Todd Akin Doesn’t Know the Difference Between Contraception and Abortion, But He Wants “It” Outlawed


Missouri Representative Todd Akin is fresh off his victory in the Republican prmary and ready to take on Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill in the general election.

He’s less ready to admit he knows nothing about contraception.

Speaking on a local radio show, Akin tells the host that he believes the morning after pill should be made illegal, because it causes an abortion. Confusing emergency contraception with RU-486, he claims it causes abortions, and abortions are always wrong. Except maybe, he allows, in cases where there is a tubal pregnancy, since in that case the woman’s life is in danger.

“Representative Todd Akin’s false statement illustrates exactly why politicians should not be meddling in women’s personal medical decisions,” said Planned Parenthood Missouri Advocates via email statement.

The fact is that emergency contraception prevents pregnancy. Abortion ends a pregnancy. Missouri women and families rely on all forms of contraception to prevent pregnancy and stay healthy.

Planned Parenthood affiliates in Missouri provide over 20,000 emergency contraception kits each year. Emergency contraception is more effective the sooner it is taken and it is important that women are clear about where to get emergency contraception and how it works.  Confusing emergency contraception and abortion is dangerous for women’s health.

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  • labman57

    It’s simple — contraception denies the sperm with its God-given right to hook up with the egg and implant itself in the uterine wall. The conception was divinely predestined, and therefore its prevention is a form of abortion.

    That’s correct … sperm have rights! It will be a major plank in the Republican platform to be presented at the GOP convention.

  • give-em-hell-mary

    But will the GOP then also criminalize “spanking the monkey”?

  • liberaldem

    kindly explain precisely why they, the party that supposedly wants less government, persist in intruding into the personal lives of women?  Mr. Akin needs, for a beginning, medically accurate sexuality education so that he will then at least have the difference between RU-486 and Plan B medication clear.

  • ack

    You can’t ask these people to learn how reproduction, contraception, or abortion actually occur. Because Religious Freedom.