Missouri Republican Says Only "Legitimate Rape" Leads to Pregnancy

Missouri Republican Says Only "Legitimate Rape" Leads to Pregnancy

Some people talk themselves into trouble, and Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin is now one of those people. Akin is doing his best to replace Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill, and was answering a question about his stance on abortion rights regarding rape victims. His answer didn't win him many fans.

"First of all, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

He continued, adding his own opinion on whether or not there should be a law that permits abortion under this circumstance: "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." Do you hear that? That's the sound of miserable failure. 

Akin tried to clean the mess up, saying, "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," but it was legitimately too late. What exactly is "legitimate rape" anyway?

Although he legitimately hurt his quest to dethrone McCaskill with that one, we're sure there are plenty that agree with him. Just another sign that we're in trouble, folks.

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[via NBC News]

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