Monday, August 20, 2012

UK: US Senator's view on "legitimate rape"

The Guardian

'Legitimate rape' rarely leads to pregnancy, claims US Senate candidate

Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Missouri, causes furore with explanation of his no-exceptions policy on abortion

A Republican Senate hopeful sparked outrage on Sunday by suggesting that "legitimate rape" rarely results in pregnancy due to a woman's biological defences.

Todd Akin, a member of the House of Representatives and recently appointed Senate nominee for Missouri, made the claim during an interview in which he attempted to explain his no-exceptions policy in regards to abortion.

In reference to pregnancy resulting from rape, Akin told KTVI-TV: "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that is really rare.

"If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try and shut that whole thing down."
But if that "didn't work", then the punishment should be "on the rapist and not attacking the child", Akin added.

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