Over the weekend, the right wing nut job Rep. Todd Akin (R-Mo) talked up his position re abortion, which is he wouldn’t condone abortion even for cases of rape or incest:
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
There you have it. Another crazy trying to get elected to the Senate (as if we didn't already have way too many of them in the House), in his case, attempting to unseat Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo), and ahead in the polls.
Oh, and by the way, on the non-rarity of pregnancies occurring as a result of rape, TPM notes that “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.””.
UPDATE: Outraged as I was by Akin’s reference to “legitimate” rape, I obviously didn’t touch on the other part of Akin’s statement, you know, the one where he claims that women have magical powers or something that can prevent them from becoming pregnant if it’s a “legitimate rape”.
There are times lately when I have to wonder if I’m living in an alternate universe. Really.