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What Akin’s Supporters Are Saying (and He Has Many)

Rep. Trent Franks. Stephanie Snyder/Cronkite News Service.

Republican leaders are running far from him, but anti-choice politicians and activists couldn’t be prouder.

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McCaskill Has Massive Lead Over Akin in Latest Rasmussen Poll

Claire McCaskill.

The Democratic senator is up 10 points in her race with the controversial congressman.

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Todd Akin More Strict on Abortion Than the Catholic Church?

Archbishop Dolan, of NY. Andrew Cusack/andrewcusack.com.

The church tries to clarify its own position on rape, but leaves things even more confusing.

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Blame the Rape Victim

Rep. Todd Akin said that when he said “legitimate rape” he really meant women who make up false rape claims. MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell, Salon.com’s Irin Carmon, and the Guardian US’ Ana Marie Cox discuss Republicans’ history of blaming rape survivors and how the Party’s position on rape and abortion may impact the presidential election.

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Dr. “Spastic Tubes,” Todd Akin & the Argument that Rape Victims Don’t Exist

Rachel Maddow discusses the resurfacing argument that rape victims cannot get pregnant– one that is easily and frequently disproved– as being a reasoning device for politicians who wish to completely outlaw abortion without feeling immoral.

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Todd Akin, Rape, and the Larger Problem of Limiting Health Care Options

A woman with a pregnancy as the result of rape is facing one of the most difficult and confusing situations imaginable. Indeed, the larger problem remains, which is that Rep. Akin and his conservative allies in Congress and state legislatures stand by their desire to limit the health care options a pregnant woman has available to her.

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The Party Wants Akin Out, Anti-Choice Interest Groups Don’t

Is the right about to have its first major splintering?

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Anti-Abortion Extremists Mainstreamed to GOP Leadership

Rachel traces the most recent history of Republican politicians making arguments about the legitimacy of rape victims’ rights and shows that extreme positions are no longer contained in the party’s fringe.

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Republicans Loudly Distance Themselves From Akin’s Comments

George Allen. [img src]

If you are curious who is worried about their reelections, watch who is publicly denouncing the Missouri congressman’s “legitimate rape” remarks.

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Is It Really Best for Women If Akin Withdraws? Questions About a Defining Moment

Calls are mounting for Missouri Representative Todd Akin to resign. But is it really best for women’s rights if he does so?

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