Todd Akin Has the Inside Scoop: Women Can't Get Pregnant from 'Legitimate Rape' [UPDATE from Akin Campaign]

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Today in Crazy Shit Todd Akin Says... Some real crazy shit.

Over the weekend, the Republican who hopes to unseat Senator Claire McCaskill told Fox News 2's Charles Jaco that exceptions for abortion aren't a real issue, since pregnancy from "legitimate rape" doesn't really happen.

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. But lets assume that maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought be in the rapist, not attacking the child.

Obviously this is news to a lot of women and doctors...

McCaskill responded to her opponent, a longtime lover of life and hater of uterii, via Twitter:

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The Washington Post, Gawker, and other national news outlets picked up the story almost immediately, and 'Todd Akin' was trending on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

Planned Parenthood asked users to donate to the cause in Akin's name, via Twitter.

Some of our favorite tweets about the Todd Akin crazy train below:

From @jbouie:

Tomorrow, Todd Akin explains that legitimate murders don't cause death.

From @LOLGOP:

I'm suspecting @ToddAkin is the perpetrator of some of the worst "That's what she said"s in history of earth. #legitimaterape

From @LizAdriod

And yes - Todd Akin is a member of the House Science and Technology committee. Weep for America.

From @NickSchugg

Todd Akin is now furiously browsing WebMD and is like "fuuuuuuccccckkkkk".

From @prosdiva

I would love to hear more about this "shut that whole thing down" feature, @RepToddAkin. This feature is not in my manual.

From @TheLitDetective

Rep. Todd Akin: more out of date than a 1823 medical textbook. Literally: http://books.google.com/books?id=t7w0AAAAIAAJ&pg=PA437#v=onepage&q&f=false

From @Limeylizzie:

@RepToddAkin You are the Ob-Gyn candidate , right? My vagina doesn't appear to have that magic venom you speak of , where can I find it?

STL-based conservative pundit Dana Loesch also took to Twitter, to say the outrage over Akin's comments is hypocritical and overblown. She's been going back and forth with critics @DLoesch

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Did we miss any good ones? Tweet your favorites to @RiverfrontTimes

This morning the Akin campaign released the following statement on The Jaco Report interview:

As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. 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. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.

"I recognize that abortion, and particularly in the case of rape, is a very emotionally charged issue. But I believe deeply in the protection of all life and I do not believe that harming another innocent victim is the right course of action. I also recognize that there are those who, like my opponent, support abortion and I understand I may not have their support in this election.

"But I also believe that this election is about a wide-range of very important issues, starting with the economy and the type of country we will be leaving our children and grandchildren. We've had 42 straight months of unacceptably high unemployment, trillion dollar deficits, and Democratic leaders in Washington who are focused on growing government, instead of jobs. That is my primary focus in this campaign and while there are those who want to distract from that, knowing they cannot defend the Democrats' failed economic record of the last four years, that will continue to be my focus in the months ahead."

Users on Twitter are calling bullshit on the "misspoke" defense and asking Akin to step down.

From @JC_Christian:

Cuz he's soft on vaginas rt @PatrickRuffini By 80-1, GOP activists in my Twitter poll want Akin to step down as the nominee.

But will it be a cold summer in Missourah before the famously bull-headed Akin lets that happen? Something tells us it'll take a lot more than his well-documented and long-held social conservatism to push Akin out of this race.


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GeorgeS
GeorgeS

I finally understand why the Missouri Tigers left the Big 12 and joined the Southeastern Conference. Todd Akin's comments prove that Missouri has devolved into a regressive, embarrassing backwater more "akin" to Mississippi or Alabama. Will Missourians next be loving NASCAR, building moonshine stills and marrying their cousins? Will the "Missouri Waltz" be abandoned in favor of "Dueling Banjos"?

Tiffany Sandell
Tiffany Sandell

You asked how it happened? Anyway, you said you don't talk politics on social forms lol so.

Tiffany Sandell
Tiffany Sandell

And I was responding to Eric. If he knew nothing then he would not be on the committee unless everyone who voted is a dumbass. Which is possible but that's a lot of dumbasses to vote him in.

Tiffany Sandell
Tiffany Sandell

Normal? Talking about killing babies is never normal no matter how much people say it..

Stephanie Basso
Stephanie Basso

Making a remark such as "support abortion" is a normal political remark. Remarks that prove you know nothing of basic human reproduction, yet you are on the House Science Committee? How does this happen??? I can vote based on stupidity levels.

Tiffany Sandell
Tiffany Sandell

Stupid remarks are made by every political candidate. Such as "support abortion". You cannot vote purely on stupid remarks or we would have NO one in government..

Stephanie Basso
Stephanie Basso

Eric I agree 100%. This guy should have never made it far enough for us to even hear his remarks.

Eric Thompson
Eric Thompson

@ Michelle - I don't understand what you are trying to say. You admit you think his remarks are idiotic but since other people have also made the same idiotic remarks (albeit 13 years ago, and no source was cited for that information in the article you provided) his comments shouldn't be reported? Maybe instead of rationalizing a candidates idiotic remarks, we should support better candidates

Eric Thompson
Eric Thompson

@ Michelle - I don't understand what you are trying to say. You admit you think his remarks are idiotic but since other people have also made the same idiotic remarks (albeit 13 years ago, and no source was cited for that information in the article you provided) his comments shouldn't be reported? Maybe instead of rationalizing a candidates idiotic remarks, we should support better candidates

Stephanie Basso
Stephanie Basso

tweep = message on twitter. tweeps = more than one messages on twitter. Chirp? That is the sound of a bird. Portland makes me think of birds, and so does tweep. Birds make things pretty. This is an ugly conversation, now it's prettier.

sangefraier
sangefraier

People think Akin is stupid yet Obama is president SMDH

Tiffany Sandell
Tiffany Sandell

I feel sorry for him, in saying something so idiotic, but that doesn't change the fact that we shouldn't kill babies just because they are a product of rape.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

I may have found someone worse that the criminal Alan West here in Florida.  The funny thing?  The republicans still insist they are not waging a war on women...

Guess that little black op isnt going so well since everyone knows its going on.

Megan O'Donnell
Megan O'Donnell

Yea. I don't want to live here if he gets elected, for sure.

Davis Dunavin
Davis Dunavin

The sad fact is, he's probably going to win. Missouri is going red so fast and so hard it's making my head spin. It's no surprise. By and large liberals have been fleeing the state in droves for a decade or more -- there's nothing to hold them there. I moved to NYC -- a lot of us did. A lot of us moved to Portland, too. Sadly, Missouri is emptying out. It's getting abandoned to the crazies.

Stacey Woolford
Stacey Woolford

This guy's a moron! No way someone could legitimately vote for him and not feel like a douche bag.....

my2cents
my2cents

Well, thought I had heard some stupid statements from politicians.... guess I was wrong....  what a prick.

smdrpepper
smdrpepper

 @sangefraier Problem with your thinking, unlike Akin and Bush jr, President Obama IS intelligent.  He actually THINKS before he jumps into whatever.  As in not starting two wars without knowing how to pay for them or having an actual reason to attack.

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