Perhaps Rep. Todd Akin should forgo a career in politics and instead, eye a future in biology.
His insight into the workings of the female anatomy certainly are eye-opening.
Speaking to KTVI-TV, the newly-christened GOP Senate nominee in Missouri made the claims that ”legitimate rape” rarely causes pregnancy.
Justifying his opposition to abortion for rape victims, he said: ”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.”
However, this fascinating new discovery may not be foolproof…
“But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something, he added. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
Unsurprisingly, his comments are already attracting harsh criticism from political rival Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill who called his notions ”out of touch.”
McCaskill also went on to tweet today: “As a woman & former prosecutor who handled hundreds of rape cases, I’m stunned by Rep. Akin’s comments about victims this AM.”
To put things into perspective, statistically in reported rapes, around 1% of rape victims become pregnant. BUT since rape often goes unreported, the actual percentage could be higher, with some studies estimating it as high as 5%.
But the main issue at hand, clearly is…. Shouldn’t a woman who has been put in this extraordinarily difficult situation have the right to choose because the emotional ramifications are long-lasting?
Here is Akin in action…