Monday, August 20, 2012

Rep Todd Akin Apologizes For His Offensive No Pregnancy From "Legitimate Rape"

It's people like Missouri Republican Congressman Todd Akin who send moderates and independents flying to the other side, and convince liberals to remain there.

Akin has since apologized (if you can call it that) for his supremely idiotic, beyond ignorant, truly offensive statement about raped women and their ability to magically stave off pregnancy if it is a "legitimate" rape:

"It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that's really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

What? Are those doctors living in the same cave Akin is living in? And where did they get their medical degrees- from If the female body was able to "shut down the whole thing", there would be no need for contraception, would there? Tragically, many women get pregnant from rape- some choose to abort others choose to keep their babies- but his remark implies that those who do get pregnant were not in actuality raped. Unbelievable.

The following apology was posted on Akin's website:

"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."

If he believes that this election is about "a wide-range of very important issues, starting with the economy", then he needs to keep his mouth shut on "emotionally charged" issues like abortion and rape. He is simply adding fuel to the anti-conservative/Republican fire. I'm not sure why politicians don't think before they speak. People like Akin are handing over the votes to the Democratic party.

Watch his Jaco Report interview here.

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