Victims of 'legit rape' rarely get pregnant: GOP candidate-Are these idiots for real?
Pro-life Republican Senate nominee in Missouri, Todd Akin, said in a
televised interview on Sunday that women who are victims of "legitimate
rape" rarely get pregnant.
Akin said on KTVI-TV's Jacko Report in St. Louis that in cases of
"legitimate rape" a woman's body "has ways to try to shut that whole
He told the KTVI-TV interviewer he got this understanding of "natural
protections" from doctors and should those protections fail, abortion
is not the answer.
The New York City-born Akin, 65, later issued a statement saying he
"misspoke" in his "off-the cuff remarks," and that his comment "does not
reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are
raped and abused every year."
He goes on to say that he believes "deeply in the protection of all
life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the
right course of action."
Akin, a six-term congressman who has also spoken out against abortion
in cases of incest, wants the rapist to be punished -- not the child.
"Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our
society, and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate
to help ensure they have the justice they deserve," Akin said in his
Akin's opponent, Sen. Claire McCaskill, issued a statement saying:
"It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the
emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape."
She called Akin's remarks "offensive."
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