Rep. Todd Akin: Pregnancies from "Legitimate Rape" Rarely Happen
Remember Rep. Todd Akin? He's the guy who wants to ban emergency contraception, totally, for everyone.
This weekend, an interviewer asked Rep. Akin why he would not support a woman's right to choose abortion in cases of rape. Akin's shocking response?
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
You've got to see it for yourself.
Rep. Akin's pro-choice opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill, responded:
"As a woman and former prosecutor who handled hundreds of rape cases, I'm stunned by Rep Akin's comments about victims this morning. It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape. The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive."
Rep. Akin's comments went viral.
After the tremendous backlash, Akin's campaign tried to backtrack on his outrageous comments.
But we're not buying it.
Rep. Akin showed his true colors with his comment, and we will continue to remind Missouri voters about the stark choice they have to make on November 6.
Sen. Claire McCaskill or Rep. Todd Akin?
For women, and the men who care about them, the choice is crystal clear.
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