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POLITICAL FOOT IN MOUTH DISEASE: Rep. Todd Akin: No Pregnancy From 'Legitimate Rape'

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Rep. Todd Akin's controversial comments on "legitimate rape" made during an interview with KTVI-TV have sparked a massive backlash.

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Florence Eaise (132)
Monday August 20, 2012, 3:51 pm
Thanks for posting Cal noted, Akins is a POS for what he said the ignorance is mind blowing and the statements are offensive and appauling

divergent revolution (309)
Monday August 20, 2012, 5:43 pm
noted. How does someone this stupid make it all the way to running for the Senate? Speaks to the caliber of voters or more. Thanks Cal

Kit B (276)
Monday August 20, 2012, 5:48 pm

"I misspoke" - Huh no, he didn't this is the same guy along with Paul Ryan that introduced a bill to redefine rape. If this jerk were mugged on the street he'd been whining about crime. Most women suffer the rest of their lives from a violent crime that many feel can not be reported. This is stupid, and nearly incomprehensible in today's world, yet it also helps to define just who these people are and how and what they really think of women.

Kit B (276)
Monday August 20, 2012, 6:17 pm

When a viable sperm penetrates a viable egg inside a woman's reproductive tract, the result is a fertilized egg that can then implant in the uterus. That fact of life is consistent regardless of how that sperm and egg met up, including whether or not the sperm was ejaculated during rape.

That may be news to Rep. Todd Akin from Missouri who told a local television station, in explaining his stance that abortion should not be allowed even in the case of rape: "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

"Physiologically, if the sperm is in the vagina, a pregnancy can occur, regardless of the circumstances of how that sperm got there," said Dr. Melisa Holmes, an ob-gyn and founder of Girlology, an organization that promotes healthy sexuality and communication in families.

And though the anti-abortion Republican says he "misspoke," Holmes says that Akin's remark also suggests that some rapes are not "legitimate," and this continues a harmful misconception about violence against women.

Yvonne White (229)
Monday August 20, 2012, 6:31 pm
LOL! That old "I misspoke"..or I was quoted out of context crap Won't Cut It! This TeaBagger is the Standard bearer of TeaBaggeritis - wallowing in Stupidity until some Billionaire buys him a seat in government!

pam w (139)
Monday August 20, 2012, 8:20 pm
At the risk of repeating myself....

This man is an idiotic, misogynistic ANAL SPHINCTER!

And, I did NOT misspeak!

Past Member (0)
Monday August 20, 2012, 8:54 pm

Ellen m (215)
Monday August 20, 2012, 10:19 pm
As of 7;30pm, he still says he is in it for the long run, and still tweeting for contributions.
If he doesn't pull out by 5pm tomorrow (tuesday) it will take a court order to remove him from the ballot.

And the question still remains...How the hell did someone that wants to "revamp" both civil rights and voting rights legislation, among a myriad of other asinine brain farts, ever get elected in the first place, never mind lasting 6 frickin terms?!!

Giana Peranio-paz (398)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 12:06 am
Like I already wrote, a real a.h. who shouldn't be up for any office (maybe in an orifice?)

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 3:24 am
I have no idea what he may have meant and I don't want to try to understand it. If this man isn't ousted from his seat and from the party then the party has no legitimacy. My heart goes out to all the female members of this man's family. How can even they put up with this misogynist.

cecily w (0)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 3:25 am
I regret to say I'm from Missouri. Bozo Akin has many qualities that draw certain voters to him. Sadly, he represents a rather well-to-do suburban St. Louis district where his constituents are presumably "educated". (Educated in what, I'm afraid to find out).

He has six children on an overcrowded planet, yet he wants to end the school lunch and breakfast program for other children. As a member of the House of Representatives, he is eligible to receive excellent retirement and health benefits (which, BTW, voters have never approved), yet he wants to end Social Security Old Age benefits, Medicare, and Medicaid. He has stated that "Liberals hate God".

A few years back there was a scandaloid because he filed for candidacy from the wrong address. (See, he not only rewrites the physiology of pregnancy, he also rewrites maps.)

Carol H (229)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 5:19 am
noted, thanks Cal

Geela Green (2)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 6:24 am
Keeping shining a light on this. It exposes the underlying position that Akin, Ryan and others REALLY have about women, women's health and issues.

Arielle S (313)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 8:53 am
Saw that he and Ryan co-sponsored a bill to stop funding for "non-violent" rape. Birds of a feather flock together, I guess.

Daniel Partlow (179)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 10:23 am
What an ignorant jerk.

Nancy L (141)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 11:28 am
Stupid, stupid, stupid

Kit B (276)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 11:58 am

Reported: The RNC and Karl Rove's PAC have both with drawn funding for Akin's Senate candidacy. Akin refuses to withdraw from the ballot. Personally, I think this man must be considered as one of many. He and Paul Ryan did sponsor legislation to reword the meaning of rape to "legitimate rape" and 200 others signed on. Is that not a warning?

Jim Phillips (3257)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 1:29 pm
The answer by Akin -- who sits on the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology -- led to instant condemnation from his opponent and women's advocates.

Akin needs to be booted out of the above committee. He obviously does not have the intelligence to sit and be a part of the science committee when he makes a statement that women cannot get pregnant from rape. Akin
needs to be educated, in public, with professional male and female reproductive people on the "birds& bees".

Akin needs to apologize to all women everywhere and resign immediately.

The women plus the intelligent men in Missouri must get this "creature" out of office permanently.

Ty, Cal.

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday August 21, 2012, 3:30 pm
From the Progress Report:
GOP Doubles Down on Extreme Social Agenda
Even as Republicans attempt to distance themselves from the comments about “legitimate rape” made by Rep. Todd Akin (R-MO), they once again reaffirmed that they agree with Akin and other extremists when it comes to women’s health issues.

Just today, the committee drafting the Republican Party’s official policy platform underscored the fact that Republicans believe we need a constitutional ban on abortion in all circumstances — no exceptions for victims of rape or incest or to protect the life of the woman, not to mention any of the numerous other reasons a woman may need an abortion.

No abortion. No exceptions.

Not coincidentally, the GOP’s platform committee is chaired by Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who received national condemnation for his support of a bill mandating that women seeking abortions receive costly transvaginal ultrasounds regardless of medical need.

Cecile Richards, President of the Planned Parenthood Action Fund got it right today:

“The Republican Party platform approved today is Mitt Romney’s agenda every bit as much as it’s Todd Akin’s agenda. It shows a fundamental disregard for women and women’s health.”

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