Rep. Todd Akin (R-Missouri) said in a TV interview with KTVI-TV, this weekend, that women who are "legitimate" victims of rape do not get pregnant, reports TalkingPointsMemo.com.
Rep. Akin, a Republican, is currently running for a U.S. Senate seat held by Missouri Democrat Claire McCaskill.
During the interview, Rep. Akin was asked if his anti-abortion view applied to rape (video below).
Rep. Akin said: “People always try to make that one of those things, ‘Oh, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question.' It seems to me, first of all, what I understand from doctors is that’s really where, if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
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Rep. Akin did not provide any scientific proof of his claim, but added: “Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”
In addition to his 'force the woman to carry the rapist's child' philosophy, Rep. Akin has also advocated a ban on the morning after pill and an end the federal school lunch program, which serves over 30 million poor children.
TalkingPointsMemo.com reports that women do get pregnant from rape:
A 1996 study by the American Journal of Obstetricians and Gynecologists found “rape-related pregnancy occurs with significant frequency” and is “a cause of many unwanted pregnancies” — an estimated “32,101 pregnancies result from rape each year.”
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After the interview, Rep. Akin said in a statement that he “misspoke.”