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Missouri Rep. Todd Akin Backpedals After Claiming 'Legitimate Rape' Doesn't Result In Pregnancy

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Ugh.

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin, who is not a medical doctor nor a woman, went on the Jaco Report on Sunday to give his very inneresting and ridiculous thoughts on rape and pregnancy.

Whilst discussing the controversial topic of abortion on the St. Louis broadcast, Akin claimed:

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

First of all, what constitutes as a "legitimate rape?" Secondly, according to statistics from Journal of American Obstetrics and Gynecology, over 30,000 pregnancies result from rape every year and is something that occurs with "significant frequency."

Apparently, Mr. Akin hasn't read any updated facts lately and is basing his opinion on an ancient report that the trauma from a rape causes women to "secrete a certain secretion which has the tendency to kill sperm." This is in fact NOT TRUE and has been denounced by many reproductive health experts FOR YEARS! Decades, in fact!

Well, looks like the congressman is now backpedaling and in an explanation he posted on his Faceook wall, he says that he "misspoke."

While he doesn't quite give a true apology, he says his words do "not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year."

You will be SHOCKED when you hear the words come out of his mouth in the original interview about rape (above). We'll give you a minute to pick your jaw up off the floor, then read his entire statement on the matter (below)

"As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. 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. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.

I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.

But I also believe that this election is about a wide-range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We've had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats' failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead."

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22 comments to “Missouri Rep. Todd Akin Backpedals After Claiming 'Legitimate Rape' Doesn't Result In Pregnancy”



  1. 1

    Major face palm



  2. 2

    Re: Yes You Bore Me – I understand that a lot of posts on this site are super annoying but seriously dude, you need to chill out with the ranting on about 75% of the stories on here. This can't be healthy to hate someone/a website that bad.



  3. 3

    Todd Akin is rather dumb, but i think the point he was trying to make is, young girls get pregnant and then cry rape because they want to made out to be a victim not a slut. Sadly, I live in Missouri and this is very common for girls to do that.



  4. 4

    Re: Prince Charming – He rants on Perez and every story, every day. He obviously has no life and is an insignificant little person who only gets to feel tough through his sad vents on this website. He gets to "say" things anonymously that he doesn't have the courage to say face-to-face in life to people because he knows he'd get the crap pounded out of him. He's probably been bullied his whole life and this is the only way that he can feel better about himself - to bully others from the safety of his keyboard. He's pretty pathetic. Just flag his comments (the pink skull) and if there's enough flags, he'll be banned from this site. It's happened to quite a few posters already.

  5. sammmjuyg says – reply to this


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    tayler27 , How do you know they're lying about it? I hate all this victim blaming bullshit, and the type of "right" rape and "wrong" rape.



  6. 6

    Re: Meggie246524 – Thanks for the info!



  7. 7

    Hmmm…maybe Mr. Akin should experience rape so he can see there's no such thing as "legitimate rape".



  8. 8

    Pity the young lady who is pulled into a dark alley and raped after returning from midnight mass. Abortion in Missouri is illegal and the young lady if pregnant should bear the child. The pervert must be caught; having lady decoys placed at the entrances to dark alleys at midnight will bait the rapist. No longer will he be able to force a woman to bear his child. Akin must be supported; he will catch the degenerates before they victimize the innocent, ending the need for Rape-Abortions. With strong hands Akin will yank rapists out their dark alleys and stop the epidemic of forced pregnancies.

  9. mojopotato says – reply to this


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    Yes, it's a well known scientific fact that the female body can will itself to not get pregnant. That's why there is no such thing as an unwanted pregnancy. Every uterus can detect the difference between rape and consensual sex. A uterus has an extremely high IQ. In fact, the uterus has a higher than the Congressman.

  10. sarah says – reply to this


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    Re: polnick – bahahahahahahhahahahahahaha what a joke



  11. 11

    Re: mojopotato – You won my favourite person of the day award.



  12. 12

    Beautiful photos… Can't wait for another more…

  13. St. louis, Rose says – reply to this


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    Re: tayler27 - Oh? And do you have any statistics to back up that assertion? I doubt it. First of all that is not what Akin said and second of all your comment is as stupid as his. Please - read a book. Go back to school. Anything but what you're doing now.



  14. 14

    What an idiot. First, I HATE the term "support abortion" as no one supports abortion…what people support is women's right to choose what is best for their bodies…I think anyone would agree that in a perfect world, abortion wouldn't have to exist. And the rest of it…I have no comment. The fact that a man like this can become a politician with that much of a backward idea of the world says more about the States than anything else could.



  15. 15

    Psssh republicans must think medieval is trendy. lol Their ideas are so bad I suppose they have to appeal to idiotic hillbilly mouthbreathers to win any elections. Otherwise only rich people who are selfish twats would ever vote for any of them.



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    Re: pdrocksmysocks – Right it's either pro choice or anti choice. republicans aka uterus police only care about unwanted 'babies' until they're born. then if they're not rich they're part of the problem.



  17. 17

    Re: mojopotato – Best comment ever!



  18. 18

    Paul Ryan co-sponsored a bill with Todd Akin in the House of Representatives that would have changed the legal definition of rape to "forcible rape" to narrow access to federal funding for abortions.



  19. 19

    "Legitimate rape" is an oxymoron, Todd Akin is just a moron.



  20. 20

    This is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard anyone say. He will fit right in with the other politicians in Washington.



  21. 21

    Uh the questions wasn't whether or not there should be a punishment and who it should be inflicted upon. He totally dodged the real question and down played it with the whole Oh now your gonna throw a real situation at me that I cant shoot down. People like this should not be allowed to run for anything except the fucking borders!!! I wonder if he was sodomized if he would think it was a legitimate rape seeing as how it wouldn't result in pregnancy. LOL What a moron.

  22. cari says – reply to this


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    PROOF THAT THE GOP ARE COMPLETE IDIOTS. Politicians and lawmakers like this have contributed to the DUMBING DOWN of this country. They are also a bunch of misogynists. And we wonder why the rest of the world hates us. Really?