I’m sure you’ve all heard by now about Representative Todd Akin’s statements about rape. (If not, you can watch here.)
In less than 30 seconds of a television interview, he articulated two viewpoints that have riled just about everyone — including many members of his own party.
First, he suggested that rape can be either legitimate or illegitimate. Second, he said that if a woman is a victim of the former, “the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” and she will not get pregnant.
Today, in a new ad, Representative Akin is asking forgiveness, saying he used the wrong words in the wrong way.
While I had thought this was one guy with a crazy idea, the New York Times reports today that the idea rape cannot end in pregnancy has circulated in anti-abortion circles for more than 25 years. Continue reading