Rep. Todd Akin: No pregnancy from 'legitimate rape'

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Registered: 05-13-2009
Rep. Todd Akin: No pregnancy from 'legitimate rape'
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Sun, 08-19-2012 - 7:41pm

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iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
Yes, it is. Magical thinking once again from an ignorant Republican.

Oh, and as a refresher, this is the same guy who co-sponsored the legislation that used "forcible rape" and also the guy who didn't like the idea that married men could get in trouble for raping their wives.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
Full video at the bottom of the page. http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/08/todd-akin-legitimate-rape.php

What do you think about his use of the term "legitimate rape"? What about his ridiculous assertion about a woman's body rejecting said sperm and preventing a pregnancy? Are you really defending this guy?
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
Todd Akin's remarks about "legitimate rape" were inexcusable, insulting to women and victims, ignorant, and embarrassing to the Missouri GOP.

Even he admits he misspoke, but apparently some partisans see the need to defend the indefensible.
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Registered: 05-03-2011
The thing is that he didn't even "misspeak," he actually believes this nonsense, as do a number of other conservatives.

http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2012/08/a-canard-that-will-not-die-legitimate-rape-doesnt-cause-pregnancy/261303/
iVillage Member
Registered: 01-14-2011

Well I guess Akin can join Joe Biden in "the stupid things politicians say" Hall of Fame. Akin has said he misspoke and if we can move on from Biden's idiotic statements, then we can for Akin also.

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-13-2009
There is a difference between the stupid things that politicians say, and the frightening things they actually believe.

Biden's statement was ham-handed rabble-rousing. Akin's statement is ignorant of science, and demeaning to women and rape victims. How exactly did Akin "misspeak"?

This is another example of false equivalence, your partisan is as bad as my partisan, but they are not even close.
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Registered: 09-08-2008

Much more disturbing to me than his obvious ignorance of science, is the fact that he referred to it as an "illegitimate" rape, as if any are legit. He obviously (one would hope) knows a rape cannot be legal what can he mean other than that he feels some women ask for it or lie about it.  What a disgusting man! 

 

iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
No, Akin didn't misspeak. This is the crap he actually believes. He's proven it time and again.
iVillage Member
Registered: 05-03-2011
He doesn't think men who rape their wives should be prosecuted, either.
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Registered: 03-03-2009

Sorry. Akin said what he said.  Shifting blame to others either here on the board or in the media, shows a  rather perverse disinclination to take responsibility for one's words and actions. I had always been given to believe that was a key tenet of conservatism.  Not the case?  Moreover, IF Akin's comments as quoted were "deliberate and flawed misrepresentations", why the heck do you think the Romney campaign was so quick to put distance between Romney's philosophy and that of Akin?  Yeah, Akin "misspoke" alright.  He spoke as he believed. and it's causing consternation in the Republican ranks:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/20/claire-mccaskill-todd-akin-legitimate-rape_n_1810351.html?utm_hp_ref=elections-2012  Women will need to remember that Freudian slip come November. 

When asked about keeping low rates for student loans, Akin said that the U.S. has "a stage 3 cancer of socialism" .  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tH-XzBYpf2E His opponent here in Missouri, Claire McCaskill, has been using the comment in her campaign ads against him.

Guess it's not surprising. He and his wife Lulli homeschooled their children and he's been a social conservative for many years. Met them the year that I homeschooled my two children........

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