Repercussions of Rep. Todd Akin's "Legitimate Rape" Comment

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

A political controversy in Missouri has the potential to derail a state Senate race. On Sunday, Republican Representative Todd Akin said in an interview that "if it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Of course, Akin never mentioned the "doctors" with whom he consulted on this, and his gaffe became a top headline by Monday morning.

He's drawn the ire of both parties, casting doubt on whether he has any chance at all to bounce back from this controversy and have a chance in his November Senate race against his Democratic opponent Claire McCaskill. Despite GOP calls to withdraw from the race, Akin has vowed to stay in, saying he's not a "quitter."

The Washington Post reports that, on Monday, the National Republican Senatorial Committee pulled funding from the race in response to Akin's comments, saying he's now endangering the possibility of a Republican majority in the House. Jason Rosenbaum, political reporter for the St. Louis Beacon, has the latest out of Missouri.


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Comments [6]

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Mar. 06 2013 11:56 PM
claire from Brooklyn, NY

This is part of a much larger issue, and the first commenter who doesn't think it is important is clearly not a woman and clearly has never been concerned with sexism, and how that affects women, both economically (making 30% less than men) and in our rights to be in charge of our own bodies. Though I am tired of hearing about this issue, this issue only reminds me of how much the Republicans do not care for those who have less power, so much so that they would prefer to force a woman to have a child born out of a rape (which apparently they believe won't happen if she really didn't want it, wink wink, nudge nudge). Clearly, they do not believe women are equal, and I believe they think poor people are at fault for being poor.

Aug. 23 2012 03:36 PM
R.L. Archer from Florida

All 57 states have voted on this. Drive down US 1 and see the vacant shops, Malls, car dealerships, look at your neighbors struggling to keep assets that are upside down. If this is Hope and Change, it feels more like despair and broken piggy banks. Good grief, why are we focusing on this when our politicos have been sticking it up any accessable orifice they can find, for generations.

GOD did it all on a couple of stone tablets. We, on the other hand, welcomed the money changers back into our lives. Are we smart or what?? I'm sure the Congressman in the spotlight got a few wires crossed between brain and tongue. So does everyone, and who really gives a rats' behind. Smoke and mirrors, my friends, smoke and mirrors...real S&M !!!

Aug. 21 2012 04:53 PM
Jack Jackson from Central New Jersey

Rep. Akin is playing this off as if the ONLY mistake he made was using the word 'legitimate' when he should have said 'forcible'. The Akin, Ryan and the GOP are all on the same page on abortion in the case of rape or incest. They are against it.
Talk about rope-a-dope...

Aug. 21 2012 03:31 PM
Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

Incredibly, Akin has found himself in a hole that no one will be able to spin him out of and he should probably just lay down in that hole and not surface again.

Aug. 21 2012 08:45 AM
g iin staten island from staten island

Either Todd Aiken is ignorant (can't get pregnant during a rape) or he is a liar ( did doctors really tell him that?). Aiken should name those doctors, if there are any. And any doctor who told him that should have his medical credenials rechecked.

Aug. 21 2012 08:15 AM

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