Open mouth, insert foot: 'Legitimate rape' victims rarely get pregnant
Open mouth, insert foot: 'Legitimate rape' victims rarely get pregnant because ‘the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,’ says Missouri Republican Todd Akin
Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) has the most unique take on female biology since Newt Gingrich said female soldiers have problems “staying in a ditch for thirty days because they get infections.”
Speaking to KTVI-TV, Akin justified his opposition to abortion for rape victims by explaining that pregnancy through rape is “really rare.”
“If it’s a legitimate rape,” he said, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
He said his understanding of the issue came from “doctors,” though he did not specify what kind of doctors – or what, exactly, constitutes “legitimate rape.”
These previously unknown biological defenses are apparently not foolproof, though.
“Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work,” Akin said. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Akin, a six-term Congressman, is seeking to unseat incumbent Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in November.
After his interview made the news Sunday, McCaskill tweeted, "As a woman & former prosecutor who handled hundreds of rape cases, I'm stunned by Rep. Akin's comments about victims this AM."
Talking Points Memo highlighted his earlier comment that he would like to ban the morning-after pill because he believes it is “a form of abortion, and I think we just shouldn’t have abortion in this country,” and his concerns that a 1991 anti-marital rape law in Missouri might be used “in a real messy divorce as a tool and a legal weapon to beat up on the husband.”