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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Registered: 09-08-2008

The democrats of Missouri knew he was an idiot so of course they supported the weakest opponent of McCaskill. If you know that they supported him by their vote, please show me the proof of that.

Anthony, I agree with you that since he was elected he should stay in the race. But here in Missouri a vote does not mean much. The conceal carry and puppy mill laws were reversed by the republican powers to be in Missouri. Apparently they did not feel that Missourians got it right or did not understand the law so they simply overturned popular vote.

And they wonder why there voter apathy.

 

 

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Registered: 05-05-2009
I agree with you, except I think he should step aside immediately. He is an idiot and distraction . Here is the kicker though, the Dems gave him support in the primary, guess they supported this type of Neanderthal thought.
(1.5million dollars of support)



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Registered: 09-08-2008

What is really frightening is the fact that a poll shows he is still leading today in Missouri. That gives validity to the following CNN piece that it is not just Akin's viewpoint. Seriously, women, how can you support a candidate who believes there is such thing as legitimate or non-forcible rape?

 

http://www.cnn.com/2012/08/21/opinion/granderson-gop-rape-abortion/index.html?hpt=hp_t2

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Registered: 03-02-2009

He said a stupid thing, and he's clarified it. If he can still win, he should stay in. He won the nomination. But please, don't get out because a bunch of hippocrates on the left are calling for it.

These are the people that have an accused rapist, impeached president, abuser of women, admitted liar as their keynote speaker. Akin hasn't done anything like that guy.

"Resist, we much. We must, and we much. About that, be committed."

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Registered: 07-11-2006
he is just stating a medical theory (maybe not a correct one, but one that he believes is true). How exactly is that demeaning? Really? REALLY? OMG....
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Registered: 07-11-2006

What is so frightening about a politician who believes that unborn human life is sacred?

What is frightening is that anyone could hear what Akin said and relate it in anyway to "human life is sacred".

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Registered: 07-11-2006

There is a difference between the stupid things that politicians say, and the frightening things they actually believe.

Worth repeating.

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Registered: 01-25-2010

Unless is is from the viewpoint of a rape victim who now finds herself pregnant and unable to get an abortion.

Goldfish

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Registered: 03-03-2009
Phooey. In Todd's world, a sentient living human woman has less choice about the fate of her body, than whatever may have been conceived, through force and violence, in her uterus. Yeah, that IS an extreme position, particularly when it's not just mature women who suffer unwanted penetration.

What's more, Todd implies that if she truly didn't want sexual intercourse, there would be no pregnancy. Ergo, a woman who is raped and becomes pregnant wasn't really raped. If that's not demeaning, I don't know what is.

As for the number of pregnancies resulting from rape, do some research. I did and found this: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8765248

Akin is fighting calls for him to withdraw from the senatorial race in Missouri. So is his opponent because she knows that he sounded his own death knell with the majority of women voters and not a few men. Before Todd decided to go Neanderthal, the race had been extremely close.

Jabberwocka

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Registered: 05-13-2009
It could be he's walking back on his statements because he doesn't want his electorate to know about his extreme ignorance about science and his deep contempt for women.

If he had just left the statement that he does not believe in abortion at all without exception, full stop, then this is not an issue would not have gone viral.

But that's not all he said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

There are only a few ways to interpret this statement. If a women becomes pregnant due to rape, it really wasn't rape because her body didn't react correctly, or she was lying about the rape. The "science" behind the statement is ridiculously ignorant. What does it matter of the percentage of women who do get pregnant due to rape is low? It is still tens of thousands of victims per year, and most elective-seeking politicians are unwilling to restrict their access to abortion.

This issue shows who are the principled science-denying whackjobs and hypercritical anti-abortion exception carvers. I am, of course, strongly in favor of a women's right to choose, so I will vote for neither of the above.