Akin: Rape Victims Don’t Get Pregnant

Akin: Rape Victims Don’t Get Pregnant August 20, 2012

Rep. Todd Akin, the up-and-coming member of The Family now running for the Senate from Missouri, told a local TV station that we don’t need to worry about abortion for rape victims because “legitimate” rape doesn’t result in pregnancy. Because unnamed doctors told him so.

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

As Talking Points Memo points out, rape actually accounts for thousands of pregnancies every year. And here’s his absurd excuse: He “misspoke.”

Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO) said late Sunday that he “misspoke” when he claimed that women who are victims of “legitimate rape” have biological defenses that fend off a pregnancy and therefore do not need legal abortion rights.

“In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year,” Akin said in a statement. He promised rape victims “will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve” if he is elected.

Right. He “misspoke.” That’s why he referred to all those conversations he’s had with doctors about the issue, because he was “misspeaking.” But remember, he still thinks that the victims of rape should be forced, under penalty of law, to give birth to and raise the child of their rapist. Because they’ll have no stronger advocate than him.

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