Republican Rep. Todd Akin is currently running for Senate in Missouri against the incumbent Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill.
For the record Todd Akin has always been outspoken about his pro life leanings. He's even gone as far as to say “As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion" and "I think we just shouldn’t have abortion in this country."
Having these convictions are fine and dandy and yapping about them all day is what the 1st amendment is all about. What isn't fine and dandy is spewing insane, idiotic, terrifyingly stupid and above all dangerous ideas about women, rape and women who have been raped.
You have to ask yourself in this day and age what could one man say that would justify the ire and repulsion of the majority of thinking society. Two words: "legitimate rape".
In an interview with KTVI-TV the GOP Senate nominee Todd Akin was asked if he supported abortion in the case of rape.
Here was his reply...
"From what I understand from doctors, that's really rare," said Akin said of pregnancy caused by rape. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let's assume maybe that didn't work or something. I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist."
If your head hasn't exploded and you needed a little extra fuel here is the clip of Akin's statement...So, in essence, this imbecile is actually implying that a women can psychologically control whether or not she becomes pregnant after they are raped. This utter moron must actually believe that women who do become pregnant after they are raped didn't try hard enough to keep themselves from bearing the child of their rapist.
Just so you don't think this is some loon who just walked off planet misogyny understand that he has worked on legislation with Romney VP pick Paul Ryan. Ryan, Akin’s colleague in the House, has sponsored legislation with him that also sought to distinguish between types of rape: Instead of “legitimate,” it used the word “forcible.”
The woman Akin is running against, Sen. Claire McCaskill, was understandably stunned by his comments.
First she Tweeted: As a woman & former prosecutor who handled 100s of rape cases,I'm stunned by Rep Akin's comments about victims this AM.
McCaskill did not stop there...
"It is beyond comprehension that someone can be so ignorant about the emotional and physical trauma brought on by rape," she added in a statement. "The ideas that Todd Akin has expressed about the serious crime of rape and the impact on its victims are offensive."
As Of 5:25 p.m. ET Akin's campaign released a statement Sunday on the issue, where the congressman admitted that he "misspoke" in the KTVI interview.
Misspoke... That's the understatement of the year Todd.