NEWS BLOG: Todd Akin’s magical contraceptive device

Missouri Representative Todd Akin: What does he know that women don’t? PROVIDED PHOTO


Where do these people get their information?

And how can they get elected to public office?

Here we are with Missouri’s Todd Akin, serving his sixth term in Congress and running for US Senate against Democratic incumbent Claire McCaskill. And he’s favored to win.

Akin opposes abortion, even in the case of rape. And according to news reports, when he was asked to explain his position, he told a Missouri TV reporter that based on what he has heard from doctors, rape-created pregnancies are “really rare.”

And besides, he said: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

Ah, yes. A “legitimate rape.”

And Akin knows of a magical mechanism in women’s bodies that “shuts that whole thing down”?

The mind boggles.

Maybe instead of Republicans pushing for voter I-D laws to make sure only qualified people vote, they should push for competency exams for their candidates.



  1. What a surprise ! A conservative politician totally out-of-touch with reality.

    Ar least this loonie didn’t make the usual Right Wing claim that most rape victims, were “just “asking for it”.

  2. What would happen if right-wing women ruled the world? Imagine if Sarah Palin or religious fanatics took over. Imagine if they took a strict interpretation of the biblical law against the “spilling of seed,” and men were not allowed to touch themselves. Oh, then you’d hear a howl from men and a great upwelling of angst!

    Well then, maybe you will have an inkling of the feeling women have when a bunch of angry old white men (i.e., the GOP) try to dictate to women what they can and cannot do with their own bodies. To wit: Senate challenger Todd Akin and his remarks on “legitimate rape.”

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