Missouri Congressman Todd Akin has put his proverbial foot in his mouth. Akin, a Republican candidate for the U.S. senate, said women’s bodies can prevent pregnancies in a “legitimate rape” and that conception does not usually occur in these situations.
The comment came after he was asked by KTVI (St. Louis television station) if he’d support abortions for women who were raped. His full statement was as follows:
“It seems to me first of all, 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.”
According to Akin, the many victims of rape and sexual abuse who are impregnated should feel that the vicious attacks against them were illegitimate. You weren’t really raped. You became pregnant.
And what exactly constitutes a legitimate rape in Akin’s mind? He never explained. Instead, he released a half-ass apology saying he “misspoke” during the interview:
“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.”
His statement seems to be just another instance of shaming women, while trying to push his conservative agenda down their throats. What do you make of his statement, Clutchettes? Did you find it offensive?