Posts Tagged ‘Todd Akin’

There Are Some Shocking Rape-Friendly Policies in Pennsylvania

By now you’ve heard about Missouri Republican Todd Akin claiming that it was “really rare” for a woman to become pregnant from rape, and following up that ridiculous assertion with an 18-word train wreck: “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” We also know that Akin is far from the first...

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Tom Smith’s Rape Gaffe Offers Insight into Conservative Domination

With each repeated Republican Party rape gaffe, the public is offered a little more insight into the way several party leaders and candidates think about women’s rights. Just yesterday, for example, the virtually unknown U.S. Senate candidate here in Pennsylvania, Tom Smith, compared rape to having a child out of wedlock. “I lived something similar to that...

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Local Republicans Not on Board with Rep. Todd Akin’s ‘Legitimate Rape’ Comments [UPDATED]

When U.S. Rep. Todd Akin made derogatory comments about rape and abortion last weekend, the media, liberals and many conservatives erupted in a firestorm. Conservatives, worried they’d now lose what could have been an easy Senate seat in Missouri, called on him to drop out. “From what I understand from doctors, [pregnancy resulting from rape is] really rare,”...

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‘Legitimate Rape’ Fantasies Nothing New for Conservatives

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin, the GOP Senate candidate and frontrunner in Missouri, set off a media and partisan firestorm yesterday after making claims in which he noted women who are raped have a natural defense against getting pregnant from said rape. In his explanation, he referred to something as “legitimate rape,” and used pseudo science to claim that, “the...

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