Haha, sorry for the serial posting, just finding lots of stuff on HuffPo that I think could make interesting debates.
Todd Akin On Abortion: 'Legitimate Rape' Victims Have 'Ways To Try To Shut That Whole Thing Down' (VIDEO)
So....uh...I guess the debate question is, is this guy qualified to be making medical decisions about women's bodies, like, just in case her body's Magic Rape Kill Switch fails? *raised eyebrow* Also, do statements like this help or hurt the pro-life message?Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo.) justified his extreme opposition to abortion by claiming that victims of "legitimate rape" rarely get pregnant.
In an interview with KTVI-TV on Sunday, the GOP Senate nominee was asked if he supported abortion in the case of rape.
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. 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."
Akin won a three-way primary on Aug. 7 for the rights to a November battle against incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.). McCaskill was "stunned" by Akin's Sunday comments.
"It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape," McCaskill added in a statement. "The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive."
After Akin's primary win, McCaskill wasted little time in pouncing on his conservative record, calling the congressman "out of touch."
"We're going to prove to Missourians that Todd Akin is out of touch with their problems, out of touch with the pain that they feel, and out of touch with the views that they hold dear," she said back on Aug. 8.
Akin's comments on abortion and rape come less than two weeks after he suggested banning the morning-after pill.
?As far as I?m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we just shouldn?t have abortion in this country,? he said in an Aug.8 interview with KCMO radio.
UPDATE (5:25 p.m. ET): Akin's campaign released a statement Sunday on the issue, where the congressman admitted that he "misspoke" in the KTVI interview."As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it's clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.
"I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.
"But I also believe that this election is about a wide range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We've had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion-dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats' failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead."
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A friend posted this on facebook...seriously! this guy needs a swift kick and I am sure you can guess where the kick needs to land
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Wait. My body has a special spidey sense that can prevent me from getting pregnant if it is "legitimate" rape? That's some power!
What a moron.
If her pregnancy-shut-down switch fails, FORCING her to carry her baby to term isn't the right thing to do. She's already had one decision regarding her body taken from her and this would be a second one. There's no easy answer on rape.
What if I have a fault pregnancy shut down switch. Will I be covered to have that fixed? Is it mandated?
This guy makes me sick.
This guy is a douchebag. I think idiots like this make the pro-life message very diluted. This is one of the things people do that make it hard to admit to being pro-life
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What a stupid thing to say.
I wonder though if what he meant was that very few abortions are the result of rapes. That is true.
You guys sure have some whackadoodle politicians.
What bothers me about this, is it implies that women who do get pregnant after a rape, were not 'legitimately' raped. Thats a really bad precedent to set.
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Though rape can result in pregnancy, the abortions that are for that reason are very low. In fact only half of those who become pregnant from rape even choose abortion, and only 1% of abortions are due to rape.
Rape-related pregnancy: estimates and de... [Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1996] - PubMed - NCBI
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The guy is clearly a nut.
That said, I do think abortion should be illegal even in the case of rape. Before I get all kinds of outcrys let me explain. Raps is a terrible awful experience. I do not think going through another terrible awful experience is the answer. There are many things in life that we did not ask for that we have to do anyway. Pay for taxes for one. We just had a debate that you have to pay taxes to support public schools whether or not you want to for the good of society. Killing an unborn baby will not take away the horrible thing that has happened. It would never be acceptable to kill a 1 year old baby regardless of the reason.
My only exception would be a very young child (8or9) that the life of the child was in question or an etopic pg where the life of the mother was in question. I believe these special cercomstances to be very rare.