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"Legitimate Rape," Pregnancy and Junk Science: Rep. Akin Not Fit For Public Service

by Erin Matson, NOW Action Vice President

"From what I understand from doctors [pregnancy as a result of rape] is really rare. If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." - Rep. Todd Akin, who is currently running as the Republican candidate for Senate in Missouri

Rep. Akin is not fit for public service. This isn’t a blooper. An apology or retraction is not sufficient, although by now Rep. Akin has given a backhanded one where he said he even knows some rape victims, and he plans to stay in the Senate race.

Rep. Akin is not fit for public service. Mitt Romney has called for him to apologize. Scott Brown has called for him to step out of the race. President Obama made the rare step to walk into a White House press briefing today and say you can't just make stuff up, and, "Rape is rape."

Rep. Akin is not fit for public service. This is bigger than an important election we all care about very much, although it is legitimate to hold a political party that tolerates this behavior accountable -- nationwide. Rape culture, hatred of women and the junk science of the anti-abortion rights movement have no place in public policy. Currently, Rep. Akin is on the House Science committee.

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Comment from: womensupport africa@ [Member] Email
rep Akin in all fairness should resign he is indeed not fit for public office
08/25/12 @ 09:33
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Comment from: micklisa01 [Member] Email
I guess it's because of my mom but I can truly say "I love you women" and as a 57 year old white guy I am appalled that a man like this can be elected to office, but that also is a commentary on the electorate and media, very disappointing. I made up a bumper sticker that has proven to be very popular with the local Democratic women, here in Southern Oregon.
SUPPORT WOMEN
VOTE DEMOCRATIC
I had the guy at progressiverags.com make some up for me and they have been a big hit.
Mick in Oregon
09/08/12 @ 07:36
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Comment from: deirdrea [Member] Email
That man (Akin) is such a fool, If that was true, there would be no unplanned babies.
09/30/12 @ 10:52
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Comment from: laurenmayer [Member] Email
Oh no, Akin let the cat out of the bag, and now everyone knows our secret powers! So let's embrace it - and now we have a theme song.
"My Magical Vagina" - www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijUsWNUt49Y
10/01/12 @ 16:08
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