Congressman's 'Legitimate Rape' Statement Unveiled Some Real Scary Feelings About Women

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todd aikenMissouri Representative Todd Akin took a bold stand this weekend. He spoke out in defense of his right to make an ass of himself, even in cases of rape and incest. Sunday morning Akin told a Fox affiliate, "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."

There was screaming of "AYFKMWTS?!" from all across the political spectrum. Even Romney-Ryan made a statement distancing themselves from that big, steaming pile of crazy. (Whatever, Ryan has opposed abortion in the case of rape in the past.)

Realizing that he'd maybe-kinda-sorta gone too far, Akin issued a fauxpology. See, when he suggested there was such a thing as "illegitimate rape" and that women's bodies have magical powers that allow them to kill rape sperm he really meant in a kindly, empathetic way. Totes.

Naw, Akin. Tell us how you really feel. Here he is on Twitter:

In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it's clear that I misspoke in this 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 make no mistake. He still doesn't believe women should have the right to an abortion in the case of rape. He believes "deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action" following a rape. And even if he realized he sounded like a delusional dickhead with that original statement of his, I think what it revealed was his true feelings about women, the experience of being raped, and what rights we should have.

Empathy? Bullshit. If he had any empathy at all he wouldn't be taking this position. I mean, let's take a look at some of these ideas.

"Legitimate rape:" What the fuck is that?!? Like there's some "fake" rape going around? Like we make that shit up just for fun?

Pregnancy from rape really rare: Yeah, let's see exactly how rare. Oh look at this -- 32,000 pregnancies a year as a result of rape. That's so NOT rare.

"I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment should be for the rapist and not in attacking the child." Holy red herring. Who said the purpose of abortion was punishment in the first place? No one, that's who. If a raped woman decides not to carry that pregnancy that decision has everything to do with her mental, emotional, and physical health and nothing whatsoever to do with punishment. I mean, let's punish the rapist regardless. Totally separate issue.

Put these cockamamie ideas together and you have a guy who will believe any outlandish, illogical nonsense his wizards tell him just to keep on supporting his unsupportable, unempathetic, cruel position on abortion. The end.

Please let me be the 100,000th women to state the obvious: If you "respect" life, let's start by respecting a woman's life -- her quality of life, her agency, her ability to make decisions about her own body. Let's respect that life first.

What did you think about Akin's statements?


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RoughGem RoughGem

"Well, if you got pregnant from it, you must have wanted it! Ladies, stop pretending that you aren't asking for it!"

CPN322 CPN322

I don't even know where to could anyone possibly think the things he said???

nonmember avatar dixie

@RoughGem, wtf is your problem? You are a jerk. What you just said is stupid and wrong. There is no truth to that. You are an idiot

nonmember avatar guest

Legitimate rape definition "Black stranger jumping from bushes attacking white virgin on her way home from bible study wearing a dress that covers her from neck to ankle." Anything else....she had it coming. What a rednecked douche!

Geeky... GeekyMumof2boys

What an ignorant man. It's so irritating when people talk about something they don't know anything about. I personally wouldnt have an abortion, I know a lot of girls who have MULTIPLE abortions & think nothing of it and it pisses me off..... But when I was 17 I was raped. And if I had gotten pregnant from it HELL NO I couldn't have carried that baby to full term. I was so fucked up from it already that I probably would've killed myself. There's no way in hell I could've handled it if I had become pregnant from it. I'd like to see him tell a group of psychologists & psychiatrists that rape victims who become pregnant should be forced to keep their baby & see what they have to say about it. Yes, women who have sleep around irresponsibly & have like 6 abortions are pigs and should be stopped. But rape victims? The results would be chaotic. Frigging moron.

tbruc... tbrucemom

Being a fiscal conservative, it's these social issues that have kept me an independent. How can you be pro small government but think they have the right to tell you that you can or can't have an abortion?As far as a "legitimate" rape the only thing I can think of is there are women who have claimed rape when in fact they were just mad about being dumped or regretful or whatever.  I'm not sure what the percentage is but it does happen.  But no matter how you got pregnant you have the right to an abortion even though I personally don't think I could do it, it's not my place, or anyone else's, to make that determination.

Todd Vrancic

He has a bad case of "Open Mouth, Insert Foot."  What a MORON.  I can't say what I really think of him, because the monitors would definitely delete the comment.

nonmember avatar Becky Root

Yes ladies, stop getting drunk, looking good and wearing short skirts near ovulation. How selfish! I cannot believe in 2012 women still have to rail against this crap.

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