Todd Akin Apologizes for "Legitimate Rape" Comment

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Missouri Congressman Todd Akin has apologized for a remark found incredibly outrageous and offensive by both Republicans and Democrats.

In an interview with KTVI-TV of St. Louis yesterday, the U.S. Senate candidate was asked about his view on abortion and defended his strict pro-life stance by saying:

"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."

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Two questions, of course, have arisen from this statement:

  1. What medical process of "shut down" is Akin talking about?
  2. What the heck is a "legitimate" rape?!?

Following outcry from citizens and politicians - Mitt Romney's camp said “Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong. Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive." - Akin quickly apologized and attempted to clarify:

"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," he said. "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."

Of course, he didn't actually answer either of the questions posed above.

And now many are asking a different question of Akin: Should he drop out of the Senate race against Claire McCaskill? What do you think?

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In some instances organ donation stops a beating heart, is that murder?

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The heart beats at 7 weeks, meaning it is a living child, a lot of women dont even know they are pregnant at that point. So ya I think stopping a childs beating heart is MURDER

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Unless you are required to give a kidney, blood, plasma or any other tissue, abortion for reasons other than the mother's before 22 weeks are nit murder.

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@Jill, A woman doesnt even have to have the fathers permission to kill their baby, sounds pretty selfish and cruel to me. And if a teen is irresponsible enough to get pregnant she should have to suffer the consequences rather than kill an innocent baby because of her stupidity. What about the child that is being killed? It is not just their body anymore it concerns the life and body of the child to.

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Abortion is MURDER. No exceptions. What kind of person cant sacrifice 9 months of their life in order to save a life and give a wonderful blessing to a couple who cant have a child. And @heather Im pretty sure the child would rather
live and grow up with good adoptive parents than to be murdered. Or atleast have the choice to LIVE.

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Some people should not be allowed to talk. Ever. And here's somethings to think about for the abortion issue: Is it your uterus? Are you the father of the potential child in a relationship with the woman who has the uterus? Are you the parent of a minor daughter that needs/wants an abortion? If the answer to any or all of those questions is "No", then mind your own business.

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True--Akin is an asshole, but geez, just think of ALL the loser jerks in the Democratic Party....I mean, like LOTS! Maybe Akin should consider switching parties! GOP doesn't want him and for good reason. Go ahead...he's yours!

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@johncollins-we are not quite as stupid as you people. The only proof I have is that we didn't vote for Obama.

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I am totally against abortion on demand but pregnancy through rape or incest or if it would legitimally harm the mother's health, it's a necessity. Abortion just because you're too stupid to use birth control or self-control is not something that should be allowed. --- Sometimes birth control DOESN'T work.

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I am totally against abortion on demand but pregnancy through rape or incest or if it would legitimally harm the mother's health, it's a necessity. Abortion just because you're too stupid to use birth control or self-control is not something that should be allowed.