Tom Smith Compares Pregnancy From Rape to Having a Baby Out of Wedlock

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Todd Akin may have just met his match in Tom Smith, another Republican U.S. Senate candidate who made controversial remarks about rape this week.

Smith, who was ironically trying to distance himself from the Todd Akin legitimate rape controversy, likened pregnancy from rape to any conception outside marriage.

The Pennsylvanian said that while he condemns Akin's comment, he agrees that abortion should be banned without exceptions, including for rape.

Asked how he would handle a daughter or granddaughter getting pregnant as a result of rape, Smith said he had already "lived something similar to that."

"She chose life, and I commend her for that," he said. "She knew my views. But, fortunately for me, I didn't have to ... she chose the way I thought."

"Don't get me wrong, it wasn't rape." When a reporter asked Smith to clarify what kind of situation was similar, he said, "Having a baby out of wedlock."

Smith added, "Put yourself in a father's position. Yes, it is similar."

Smith's comment comes at an inconvenient time for Republicans, who've been scrambling to distract voters from the firestorm of controversy over Akin.

The Missouri candidate stated that when it's a "legitimate rape" women rarely get pregnant because "the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down."

Smith, who is challenging incumbent Sen. Bob Casey in the November election, told the media that he does not agree with Akin's remark on rape at all.

"He should have never said anything like that," Smith said, though the GOP official abortion position seems to be largely in line with both of theirs.

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I think both these Congressmen need to be legitimately raped. Then they'd come to understand a portion of what a woman goes through. As for abortion, for generations, men have been walking away from unplanned pregnancies, leaving women holding the bag. Until the government finds a way to make BOTH parents pay for 18-years for an unwanted pregnancy and the child resulting from it, Wade v. Roe will stand.

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I get what he was saying, but should have clarify from the beginning he was referring to making a tough call from an unwanted pregnancy. We all say things we regret. Then, the media will pounce just because they don't agree with political view.... As if the guy said " rape is good" im pro choice but I don't FIND things to pick on

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P.S.,Nice mouth Samantha. Oh, and by the way, they'reactually older than 50 years old, Miss Sewer Chops.

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@silver Dad you made your point perfectly. It is nice to see a man who believes it is a womans choice also.

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He is so wrong rape and having sex out of wedlock are two totaly different things i would know i was raped june 11, 2005 by an unknown asalent i didnt want it resulting in pregnancy. Thats my body my choice he needs to get his head out of his ass and relize its the 20th century women fought and won for thete rights and we will be damned if some assholes try to take that away

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@Silver Dad: I agree with you completely!

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If this is reverse psychology to get the Democrats in, they're doing a damn good job. Retards.

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Well said, Samantha. Get out and vote: the Republicans aren't just ready to screw women.

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Good grief.

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holy shit, after reading this i feel like i need to vomit. i hope for the sake of women in america the republicans never win. anything.