GOP Rep. Akin: Women Can’t Get Pregnant by ‘Legitimate’ Rape (Video)

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.”

Completely wrong

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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vicky T.
vicky T4 years ago

A priest once gave us a conference on how women who get pregnant after rape actually enjoyed it, even if subconsciously, even at the age of 12...
Back then most of us were horrified and disgusted (because, surprise surprise, you can be christian AND hate a priest), but i was too young to actually do something about it. Now, I would have asked him for medical evidence, or maybe just punched the nonsense out of his head...

Debbie House
Debbie House4 years ago

Something has happened to our government over the last two decades or more. How did we not notice that congress & the senate had slowly, quietly, became more about greed and power then the rights of those they sworn to give a voice too. Our government is broken and I don't know that a lot of our current representative can really fix it. Their focus is on all the wrong things.

Women make up 51% of the population yet they really don't have a clear voice in our government otherwise there would be no war on women. Women would make the same money for the same job as men, we wouldn't have to fight for it.
We wouldn't have to worry that if we are raped we would be forced to have the baby if we lived in a state that was controlled by the religious right. Women would have control over our own bodies. Birth control would be covered and we wouldn't have to listen to a panel of men say that birth control is not a female issue.

Joanna W.
Joanna W4 years ago

de hell is wrong with some people!!!!!!!! is he like really stupid or ?????

Tammy B.
Tammy B.5 years ago

So Akin truly believes he can have sex with anyone against her will call it illegimate rape and get away with it? He is kinda scary if you ask me. Who in their right mind would agree with HIM?

Lika S.
Lika P5 years ago

If she doesn't say yes, or obviously consent, it's legitimate rape.

Rather than making laws that limit what rape victims do, why aren't they making laws about rapists?

Pearl Duval
Pearl Duval5 years ago

@ Debbie : May I point out that your People already voted into office an ignorant President in the past, namely Georges W. Bush. I wouldn't put it past your voters to elect another one.
As for the GOP, aka "Gand Old Party"... maybe it's time to stop naming them that way. Because grand they are not.
As for Akin, it is quite obvious he is the result of a Christian Taliban (thanks Stanley R.), anti Science upbrigning. For him not to understant basic biology is pathetic.
Is this what all average UniteStaters will sound like in the next generation ?
Heaven help us !!
As for God in all of this... not sure He/She/It is very proud right now !

Lynn Squance
Lynn Squance5 years ago

You can get pregnant in a car.
You can get pregnant in a bar.
You can get pregnant on a hill.
You can get pregnant on the pill.
You can get pregnant near or far
It doesn’t matter who you are.

You can get pregnant in a house.
You can get pregnant by a louse.
You can get pregnant here or there.
You can get pregnant anywhere.
In a plane or on a train,
In a box or with a fox.
Standing up or sitting down,
It matters not when sperm’s around.

You can get pregnant if you are raped
Science truths you can’t escape.
I do not like the awful lies
That hurt the ones whom it implies
Can control their own conception
By “legitimate rape” sperm detection.

You should not lead our sacred land
If anti-science is your plan.
I do not like what you are sayin’,
I do not like it, Mr. Akin.
~ Christy Caine

Posted by 'Nameless' on another site. Quite good really.

Don H.
Don H5 years ago

"You cannot currently send a star to Stanley because you have done so within the last week."

Ira L.
Ellie L5 years ago


Stanley Rampersad
Stanley Balgobin5 years ago

The GOP are twisted, ignorant hillbilly yahoos who would like to outlaw abortion totally. They are the far right wing Christian Taliban, the rabid ultra-conservative zealots, the TParty fundamentalists whop would have the USA revert to the 18th Century if they had their way.