MO Senate Candidate Todd Akin Says Abortion Not Necessary Because Women’s Bodies Can “Shut Pregnancy Down” After Rape

VIDEO: Todd Akin Claims Women’s Bodies Can Prevent Pregnancies After Rape

Missouri Tea Party Senate Candidate Todd Akin doesn’t think abortion after rape is necessary because in cases of “legitimate rape” women’s bodies can prevent a pregnancy.

It is always the case that when you finally think right-wing fundamentalist anti-women politicians can not get any crazier… they do something to prove you wrong.

Today’s case in point is provided by Missouri Tea Party Senate Candidate Todd Akin, a former board member of Missouri Right to Life, who has come up with a whole new angle on why rape is not really a legitimate reason to allow an abortion (in his eyes, of course).

This morning, Akin told Charles Jaco, the anchor of the Jaco Report, that from what he “understands from doctors” (which doctors, he does not say), that assuming we are talking about “cases of legitimate rape” the “female body has a way of shutting that down” (i.e. preventing pregnancy).

So ladies, according to Mr. Akin, if you are raped, you not only have to prove to Mr. Akin that your rape was “legitimate,” you also are at fault for allowing yourself to become pregnant.

It’s just that simple.

Mr. Akin’s biography says he has a degree in Management Engineering, and is a “student of the Constitution.” Clearly, he is not a student of medicine, gynecology, biology, nor, I’d venture to say, common sense and common decency. And I am not sure I trust him on the Constitution either.

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  • crowepps

    Sounds to me like an echo of the medieval belief that in order for women to get pregnant, they had to have an orgasm, a totally false belief.

    It’s really a shame that people can leave school with zero knowledge of how human reproduction actually works, but even more frightening is that a person so clueless feels entitled to run for elective office and make laws about reproduction based on his false beliefs.

    Ignorant is NOT ‘just as good as’ knowledgeable.


  • give-em-hell-mary

    The following refutes “Dr.” Akin’s insulting caveman claims: