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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?

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  • MK

    all I can say is WOW! and he is running and people actually support him…

  • Grant

    This fits in well with the GOP’s adoption of the notion of “moralism” good things happen to morally upright people, bad things happen to morally deficient people, no exceptions. If bad things happen to you, you are a bad person. This is the moral absolutism that is behind: the death penalty, anti-abortion movement, anti-birth control movement, anti-social welfare movement, anti-public school movement, and so on and so forth. This is why wealth is an automatic indicator of someone’s morality, rather than actual character(cough Mitt, Ryan, GWB). This is such a pervasive and insidious notion, and the fact that we read, and watch it being perpetuated everyday makes me sick. This is the pillar on which racism in America will stand for years to come. “Those blacks are just morally deficient, anyone can make it in America! If they were actually equivalent to us they would make it too!” This type of thinking and dismissal of all facts and logic must not be tolerated. Unfortunately for him, he just said it out loud, when the entirety of his party and base believes that same thing.

  • ImJustSaying

    to quote James from Philly
    “this idiot sits in congress passing laws on women.”

    Did I not ask all the Clutchettes and Gents (on another political article) if they were voting in the “small” elections?
    I would like to present to the court exhibit A as in a$$ Hole > Todd Akin, Missouri Republican Congressman
    Elected by the PEOPLE as Congressman.
    Thinks the female body can selectively “shut down” in order to avoid an unwanted pregnancy.

    For the love of all that’s good and just in the world GET A VALID ID AND VOTE IN EVERY ELECTION IN YOUR WARD,TOWNSHIP, VILLAGE, COMMONWEALTH, CITY, COUNTY AND COUNTRY!!!!!! HE’S NOT THE ONLY ONE WHO THINKS LIKE THIS!!!

  • kelark

    Examples of illegitimate rape would be;
    Tawana Brawley (ask Al Sharpton about this)
    Crystal Mangum (the girl that accused the Duke lacross players)
    Hannah Byron (look it up)
    Some studies suggest that as many as 8% to 10% of rape allegations are false!
    So I guess these could be the rapes Akin was talking about.