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Akin’s Rape Remarks Refuted by Science, Supported in Anti-Abortion Circles

Rep. Todd Akin in television interview Sunday, made remarks about rape and pregnancy.

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