Todd Akin has a new book out and he’s been on a publicity tour for it. And the more he opens his mouth to defend and double down on his claim that a woman’s body can shut down during a “legitimate rape” so she won’t get pregnant, the more ridiculous he sounds. Now he’s contradicting himself by claiming that some of his former staffers were conceived by rape.
Todd Akin continues to expand on his critical contributions to the discourse of rape and abortion rights while he promotes his book. While reiterating that he was not wrong to say, as he did in 2012, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he’s adding a new twist: On MSNBC’s Daily Rundown, Akin told Chuck Todd that a “number of people” on his staff were “conceived by rape.”
So which is it, Todd? Do female bodies magically prevent pregnancy from rape, or is rape so efficient at people production that it’s provided a significant number of staff members for you?…
Piecing it together, I think we get the full picture. Akin believes that “the female body” often prevents women from getting pregnant when raped, if these women are even telling the truth about getting raped to begin with. If you are one of those unlucky enough to be legitimately raped and impregnated, well, no legal abortion for you. But take comfort, legitimate rape victims: That baby you were forced to bear might get to work for a failed Senate candidate one day! So it all works out in the end.
You have to wonder where Akin goes from here. He almost certainly isn’t going to win public office again. Does he go and run some anti-choice group? Become a lobbyist? I’m guessing he just remains a professional punchline.
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