botha

Author, publisher, radio talk show host and internationally recognized expert on women's hormone cycles. Social/political activist on Gardasil the HPV vaccine for adolescent girls. Co-author of "Understanding Your Mood, Mind and Hormone Cycle." Honorary advisory board member for the Foundation for the Study of Cycles and member of the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research.