“Legitimate Rape”

Rep. Todd Akin, the newly-christened GOP Senate nominee in Missouri, said in a Sunday interview that “legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy. From the Washington Post:

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Akin added: “But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

He later apologized for his ridiculously stupid remarks, but said he stands by his belief that abortion, even in the case of pregnancy resulting from rape, should never be allowed.

I’m still baffled by the notion of “legitimate rape” and the ways in which a female body can shut down a pregnancy when that happens — probably with the biological off switch. Regardless of his beliefs, do we really want someone in a political power of position who doesn’t even know the fundamentals of biology?

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