Meet the Candidate Who Wants to Ban Emergency Contraception
Who believes that emergency contraception (EC) should be banned "totally for everyone?"
Meet anti-choice Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO).
Rep. Akin recently won a tight Republican primary to challenge pro-choice Sen. Claire McCaskill in Missouri this November.
If you haven't heard of Rep. Akin before, you won't be able to forget him now. Days after his victory, he confirmed his extreme anti-contraception beliefs on a radio show.
HOST: I wanted to get to the actual morning-after pill. So are you saying that you would like that to be banned for everyone, or do you have exceptions for rape and incest?
AKIN: As far as I'm concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we shouldn't have abortion in this country. [...] The life of the mother, the situation there is one where what you want to do is optimize life, you try to save the mother's life, you try to save the child. [...]
HOST: Just to be clear, though, you would like to ban the morning after pill totally for everyone?
AKIN: Yeah. I think that is a form of abortion and I don't support it.
Clearly, Rep. Akin needs a refresher course in biology. EC is contraception - not abortion. If you are already pregnant, taking EC will not affect the pregnancy.
Rep. Akin's latest extreme statement against birth control is shocking, but not too surprising coming from the guy who has voted repeatedly to defund Planned Parenthood.
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