Missouri GOP Senate candidate and U.S. Rep. Todd Akin has a novel reason to oppose abortion even in cases of rape.
“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin went on to add, “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.”
Of course, Akin is completely wrong about women being able to magically prevent pregnancy using mind powers activated when they are “legitimately” raped. The adult pregnancy rate for rape victims is estimated at 4.7 percent, and there is no mechanism known that would prevent women from getting pregnant when raped.
Such a statement seems obvious — if women could stop pregnancy with magic, they would save a bundle on contraception. Akin didn’t just completely ignore everything known about human biology, though; he also managed to insinuate that the vast majority of women who became pregnant as a result of rape were not “legitimately raped.” That is to say, Akin is saying if you were raped and got pregnant, you really wanted it.
Major Senate challenger
Rep. Akin, R-Mo., is challenging Sen. Claire McKaskill, D-Mo., in a closely-watched race that could determine which party controls the Senate in 2013. Akin, a far-right conservative, won a three-way primary for the right to challenge McKaskill, who has been seen as one of the Democrats’ most vulnerable incumbents.
Abortion rights are not the only issue where Akin has made questionable comments. On Thursday, Akin came out against federal funding for the school lunch program, which benefits 34 million students throughout the country, including millions who use the federal subsidy to meet their basic nutritional requirements. Akin also has said that the only reason Congress hasn’t impeached President Barack Obama is that they are “not quite mad enough,” and that liberals have a “hatred for God.”
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