Oh my: Missouri GOP Senate nominee says victims of ‘legitimate rape’ don’t get pregnant; Update: ‘A Torricelli situation’?


“Legitimate rape” became a Twitter trending topic in the U.S. this afternoon after liberal blog Talking Points Memo posted a video of Rep. Todd Akin claiming that victims of “legitimate rape” are unlikely to become pregnant.

Rep. Akin is the Republican nominee for U.S. Senate in Missouri. A recent poll by SurveyUSA showed Akin 11 points ahead of his opponent, incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill.

“If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” Akin said to KTVI-TV in an interview posted this morning.

Needless to say, his remarks didn’t go over well on Twitter:

Twitchy was unable to find a single Twitter user who spoke out in defense of Rep. Akin’s comment.

Exit question: How long will it take before Akin issues a statement saying he misspoke?

Update: One Republican is already talking about a “Torricelli situation” — a reference to former New Jersey Democrat Sen. Robert Torricelli, who withdrew from his Senate re-election race after it was disclosed that he had received illegal contributions to his campaign.  Torricelli was replaced by former U.S. Senator Frank Lautenberg, who went on to win the election.

Andy Levy is calling it:


UpdateAkin has until Tuesday Aug. 21 to drop out of U.S. Senate race?

  • http://pennyrobinsonfanclub.net/ Penny Robinson Fan Club

    Jeebus Effin Xmas. That’s bad. That’s stupid. I mean that’s Biden-grade stupid.

    • http://twitter.com/Neil_Beau Neil Archambault

      I don’t think that even Biden is that dumb.

      • Marian

        Sure, he is

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001385780173 Cletus Holloway

        Biden is the dumbest ass around,followed closely second by Obumbler!!

      • ozconservative

        Of course if Biden had said that it would have been “just Joe bein’ Joe”

    • Timothy Crenshaw

      Shouldn’t it be Obama-grade stupid? He is the one who said there were 57 states and could not remember his own age and birthday.

  • digitalPimple

    Boom. done

  • ZoriahShepard

    Heavens to Betsy. Think! Think before you speak! Oy! What a dope.

  • Bill Steward

    His first statement was correct, the odds of getting
    pregnant from one encounter (rape or not) is very low, so pregnancy from rape
    is not likely, but does happen… He should have just stopped there…
    Even if what he said about (a women’s reproductive defense mechanism) has some
    scientific merit, it was very insensitive for him to say and certainly that
    “mechanism”, even if true, would be no more effective than
    contraception, which is only about 99% effective, at best…

    • disqus_LASIg6epmj

      But it only take one time to get pregnant.

    • Timothy Crenshaw

      First; you are allowing his implication of rape being mostly short assaults with victims who have not had their faculties impaired in any way. No drugs, alcohol or any other method of diminished capacity being used by the rapist. Secondly; The capacity to avoid conception means nothing unless it is 100%. His view throws the victims he considers ‘legitimate’ to the wolves. This is sick, cruel and in opinion evil. Lastly; there is no reason ever to marginalize a victim of rape. It is tantamount to being an accessory after the fact. This man needs to recheck his morality and humanity which he seems to have checked at the door.

  • domsdad6

    Unlike many of the democrat leaders who circle the wagons when their guys say something stupid (witness Joe Biden of course), I hope we Republicans throw someone like this under the bus. Back the bus up. Move it forward again.

    • audieho

      Judging by the comments here, that is what is being done. I haven’t seen anybody say “They are quoting him out of context” the way they do when Obama and Biden make stupid comments.

      • http://www.toprightnews.com John Urban

        And why is that? Why do Republicans always surrender? Democrats NEVER surrender, yet here we ALL are giving up the damn seat and possibly and Senate and possibly a Supreme Court justice!
        Shouldn’t we be rallying behind him? His record in the House does not show any similar history of such gaffes, and he acquitted himself very well in the debates. Yet every f**king GOP’er from Levy to Ruffini to Malkin is throwing him under the bus.

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001385780173 Cletus Holloway

          We don’t surrender! We just acknowledge the truth,no matter whose ass it burns! Fair & balanced,the way it should be! If we stoop to the democrats level,then we are no better than they are! A trained tongue will never let you down!!

          • Hiraghm

            A feeling of moral superiority doesn’t win battles. It just makes you feel all noble as you pace around the re-education camp.

        • Ted Lukowski

          I think he needs to immediately get out there and apologize for the comments and give a much stronger explanation of his meaning. If there is any scientific basis for his point, present it and then give an explanation of what ‘legitimate’ rape is. I understand what he meant but he needs to clarify.

          • Timothy Crenshaw

            I think he needs to get out there and immediately resign. There is NO such thing as ‘legitimate’ rape. Forcible rape is often perpetrated against those who have been incapacitated in some way. Trying throw rape victims under the bus because there are not a lot of them who get pregnant is NOT excusable for any reason.

          • Hiraghm

            “legitimate rape” as opposed to fraudulent claims of rape, I believe he meant.
            He wasn’t throwing rape victims under the bus; he was defending the right to life of the *other* innocent victim of some rapes.

        • Dan Kern

          Rally behind him? Are you kidding me? This guy is a moron! He SHOULD be thrown under the bus for comments like that!! Get real. We are not Democrats, who make excuses for THEIR most idiotic statements. The truth really means something here.

        • disqus_khiD4yhUiu

          You have to understand, most of us in the GOP are not really a my Party and my party only type of people, unlike Democrats who are willing to support anyone, no matter how bad, corrupt, etc that person may be as long as he is a Democrat, We are more issue targeted and expect higher ethics and better from ours than Democrats expect from theirs.

          • Hiraghm

            In fact, that’s not only how Democrats think, they think we think that way, too. They *feel* Republicans are evil because they’re Republicans. Whereas conservatives know *some* Democrats are evil because of their belief-system

        • Shawn Smith

          People who don’t believe “the ends justifies the means” refuse to defend the indefensible.

        • $1718659

          You don’t rally behind a moron, fella – no matter if he’s one of ours or not. This guy clearly is an idiot to come up with nonsense like “the female body has ways to deal with this”. “Legitimate” rape? Please – give us a break.

        • http://profiles.google.com/sanddog Ms Anonymous

          Rally behind him? I want to drive the damned bus!

        • http://mczwzthinks.blogspot.com/ MCzwz

          I have to wholeheartedly agree with you. That behavior — immediately backing down, being ready to use the liberal definition of “fair” (where they mean tear down Republicans/excuse democrats) against their own — I think in an insane effort to show how “evenhanded” they are.
          I think it’s about time to adopt some of their own rules to use against them, because they have gotten and kept the upper hand for such a long time much too many Repunlican/Conservatives seem, at best, reticent to immediately take the side of a Republican.
          Yes, maybe the guy “could have said it better.” Yes, maybe he could “chosen better terms.”
          But heck — maybe we could stand up for some of our own, some of the time??

        • http://www.facebook.com/mark.tinder.73 Mark Tinder

          Sorry man, but anyone this absolutely clueless/criminally insensitive as this apparent ass-wipe, NEEDS to be purged. It’s bad enough when the “progressives” accuse us of a bogus “war against women;” how can we possibly respond if we excuse or justify such horrific comments as these?

        • dawn

          There is a difference between surrendering and acknowledging stupidity. To back those words with MY support, would make me more like a liberal than a decent person…and i am NO liberal.

        • Todd W Cherveny Jr.

          Should we carry his water like the dfl did for tweet happy weener or how about the madamme of dc barney frank who the thugocrats still insist didn’t know his boyfriend was operating a brothel out of his townhouse. Tell me why we should back up his saying something that stupid and wrong? Doing that would only make the entire gop look insensitive and sexist and coat us more in the end and more importantly it would be immoral to defend what he said.

      • dawn

        how oh how do you take ‘legitimate rape’ and ‘a woman’s body has a way of..’ out of context? How completely wrong of him..on EVERY level.

        • Hiraghm

          Except for one, the one being ignored by the overhyped outrage: no fetus ever raped a woman.

    • Deron Reid

      One of the main differences between conservatives and liberals is conservatives call stupid stupid. As you pointed out Libs protect there own. If a congressman with an (R) after his name wondered if Guam would ever flip over with additional troops would not be eligible for re-election.

    • $40339025

      ’cause Democrats were all about Anthony Weiner showing pictures of his underpants to everyone.

    • dawn

      Agreed. Stupid and completely head-up-butt…no matter which party claims him now. Republicans and Conservatives and Tea Party Members ADMIT when something is wrong, even if one of ‘our guys’ says or does it…and we work to fix it. We don’t cover it, and down play it, and then blame the former president for it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SDQPWQW5SOIB3N7PETFI47YZWU Sammy Hains

      I’m just glad he did this while there is still time to pull out, before the GOP was impregnated by his nomination. Can’t abort Akin after tomorrow.

    • Todd W Cherveny Jr.

      Toss him out on the highway pull the bus over have everyone get out and kick him a few times get back on the back over him then turn the radio on and listen to msm talk about the gop cover up

  • Margo McKinney

    I hate to sound even more ignorant that this moron, but what exactly is legitimate rape?

    • stubby11

      It is a term used by idiots who try to redefine rape as something other than non-consentual sexual acts. They try to pretend that if a victim only says no but does not get beaten then it must not be rape… even though it is rape. Any sex without consent is rape.

  • Johnny Blade

    Too bad he doesn’t have a leftist grade spin gallery to make it all better… lol.. you didn’t build that!

  • http://www.facebook.com/thomas.baranowski1 Thomas Baranowski

    As a conservative independent the only thing I can offer Rep Akin is a large skillet beside the head…what a moron! As a male I have to apologize to all women for such an idiotic statement and say he in no way represents how most men feel or think.

  • AFMomXs2

    What a Jack Waggon !!! And why is there even an arguement over rape / pregnancy?? When you go into the hospital the frist thing they do is offer you a morning after pill to make sure there is no pregnancy. Therefore ending any need for abortion via rape. If you don’t go to the police or hospital or see a Dr then there isn’t much anyone can do for you.

    • John Richardson

      Because pro-lifers think the morning after pill is infanticide. I fully understand the moral repugnance over very late term abortions. But morning after pills are “aborting” at most a small packet of essentially undifferentiated cells. Many such blastulas would self-abort before the woman even suspected she was pregnant. (This is the origin of the claim that God is the world’s most prolific abortionist. Actually, nature is. But if you BELIEVE that God directs these things …) But because some don’t self-abort, the morning after pill is indicated. it is indeed the humane ALTERNATIVE to a later abortion.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001385780173 Cletus Holloway

        I do believe in God and he said that life begins at conception and that kills your undifferentiated cells theory! There is NO HUMANE alternative to abortion!! MURDER IS MURDER! A rape baby is guilty of absolutely nothing,yet it must die for what it’s monstrous sperm donor did! Adopt the baby out to a nice family and execute the rapist,that way the baby and rapist get what they deserve!! Hows that for logic??

        • Timothy Crenshaw

          God designed human beings so that 86% of all pregnancies spontaneously abort. He also drowned the entire world except a few chosen on the ark. God makes us murderers by the nature of how our bodies work. Where is your logic now? BTW When you force your own 11 year old daughter to carry to term after a brutal and abusive captivity by a rapist we will talk about your logic.

      • disqus_CR25ev2Z1s

        Few pro-lifers would argue that the morning after pill is the same as infanticide (well, at least I wouldn’t). Furthermore, infanticide is not legal (yet), regardless of the circumstances of the child’s conception.

        It’s commonly asserted that rape victims always seek abortion if a pregnancy occurs, but have there ever been any hard studies to determine if this is true? It’s gotten to the point where one wonders if a rape victim even still obtains the right to choose her options. Medical dramas frequently show the show’s protagonists browbeating and coercing rape victims into abortion. Given the way our society seems to view a victim’s options in these scenarios, I wouldn’t be surprised if this happens quite often in real life.

        It really doesn’t help those victims who *choose* to either raise these children or put them up for adoption. One should always be skeptical about assuming that all rape victims eventually want abortions if such pregnancies occur, even if one supports the availability of the option.

        That said, I’ve never heard of this guy before and I don’t support him or what he said, even if it is (arguably) true.

      • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

        Hey John, your ‘undifferentiated cells’ have their own unique DNA. Those ‘undifferentiated cells’ are the result of two haploid (one set of DNA) cells coming together (one male, one female) joining their DNA and making a copy of this new DNA, resulting in a diploid cell, which is now like every other cell in a human’s body (with the exception of the reproductive cells of course.) So this new group of diploid cells with DNA separate from the person hosting it is undifferentiated how? Life begins at conception. Conception, by the way, is a stage of development, like zygote, embryo, fetus, newborn, toddler, child, teen, young adult, adult and senior. If you leave it alone long enough to develop beyond a single diploid cell with its own DNA, it may actually achieve those other stages of development I just mentioned. Which makes abortion wrong at any stage.

        • $40339025

          Hey Amanda! The “morning after pill” prevents ovulation, period. (no pun intended) It’s not an abortion pill.

          • http://amandakmelson.wordpress.com/ GreenEyedGal

            No it doesn’t. If you ovulated the day before that pill wouldn’t be much use, would it? It stops a fertilized egg from being implanted, and stops the development of implanted cells.

          • $40339025

            So you’d value a fertilized egg over the emotional and physical well being of a living and breathing rape victim.


          • http://twitter.com/mandita74 GreenEyedGal

            I value life. Period. That developing person did not do anything to be sentenced to death. Who will speak for it? Obviously not you.

            And since people so often bring up the trauma that’s done to a rape victim, and the trauma that would result from a pregnancy due to that rape, why don’t we talk about the trauma that an abortion for a pregnancy due to that rape would cause. Yes, RU486 is an abortion pill.

          • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

            It’s true. If a woman were to take a morning after pill and is already pregnant, the pill would just not work at all. This is at least the newer morning after pills.

    • stubby11

      Most rapes are not reported. Most rapes cannot be proven and rape kits are traumatic. The best support and help women can have is being able to seek help without being judged, no matter how long it takes them to do it, without people trying to judge whether they suffered “real” rape. If you think rape victims are sitting and logically deciding their next action right after they have been attacked, you are delusional and have never been around or spoken to rape survivors.

  • coolflannelcat

    Oh my God! How fast can we get another Republican candidate? This guy is too stupid to breathe! What an embarrassment!

    • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.jones.7564 Cheryl Jones

      We need a new candidate. I do not want Claire McCkaskill she will offer money to planned parenthood. But we can’t have this fool, who is the “decider” on what rape is. Maybe if he is stuck in a cell block with some inmates for a while he will know what that is.

  • SideshowJon36

    EXCLUSIVE: Sen Candidate Todd Akin Press Conference! http://goo.gl/Y421

  • pjsolarz

    The University of Minnesota did a case study in the late 1990’s. They gathered information for one year on all the rapes. There were over 15,000 rapes that were reported. The number that resulted in pregnancies. Well, you can take your index finger and bring it to your thumb and you will get the number. That’s right, that makes a zero. Not a single rape resulted in pregnancy. The reason: The woman’s body goes through such a traumatic result that the body does not release the egg.
    Other studies have concluded that less than 1 in 1,000 have resulted in rape, but these cases are based on hear say and not on reported rapes. The biggest problem in deciding what is rape and what is not. With an increase in reported date rapes, the study is still rather low. One state had around 2000 reported date rapes in which 3 resulted in pregnancies.
    A woman has a better chance of being struck by lightning 4 consecutive flashes, than she does getting pregnant from a rape.
    Source(s): http://www.christianliferesources.com/?l…

    • Karen Meyer

      Regardless of any study, it is a MORONIC thing to say while you are running for office…hope MO has a replacement in the wings, this guy is toast!

      • http://www.toprightnews.com John Urban

        If he had said “forcible rape” instead of “legitimate”, he might have been ok

        • stubby11

          No, because what he is saying is blatently FALSE.

        • Timothy Crenshaw

          Not even close. Forcible rape includes the victim being incapacitated during the act and that would avoid the trauma response being referenced even if it does make a difference. This statement should never have been made and it shows a capacity for cruelty I find disturbing.

        • $40339025

          So if you don’t fight back because you’re afraid you’ll get beaten to death that’s OK?

    • http://www.toprightnews.com John Urban

      There is NO article at your link. But am sure Rep. Akin’s staff is Googling this furiously as we speak

    • John Richardson

      If the woman is ovulating, the egg has already been released. No one is saying that pregnancy from rape is enormously common. But if and when it does happen, it is what it is.

    • http://www.sarainitalyblog.blogspot.com/ sarainitaly


      i think he meant to say forcible or violent rape, as opposed to statutory rape.

      • Timothy Crenshaw

        It does not matter what he meant to say. Forcible rape can include incapacitating the victim to the point where there is no trauma during the act. Date rape drugs, large amounts of alcohol, chloroform or even coercion based on harm promised to a child or family member can all be used to avoid trauma during the actual act. “Calm down or the child dies.”, would make any mother force herself to relax.

        • powertee

          “relax”? I don’t think so. I think you don’t understand the biology of why female rape victims are rarely impregnated.

      • http://www.vega.com/ Vega The Voice

        You seem to be carrying the water for him. He said what he said.

    • CHHR

      That study was so full of holes it wasn’t funny. What they did not check was when an egg had already been released… nor did they look at the high number of rape victims that never say anything due to the stigma of blamming the woman.
      This entire subject is so offensive… of course it’s being discussed by those that have never been raped or even have had to deal with a loved one that was. Lying with statistics does not make the reality go away. Rape is rape and always legitimate regardless of how anyone attempts to define it.

      • powertee

        how do you know it was full of holes? Akin was articulating why it is (a) a red herring for abortion supporters to make law based on the relatively rare occurrence of women being impregnated when raped and (b) a loophole you can drive a truck through because it is so easy for a woman to claim she was raped. Something which happens, unfortunately.

        • CHHR

          I already discussed some of the holes, do you need a road map too? Further, I really could care less about anyone’s position. The fact is, it does occur and that poor woman deserves no less compasionate consideration.
          Finally, I also could care less about an abortion supporters agenda.
          Like a pro-life agenda – we pontficate on an end result and NEVER have the discussion about the real issue.
          We live in a society that fails to grow boys into men, they get to do whatever they want, women must follow or be deamonized as being prudish. When a baby enters the picture, men in a higher proportion than women are the ones to run away crying foul. Time to find our moral compas and finally deal with an ever deteriorating societal issue.
          That’s all I am saying and that’s all this should be discussing.
          BTW: my daughter is not only legitimate, but so is her son damnit!

          • powertee

            If you’re talking to me, you’re preaching to the choir; the same is not true of most other commenters here. That being said, I’m just challenging your flat assertion that the study had holes. You haven’t looked at the study, have you? The bottom line is that there are physiological factors that make it less likely for a woman to be impregnated as the result of a forcible rape than from consensual sex. Unless you’re tracking ovulation and blahblahblah for every sex act, it is accurate to simply go with the averages.

    • Lauren

      This is one of the dumbest things I have ever heard and it is no surprising that it comes from a religious website. How many of these women were offered the morning after pill and took it? Women are given the option to take it after being raped because it does this magical thing called prevent pregnancy. Please put your bible away and actually cite from a scientific source if you want your post to be taken seriously.

      And who the hell has the right to “decide” what is rape and what isn’t. It isn’t something you decide. Rape is rape. Survivors go through enough after a rape. It isn’t up to someone to tell them what they went through wasn’t an actual rape. People like you make me sick.

      • http://twitter.com/EmperorMisha Emperor Misha I

        His first link didn’t work, but the second did. Look at the footnotes. The New England Journal of Medicine is a scientific source. Or was, the last time I checked. Clearly Akin stuck his foot in it with his “legitimate rape” choice of words, but it is nevertheless a scientific fact that forcible rape, which is what he should have said if that’s what he meant, leads to reduced risk of pregnancy due to very well-known factors having to do with trauma, emotional and physical. It has been known for decades.

        So Akin is right on the facts. Of course, “lower risk” doesn’t mean “never”, but Akin says that too, right before he answers the actual question: “Should abortion be legal in the case of rape?”

        Why he felt compelled to interject the bit about “legitimate rape” instead of just answering the question, however, is between him and his constituents.

        (here’s the link again, by the way: http://www.christianliferesources.com/article/rape-pregnancies-are-rare-461)

    • Dan Kern

      Probably because many rapes are not reported. I know personally several women who have been raped AND GOT PREGNANT. That senator’s statement was dumb and controversial to say the least. Rape is NOT legitimate, period.

      • powertee

        Sorry, I call a foul. Unless you work in a rape counseling center I plain ol’ don’t believe you.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      3 pregnancies still means it happens. So that guy was wrong!

  • http://twitter.com/johnny__c johnny__c

    We should be able to score a political party like they do for the Olympic gymnastics teams… aka “drop the 2 lowest scores”, ugh embarrassing

  • Dee Mann

    Just like we should have when we learned that Bill Clinton raped Juanita Broadderick. Yet Democrats & liberals nationwide turned a blind eye to that. The GOP however will clean house of this guy. Nobody wants that around.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marktdj Mark Nocera

    Legitimate rape???? what Romney and his Republican cronies, are trying to do to AMERICA

    • Bumr50

      Evidence that Romney or any other Republican agrees with this d*ckwad?

      Typical tactic, though.

      You have no shame, therefore you just say whatever nonsensical bile that comes to your brainwashed, little mind regardless of how factually incorrect it may be.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001385780173 Cletus Holloway

      AW Shut up Hillbilly and eat your cornbread! And get the Hell off that meth,it’s already screwed your pathetic brain into a confused mush! ROMNEY/RYAN 2012!!! Illegal rape is what your Obama/Biden has already done to America!! Just what has Romney done,sense he is not the president to rape America?? No,you can’t answer,because you like your master Obama are bold faced LIARS! When Romney becomes president,you should leave America! DIP-STICK!!

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      It was one guy, Mark. Whenever the Libbies make a gaffe your people just say “Oh it’s one man.” But when a supposed GOP makes a gaffe, you say “Oh it’s all Repubs!” Stop your double standards.

  • Tanker74

    He did misspeak. I believe he meant forcible rape. John C. Wilke, MD, wrote on the topic in 1999, analyzing the statistics on hand and addressing the medical facts that the emotional and physical trauma of such a horrible event reduce the possibility of pregnancy.

    • stubby11

      Which only reinforces the myth that rape is not rape unless a woman is beaten half to death.

      • Bill Steward

        No, not necessarily… But sometimes rape is Statutory and not forcible…

        • stubby11

          Statutory rape IS STILL RAPE. Children cannot give legal consent.

      • Tanker74

        Who believes that? That’s a ridiculous statement.

    • Timothy Crenshaw

      As I mentioned in an earlier post even forcible rape does not have to be traumatic. The victim can be incapacitated through alcohol, drugs, chloroform or simply coerced. This is still forcible but the body’s natural response is negated. So he can forget his whole premise as it is a complete load of crap.

      • Tanker74

        I suppose I should defer to your rape expertise.

  • Jo Post

    This is as bad as when years ago a politician from Iowa said they didn’t need all the cow farms because you can get meat from the grocery store. Yes, these guys are available on both side. They have Biden, we have this dipshit.

    • dawn

      but we don’t defend dipshits. We maintain a certain level of integrity, and this man just lowered us to liberal level.

  • Nerdy Woman

    Following his “logical” conclusion… if the victim gets pregnant, she’s only claiming she was raped but the sex was really consensual (NOT “legitimate” rape)? UGH! He must be channeling 19th century ancestors. Well, ya can’t fix stupid.

  • http://twitter.com/Booker_TW Booker T.

    Oh dear, why didn’t you just say, I don’t know? No comment? Ai yi yi yie.

  • http://www.facebook.com/david.garth.334 David Garth

    The Congress has been raping us for years, I hope and pray the body politic activates its defense mechanism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Helen-Tatum/1250260501 Helen Tatum

    Well, that’s as stupid as Whoopie saying it wasn’t really RAPE rape. And unlike Akin, nothing happened to her popularity. Akin is toast. Missourians were so looking forward to getting rid of Clair. Just like a Republican, grasping defeat out of the jaws of victory. Damn.

    • stubby11

      Whoopie lost a lot of fans when she said that and a lot of respect from women.

  • padeeya

    Oh my..Missouri voters should’ve listened to Palin!!

  • Dee Mann

    Hillary is scum and would cover ANYTHING to be POPULAR with the Country. No matter what, it will be covered up, just like all the “MISSING” people that worked their campaign ! Career criminals….ALL OF THEM ! They will NEVER compromise their AGENDA ! These Socialist TRAITORS are in Power and IN CONTROL ! They are ALL LIARS and GUILTY …. PERIOD !

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  • Guest

    Hold on – the statement was SO bizarre and SO nonsensical that perhaps he may actually be able to get away with saying “THIS is what I meant, silly people”

  • Chip

    So much for taking the senate seat from MO…..

  • http://www.toprightnews.com John Urban

    Is the comment SO bizarre and nonsensical (“doctors tell us”???) that Akin may actually get a do-over? (No, no, no…what I REALLY meant to say is…)

  • Tanker74

    I’m not going to turn on a Republican for misspeaking when the Democrat supports an industry that butchers more than a million babies a year in the US alone.

    • Dan Kern

      This idiot should know better. We are not Bidens here. We are supposed to be above that! It is true that the Democrats as a rule support abortion and federal funding for the abortion mill Planned Parenthood, however two wrongs don’t make it right or acceptable either way. Both should be condemned.

      • powertee

        How is what he said “wrong”? It was probably insensitive, but . . .

      • Tanker74

        Condemn what exactly? Misspeaking on the issue is comparable to funding abortion?

    • $1718659

      Stupid is stupid. Pedriod.

      • Tanker74

        Pedriod is stupid, too.

  • Karen Meyer

    I am a staunch Republican but this idiot doesn’t need to be elected! MORON!

  • Joe Eschman

    His next quote should be “Would you like fries with that?” … the only job he is qualified.


    If you believe that life begins at conception why would this be anything more than a losing sound bite argument anyway?

    At its core the abortion debate comes down to one of definitions. Just state your view and why you believe it and do not allow yourself to get bogged down by “Gotcha” journalism.

  • radjahshelduck

    And I thought the worst thing that was going to happen in Missouri was going to be them getting their asses kicked their first year in the SEC….

  • http://pinterest.com/j0s1395/ Josephine (D)

    How stupid can you be?

  • hinckleybuzzard

    It is true that pregnancy following rape is infrequent, but Akin’s explanation is questionable.There are other reasons. Politically stupid thing to say, a totally unforced error.

  • CHHR

    tell that to my daugher… better yet, may be I should introduce him to our grandson

  • voorhee

    What in the holy hell would possess him to say such a thing. Somebody get this idiot off the ticket and FAST!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MYJYWPSBM353LCZZWANXHJ53UU fivebyfive

    hey Missouri this guy just SHOWED you he’s an IDIOT!
    replace him quick

  • Grandma HeadInjury

    No do-over for Akin. If the repubs are smart, they’ll give a do-over to Steelman….

  • http://www.facebook.com/cameron.brown.7543 Cameron Brown

    Understanding where this toolshed was going with such a moronic statement does not excuse it at all. This was a stupid thing to say and he should pay the ultimate political price for such an insensitive comment.

  • Section 9

    Jesus tap-dancing Christ. There was a reason Palin RAN out and endorsed Sarah Steelman in this race. This guy was Huckabee’s child. Oh well, if we can’t Torricelli the bast*rd, CMC will keep the seat. The man needs to go.

  • http://twitter.com/Phryj Daniel Sullenberger

    Why is it people are expected to ignore stupid statements from Democrats, even the President and VP, but we’re all supposed to pile on a Republican when he does it? Double standards much?

    Besides that, rapists who are trying to get away with their crimes will use condoms. As a result, they are less likely to get the victim pregnant. I guess the freaking morons at TPM don’t know what condoms are.

    • $40339025

      “Rapists who are trying to get away with their crimes will use condoms.”

      OK, I’ll bite. How do you know this?

      • http://twitter.com/Phryj Daniel Sullenberger

        The show Law and Order and it’s spinoff SVU. You might have heard of them? They’re only on about 400 different channels.

        • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

          I watch that show too and Olivia Benson, the lead detective was a product of rape.

  • jzdiablo

    Wow, that was chock-full-o-stupid. Being a celebrity doesn’t make you an instant expert on anything; neither does being a politician.

  • http://www.facebook.com/renee.t.kingsbury Renee Tompkins Kingsbury

    I’m at a loss. This is has got to be the most idiotic thing I’ve ever heard from any politician. He needs to go hide under a rock. He’s bad for the GOP and bad for the pro-life movement.

  • http://intoexploring.blogspot.com/ Greg

    Wow, what an ignorant buffoon. A great example of why we shouldn’t blindly support people because of the “(R)” after their name.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001385780173 Cletus Holloway

    When a Republican gets stupid,the rest of us cut them from our flock,we don’t try to cover their idiocy! Why can’t the democracks do the same!!

  • Ted Lukowski

    Very poorly expressed, but I understand what he was trying to say. I don’t know whether his theory about the body shutting it down or not is based on any real science, but it’s certainly not ridiculous to think that a trauma of such magnitude could result in the body shutting down its reproductive system.

    Sadly, the left has long tried to use the weak argument of rape and incest pregnancies as a way to legitimize abortion. While such pregnancies do occasionally occur, they certainly don’t justify the slaughter of millions of unborn babies.

    • http://twitter.com/desolatefox Foxe

      I’m not a doctor, but I was under the impression that extreme stress could make it difficult for a woman to either get pregnant or have a successful pregnancy. So that part of his point makes sense to me. He should have worded things more carefully, of course, but shit happens.

  • n4cerinc

    Can we get Sarah Steelman in there? Otherwise Claire McCaskill is heading back to the Senate. I know Dems get away with saying stupid things. But unlike Dems, they do not have the media on their side to help defend them or attack their opponents. It is a different playing field.

  • Sharon Korsberg

    I have to swallow back the bile in my throat to ask what this MORON means by a “legitimate rape.” What does NOT qualify as a “legitimate rape?” I’d love to hear him worm his way out of this one.

  • Delphi Programmer

    Can we please dispense with the profanity on this site? Furthermore, calling someone “dope”, “idiot’, “moron” and the like only lowers you to the maturity and mentality of a middle school delinquent! He made a legitimate point despite his unfortunate choice of words. He was wrong to say what he said the way he said it, but the fact remains that the “pregnancy from rape” mantra from liberals is just a straw-man for abortion on demand, and every one with an ounce of intelligence knows it. As many have pointed out, a Democrat can say something twice as tactless and get away with it. Let’s grow up people!

  • Anita Stover Blackmon

    Maybe the word they wanted was “virtual” rape which actually would not be real physical rape.

  • http://drawandstrike.blogspot.com/ Brian Cates

    He should have said pregnancy from rape is RARE, not that it never happens.


    •A recent Justice Dept. report returned a result of 170,000 completed rapes plus 140,000 attempted rapes. Nat. Crime Victim Report, US Justice Dept. Aug. 95, R. Bachman
    And how many pregnancies result?

    •About 1 or 2 for each 1000. This translates into an overall total of 170 to 340 assault rape pregnancies a year in the entire United States.

  • Anita Stover Blackmon

    However if if what he said is what he meant then he needs to avail himself of some biology lessons.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1207505856 Beverly Harville-Schrider

    He made a stupid remark. Gee…If we fired the Vice President every time he said something STUPID then we’d like NEVER have a Vice President, right? It was a stupid remark that stupid naive men make about something they know NOTHING about and he should apologize and sign up for some courses at a community center to educate himself…but there’s no reason for him to be chased down and murdered like a wild animal…which is what everybody is doing. IMHO.

    • $40339025

      The Vice President rarely has the power to influence the law of the land. This f*cktard is running for Senate. There’s a difference.

  • Dan Kern

    What an idiot. “legitimate rape”? Just gave that seat the Democrats. When is this idiot going to at least walk it back on that statement? His political future is DONE.

  • http://twitter.com/hamybear Michael Hampton

    So only Dana Loesch is allowed to get upset when an elected official who is representing all of us says something this stupid? Her parents must be so proud of her.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZGSKZNPY5I2KZSUF65MYB2ZY2I Dennis

    Where did we find someone so Profoundly STUPID?

  • Dayal Krsna Das

    I think the GOP just lost that Senate seat. He needs to clarify that comment.

  • $1718659

    What an idiotic thing to say. Clearly this guy should not be representing the GOP in Congress or anywhere else. From a Conservative Republican.

  • Shawn Smith

    Do you know how much this will be rubbed in every conservative’s face? Obama talks about his mildly racist grandmother as a “typical white person” and his overt racism is never brought up again. If you’re a Republican and say one stupid thing though . . .

  • dareisay

    Oh but the best one is from the Guy from Georgia. He thought if too many people were on an island, it would tip over!

    Can’t remember his name, he is a US House Rep.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      What about Obama thinking we had 57 states? lol

  • Chris1946

    Claire knew what she was doing when she mucked about in the GOP primary to get this guy elected. I never heard of him before.

  • Timothy Crenshaw

    So a ‘legitimate rape” is when you are assaulted only once and you have not been drugged or otherwise been incapacitated so that your body ‘natural’ resists this assault. Some persons evidently have an unlimited capacity for stupidity and insensitivity. Even if his conditions were correct he is still throwing the rare cases to the wolves. A few bad apples he is ready to toss out for the sake of his ‘morals’ and ‘values’. So what if they are human beings who also happen to be victims. Throw them to the wolves so I can sleep better and be closer to my God. His God seems like a pretty inhumane brutal bastard if you ask me. This man needs to find a new job where is propensity for cruelty would better serve him and where he will not have the right to put others at risk.

  • tim

    He is probably referring to the medical belief that when a woman is raped the release of stress hormones made the fluid in the womb acidic so that it was hostile to the semen. It was believed for years that this is the reason why so few pregnancies result from forcible rape. I didn’t make this up, ask some of the older ER nurses.

    • Spasticq

      I asked my mom instead. She said ER nurses aren’t qualified to give advice about the female reproductive system, it’s not their area of study or expertise. The reason I asked my mom is…she’s been in the OB/GYN field for over 40 years. I should tell you sometime about the night she delivered the baby of an 11 yr old girl who became pregnant from being raped and her parents forced her to continue the pregnancy.

      • http://twitter.com/desolatefox Foxe

        The problem with that is this guy didn’t say you CAN’T get pregnant from rape, only that it was unlikely. I’d be very curious to find out if this is true, from a scientific standpoint, though I do doubt it. Humans have defined rape, not nature.

  • Guest

    I would call it a Biden moment

  • Jason Draksler

    Sigh a dumb way to say what he said. Yes woman who are raped are less likely to become pregnant do too a whole bunch of reasons… but to make a comment about rape so stupidity he needs a slap in the face. Even if the facts support that majority if rape claims turn unfounded doesn’t mean you say it…. well he gets the dumb human award.

  • Beth

    This guy is an idiot, and I hope there’s someone else who can get on the ballot to dump McCaskill before it’s too late, if it isn’t already.
    That said, maybe if he had said “rape rape” a la Whoopi, the libs wouldn’t be so bothered by it. We would, but the libs wouldn’t, right?

  • GaylePutt

    Can’t fix stupid…..it is what it is..the man is stupid. There is no defense.

  • JediJones

    A little Googling finds “the adult pregnancy rate associated with rape is estimated to be 4.7%.” Another study by an M.D. suggests that the physical trauma associated with rape would make conception less likely. In terms of what “legitimate rape” means, only Todd Can explain that. I’m sure he would agree it was not the best choice of words since it is confusing. He could be comparing to statutory rape (which is not necessarily a physically violent act) or to a false accusation of rape. What he most likely meant to say was “violent rape” because that is the kind that would result in direct emotional and physical trauma that some doctors seem to say impedes the hormonal balance that helps cause a pregnancy.

    I don’t believe in attacking Todd for one gaffe when he qualified his statement, did not say it was an absolute fact 100% of the time, and his ultimate point was a truthful, spiritual one. The child resulting from a rape is innocent and should not be punished with the termination of his or her life.

  • http://mczwzthinks.blogspot.com/ MCzwz

    Having been raped myself, I would not hesitate to say that he probably means “legitimate” rape in the same way in which I use the term: an actial, real violent, physical attack — not the metaphysical descriptions we’ve heard from the “NOW” women where even a sidelong look from a man has been deemed to be “rape,” where a woman being kissed when she does not want to be kissed is “rape,” where practically any action a woman may be displeased with is called “rape.”
    So, in this world of ultimate political correctness, it is very possible that the comment may well relate to any one of those situations described above.

    • Spasticq

      So, a woman who is given a rape drug or perhaps passes out from too much drinking…and is raped (sexual intercourse without her consent or knowledge), does that fall under “legitimate” rape or “displeased” rape in your book? It’s not a “real violent” rape since she’s passed out, not resisting and 100% incapable of defending herself. Is that real or pretend rape?

      • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

        Go Michelle!

  • http://www.facebook.com/cheryl.jones.7564 Cheryl Jones

    I don’t know if it’s possible but he needs to resign and we need to get another candidate. Is he a all knowing doctor to know what women’s bodies do ? Who died and made him the decider about rape? Call it like it is he is an idiot. He’s lived in the Washington pearly towers to long for some reason I actually watched this program today and never have before. What an eye opener. If a candidate could be recalled this would be it. I won’t vote for Claire and we need that Senate seat. Everyone write in John Brunner.

  • skirwin

    Mr Akin If you misspoke you need to come out and say that your words were not to be defined in that way. You have degraded a whole group of women whom I personally know who where raped and carried their children to term and raise those products of the rape. They dont blame the children. Your words shocks me.

  • Michael John Naretto

    Good hell…

    This guy is a complete moron. He must be a Liberal.

  • Scott Pam

    Perhaps we can donate him to the Odumbass campaign? He’s already helping them out tremendously.

  • Christine Guinn

    This is what you get when you nominate the establishment candidate Missouri had better choices, but they let the GOP machine dictate the nominee. Do you think you would have heard this kind of crap from Steelman or Brunner?

  • Desiree

    So, he made a huge mistake with chosen words during an interview, right? The problem here is that while I believe he was attempting to argue his point based on studies (rare to get pregnant when raped. . .), his ignorance in word choice is baffling. Or, is it? Generally, when a participant in a planned interview such as this, you are given a courtesy “heads-up” as to the topic(s), are you not? Assuming he didn’t go into this completely blind, coupled with the fact that he has undoubtedly spoken on this topic many times before, I find it odd that he would make this blunder in word choice. As we know, there are plenty (probably not the majority) of people in the world that still choose to look at rape as “the victim’s fault.” (They must have done something to provoke it, dressed the wrong way, flirted, said yes, but then no, so obviously meant yes, as they were just playing games, etc., etc.) So, maybe, just maybe, the hidden issue is that when using the word “legitimate” rape, the blunder is that he is one of those people who battles with the issue of whether or not the victim is at fault, beacuse otherwise, what is “legitimate vs. non-legitimate rape?” I know some say it was a bad word choice, but forceable rape and legitimate rape mean two completely different things, don’t they? Of course, this is just food for thought, and hypothetical, but interesting to think about, is it not?

  • Timothy Crenshaw

    One more point. As soon as you force rape victims to carry to term no matter who got them pregnant or at what age they were impregnated you are on a path that leads to horror. You will find that men suffering from megalomania will start raping women for the sole purpose of spreading their seed. Not a healthy thing to encourage now is it?

    • http://twitter.com/desolatefox Foxe

      How exactly is that the child’s fault?

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.suzadail.3 John Suzadail

    What’s unbelievable, this guy is leading in the polls. How far do our morals have to fall before conservatives say enough is enough. Can someone tell me the difference between legitamate and illegitamate rape. Hard to believe these guys can say anything and people will vote for them no matter what.

  • Ramone Love

    What a jerk.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bellangie4 Angela Bell


    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      I know women who have gotten pregnant by rape too.

  • Don Partridge

    If part of schooling was to teach women how to use guns and martial arts to defend themselves then if there was a legitimate rape attempt she would not get pregnant because she would blow a 9mm caliber hole in his head.
    In the case of a “date rape” of course as much as I don’t think it is very responsible of women to allow a man to crawl all over them and then all of a sudden say stop, I think each person does have a right to admit a mistake, that they have gone too far and say stop. I do think women do need to know a man well enough to know he will respect her enough to stop, before getting into that kind of activity. Why get into that with a man who doesn’t respect you? all I can say is sometimes the consequences of our bad choices are more extreme than others. And all women know what can happen when they choose to indulge their flesh that way. That’s why we all know that is wrong and should be kept in a respecting marriage.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      There’s also cases of “date rape” via the drug. It’s not her fault.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001014474188 Justin Wright

    I actually believe he was trying to contrast legitimate CLAIMS of rape with the illegitimate claims of rape that do occur in our society (often because of the unwanted social stigmas that can accompany an unwanted pregnancy).

    And by doing so (with little tact, I might add), reflecting his own concerns with potential weaknesses in an “Only If Rape” abortion policy.

    My liberal friends! I’d recommend you use more empathy in your interpretation of people’s statements. These hypersensitive reactions of inflammatory rhetoric are only stirring your base (which you desperately need) – and no one else. At the same time, by stirring your base in such a dishonest way, it’s all too obvious to the considerate voter that there is a serious lack of integrity in political discourse coming from the left.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000504194093 Shirlene Denny

    Well,I think when he said legitimate rape,that he meant if indeed rape took place.There are some women that cry rape when rape did not happen.He went on to say that the punishment should go to the rapist.He could have used a different choice of words.For me it does not warrant throwing him under the bus.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001014474188 Justin Wright

    I actually believe he was trying to contrast legitimate CLAIMS of rape
    with the illegitimate claims of rape that do occur in our society (often
    because of the unwanted social stigmas that can accompany an unwanted

    And by doing so (with little tact, I might add), reflecting
    his own concerns with potential weaknesses in a “Only If Rape” abortion

    My liberal friends, I urge you to use more empathy in your
    interpretation of people’s statements. These hypersensitive reactions
    of inflammatory rhetoric are only stirring your base (which you
    desperately need) – and no one else. At the same time, by stirring your
    base in such a dishonest way, it’s all too obvious to the considerate
    voter that there is a serious lack of integrity in political discourse
    coming from the left.

    Fellow Republicans, shame on us for throwing him under the bus like this. Democrats are in this case more of their brother’s keeper.

  • http://navalwarfare.blogspot.com/ Libertyship46

    Are there any GOP heavyweights in Missouri who can step in and rescue this race for the Republicans? If so, he or she had better get started real fast. It’s a crying shame, because Claire McCaskill is so vulnerable.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

    Todd Akin is 100% CORRECT! The trauma of rape makes pregnancy very difficult to sustain (or even take place at all). When a woman miscarries, one of the first questions the nurse will ask her will be to deduce if anything abnormally stressful has taken place recently, e.g., a death in family, car accident, work stress, domestic violence. In the case of rape, a woman’s body responds the same as it does under any other great stress, which may cause her to skip a period, not ovulate, or even suffer a miscarriage.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Lots of children have been born as the result of rape.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

        Stress can cause a woman’s body to suppress ovulation. That is why pregnancy from rape is rare. No one said it never happens. Rep. Akin merely stated that the trauma of rape often causes a woman’s body to react in such a way that makes pregnancy highly unlikely.

        • Jesse Malkin
          • Isolden

            Just to clarify, the article Twitchyadmin keeps linking cites 5% of the rapes in this study resulted in pregnancy, stating that most of them occurred to minor children that only received treatment after the rape 11% of the time. It would be a matter of opinion if you count 5% to be unlikely, or common.

    • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

      You’re spinning like a Whirling Dervish.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

    I find it deplorable that conservatives are helping to drown their own man. If we lose this senate seat because conservatives did not rally his cause (after all, science is on his side) due to acting solely on emotion, then we do not deserve to win back the senate. Ignorance is bliss…NOT.

    • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

      Why would we support someone like him?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

        Because he told the truth.

    • M Murray

      I want him to quit the race and let someone with an ounce of sense to take on McCaskill.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

        You want him to quit the race because he stated a medical fact?! Stress greatly affects a woman’s fertility cycle. Even vigorous exercise can suppress ovulation. Rape is trauma, and it does affect a woman’s ability to get pregnant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/christine.l.larocque Christine L. LaRocque

    Illegitimate rape (another unfortunate use of words) is what propelled Roe v. Wade , a woman claiming she was raped so she could have a legal abortion but then admitting that it did not happen.

    • Spasticq

      That’s actually not true and there is no mention of rape whatsoever in any of the documents pertaining to that case. Her claim of being raped was an attempt to get a legal abortion and it failed. The lawsuit Roe vs. Wade has absolutely nothing to do with any claims of rape. Please get educated on a subject, before you speak – spreading misinformation is as bad as spreading a lie.

      • http://www.facebook.com/christine.l.larocque Christine L. LaRocque

        My apologies, McCorvey has said she was advised and with the lack of evidence was unable to get an abortion, but she felt pressured by the lawyers to challenge the state law; a young, unemployed, depressed woman being taken advantage of by ambitious, educated, people with an agenda… Nevertheless, she did try to use rape as a means to get a legal abortion, although she had not, indeed, been raped.
        In light of the fact that this is civil discourse, I feel that when one misspeaks they may not mean to spread misinformation nor a lie, but be part of a fluid conversation. Respect of the speaker is paramount and one should not respond with hostility or antagonism.

        • Spasticq

          Her claim of being raped in order to try and get a legal abortion is not at all synonymous with “Illegitimate rape…is what the whole Roe v. Wade case was based on…” which is what you put forth in your first comment. I simply corrected you. There is nothing hostile or antagonistic about my reply to your comment – I called you no names, I used the word “please, I suggested you get informed, and I also stated my opinion that misinformation is as bad as a lie. If you don’t like being corrected, no matter how politely a person does so, then maybe think twice next time about checking the validity of the statement you’re about to make. Please save your wounded victim speech for someone else.

          • http://www.facebook.com/christine.l.larocque Christine L. LaRocque

            Of course it is synonymous, it was not a “legitimate” rape, it was not a rape at all!

          • Spasticq

            No, it’s not synonymous – her claim of being raped had very little to do with the case before the courts. To say her claim of being raped is the foundation of the Roe vs. Wade case is spin that doesn’t reflect reality. In fact, her lawyers found her, not the other way around. Her lawyers filed the suit based on a woman living in Texas who wanted an abortion, but was not able to obtain one. It had nothing to do with rape. Here, let this help you better understand:

          • http://www.facebook.com/christine.l.larocque Christine L. LaRocque

            Thank you for elucidating the facts, including the fact that the “helpful” lawyers did not want their client to leave the state to have a legal abortion, fearing their case was be rendered moot. (I would have thought they would have helped her by securing her a “safe, legal” abortion.)
            “Illegitimate rape” still resonates with the false assertion that one is raped in order to obtain an abortion.

          • Spasticq

            Well, now you’re going off into a whole other discussion. This particular discussion has been about your false statement that “Illegitimate rape…is what the whole Roe v. Wade case was based on…” Now you know that is not a correct statement and you’re welcome for being introduced to the facts.

  • Sailor_47

    Obviously a Party Hack and deffinitely not a Tea Party Member, we don’t tolerate fools!

  • https://twitter.com/AlessaRosewater Maria

    Get rid of him, get rid of him NOW! Not tomorrow, NOW! An egg doesn’t care whether a sperm is there by choice or not. If the woman is ovulating, more than likely she WILL become pregnant by the rape! IDIOT!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

      That’s the point. Rape trauma usually causes a suppression of ovulation.

  • akilah

    the way people are hyperventilating on here is funny

  • http://www.facebook.com/Cindy.Fattmann.Downs Cindy Fattmann Downs

    He didn’t say rape victims
    don’t get pregnant, he said it is “very rare,” and it is. How many of
    the 50,000,000+ abortions performed since it became legal in 1973 were actually rape victims? Real rapes, forcible or statutory, not girls that claim rape after they got pregnant? Because THAT happens ALL THE TIME. Even Norma McCorvey (“Roe”) claimed she was raped in order to try to get an abortion in Texas, but the lie failed, because she never reported a rape. She later confessed to the lie, and in 1995, she joined
    the pro-life movement!

    Of course it happens, but I
    agree with him that when it DOES happen, you should punish the rapist, NOT the baby…

  • powertee

    Akin was articulating–ham-handedly, the reason that abortion for claims of rape is arguably unprincipled and morally suspect . . . it is rare for a woman who is raped to get pregnant. And of course, he was articulating the view that not every CLAIM of rape is legitimate. Now let’s talk about “legitimate” indignation . . .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S76XIS53F7LSF4SGCB4GQ4HH4Q rifleman

    Anyone running for office should always let the brain start working before operating the mouth…Very stupid, dumb and insulting. But of course, we know that if a Democrat said it the quote probably wouldn’t be news…

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    Wow. What a colossally ignorant thing to say — and believe. Was he raised in a looney cult compound in South America or something?

    He just single-handedly reelected that skank Claire McCaskill. What the heck was that idiot thinking?

    Good job, Todd.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

      How is stating medical fact “colossally ignorant?” Stress affects the female fertility cycle by suppressing ovulation. Rep. Akin is correct.

      • JoeMyGod

        32,000 women impregnated annually during violent rapes say otherwise.

      • Jesse Malkin
        • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

          I’m not sure I understand why a mod is singling me out. You should read the abstract you’ve linked to. It does not disprove the fact that rape trauma often disrupts the fertility cycle making pregnancy less likely.

      • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

        The fact that I’d even have to explain to you why what he publicly said and transmitted on the air waves across the land at the speed of light a mere 2.5 months before the election was colossally ignorant indicates that the explanation would be lost on you entirely and making such an attempt would be futile anyway.

        Otherwise, if a rape victim is impregnated as a result of the rape — and a great many rape victims have been impregnated throughout the history of our species — it’s pretty clear that the victim had already ovulated and/or that the ‘Stress’ of being ‘legitimately raped’ is certainly not a fail-safe pregnancy prevention self-defense mechanism of the female human body. In fact, I’d love to see you cite even one reliable source and provide a link that proves otherwise.

        I know you’re desperate to protect Todd Akin. That much is readily apparent in this thread. I sure as heck don’t want to see Claire McCaskill reelected either. But truth shall not be suppressed nor sacrificed at the alter for the sake of political correctness — nor political salvation.

  • shimauma

    those of us born of “legitimate rape” still would not care to be aborted thank you all so very much!!!

  • lonestar

    The one senate race republicans HAD in the bag. Six more years of Claire McCaskill. Thanks Missouri.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

    Todd Akin is right. Stress affects a woman’s fertility cycle. Even vigorous exercise can suppress ovulation.

    • Jesse Malkin

      Jen, the fact remains that pregnancies can and do result from rape, and it is more common than you seem to think:

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

        Please explain how a rate of 5% is common. Please read the abstract more thoroughly.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.irons1 Jennifer Irons

    Even though I align myself with the GOP, I am BAFFLED by what this Todd Akin said. Legitimate rape???? As opposed to what? Rape is rape which is a horrific crime and how can a woman’s body protect her from getting pregnant by a rapist anyway??This comment seems really cruel and stupid!! The woman is NOT at fault for either being raped or getting impregnated by the rapist. I agree with everyone here, Akin needs to step down immediately. This is one of the meanest comments I have EVER heard any one on either side of the political spectrum say!! Shame on you, Mr. Akin!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

      A woman’s body naturally reacts to the trauma (aka, stress) of rape by interrupting the fertility cycle. Even vigorous exercise can suppress ovulation. Rep. Akin is merely restating a medical fact.

      • JoeMyGod

        I am curious about your home planet and would like to visit there.

  • digitalPimple

    I strongly find this crazy talk. If GOP has 48 hrs to replace maybe this is a blessing. Better to know you got a loon now. Replace him.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

      Replace him for stating an indisputable medical fact? That’s nuts. Please inform yourself on the effect of stress on a woman’s fertility cycle. Even vigorous exercise can suppress ovulation.

      • Jesse Malkin

        His medical “facts” are wrong. Pregnancies resulting from rape are common:

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

          A 5% pregnancy rate means that 95% of the time a pregnancy does not occur. I’m not sure how that can be construed that pregnancy from rape is common. Please explain.

        • http://profile.yahoo.com/L5N2BSJOHGTYRQM352ESJ37KMU Jen

          Btw, that stat also includes statutory rape, which could be consensual relations between an 18yo and a 17yo; thus, the actual rate for violent rape is lower.

      • lardheppus

        Jen, are you on Akin’s staff?

  • Tony Flores

    I used to live in Akin’s district, he always struck me as d0uche. I never liked him in my interactions w/ him. Thats why I supported Brunner in the primary. He needs to get out now, for the sake of the party and to beat McCaskill

  • nc

    The Daily Caller has the actual interview so you can judge his words and context first hand. He also just issued a “clarifying statement” which I think helps a little. He was talking about not punishing the baby but the words came out really bad. The worst of it is that unlike Joe “Chains” Biden, it will never be forgiven or forgotten.

  • George Hardy

    and this dimwit thinks the people should send him to the Senate ? please !!!!!!

  • Hank1947

    With comments like his, it’s no wonder the GOP loses so easily. Over 380 million people in the US but Todd Akin is the best the GOP can come up with! Can you say “LOSERS” ?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_RUW6EIKWQ2DHBG27IREN3Z7YNQ John Svengali

    How about “legitimate” withdrawal from the race to allow a true conservative with a brain to run?

  • Delroy_Monjo

    “Your Honor, I intend to show the court that my client has engaged in legitimate rape and charges are without merit.”
    Won’t fly…..even with 12 Republicans on the jury.

  • Shelby is a Patriot

    Oh, my word. It’s like watching a horror movie and you’re yelling at the dumb girl not to open the closet and she does it anyway, and then you’re like, “I told you so!” like it’s gonna change anything.
    It doesn’t matter whether or not we agree with him. The liberal media is going to run with this all the way to the bank.
    This ship has sunk.

  • Darcy

    This Akin guy needs to go sit in on a Middle school health class. Yes, you CAN get pregnant if you only have sex once. Thats all it takes. Like Santorum saying if a baby is conceived out of rape/incest, a woman should still have that baby! Its a gift from God. Does he truly believe his “God” would be that cruel? Sure, Uncle Bubba, we’re havin’ a youngin! Yeah! What a bunch of clowns who really should never speak again. Along with anyone who defends what these idiots say. They sure can fit alot of asses in that clown car!

  • imgary3

    Biden disease must be contagious

  • http://gottagetgoing.blogspot.com Kunoichi

    Oh, for crying out loud. Doesn’t anyone read past the rediculous headlines? That is NOT WHAT HE SAID!! Sheesh.

    1) “legitimate” rape obviously differentiates from false rape accusations, false rape claims and even statutory rape, which is usually consensual.

    2) He said pregnancy from rape is rare (more accurately, that doctors have told him this), and that’s true. It *is* rare.

    3) he said the female body was ways to *try* and shut down; that is also true. That does not mean it can’t, won’t or doesn’t happen, just that it’s less likely to happen. Our bodies *do* have defense mechanisms that make pregnancy less likely to happen during traumatic events, high levels of stress and even nutritional instability. This has been known for ages, long before we had any way of knowing about horemones and the types of chemicals our bodies release at times of stress.

  • http://twitter.com/TeresaNelson5 Teresa Nelson

    why in the hell are any republicans even talking about abortion or rape??? How about the economy. Stupid, stupid, Stupid…. grrrr

  • Shelley O’Hara Plunkett

    I have been raped and I can tell you what legitimate rape is. I can also tell you what it is not. It is not “We were drunk and had oral sex and then he made me have intercourse” That is NOT legitimate rape. That’s just a woman being a dumb-ass. It’s scientifically proven that the stress of a “real” rape drastically reduces the chances of pregnancy. I am sick of Republicans throwing their people under the bus because they stated a FACT that wasn’t PC enough for their spineless constituents or the libtards who get offended every day of the week. If this statement offended you and you think he should give his seat to a socialist, baby killing, budget busting, America hating liberal, then you deserve the government you get….I just feel sorry for your kids.

  • http://twitter.com/EmperorMisha Emperor Misha I

    Everybody uses their own math (intentionally or not) where statistics are concerned, so barring obvious, demonstrable mathematical malfeasance it’s a matter of personal preference, not objective “truth” who should be taken “seriously.”

    But that’s not the point. Are we now arguing the percentage of rapes who result in pregnancies? Because if we are, I’m not interested. Even if, through extensive mathematical massaging of the numbers, one were to get the percentage down to 0.00001% it would still be 0.00001% too many pregnancies as far as I’m concerned.

    I was merely stating that it’s known medical fact that forced rapes result in fewer pregnancies (relatively speaking) than consensual, non-protected sex among fertile individuals. Even if we take the 5% as authoritative, it should be self-evident that we’d be hosed as a species if that was the best success rate we could hope for when trying to have children.