“Legitimate Rape”

If the Republican Party can survive this kind of vicious idiocy:

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri who is running against Sen. Claire McCaskill, justified his opposition to abortion rights even in case of rape with a claim that victims of “legitimate rape” have unnamed biological defenses that prevent pregnancy.

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview postedSunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”

…then I have to admit I’m rapidly losing all hope for our southern neighbours and will begin lobbying Ottawa for a Zombie Wall along the 49th Parallel ASAP.


Then what would be “Illegitimate Rape”?  And what is this magic spermicidal hormone we apparently secrete during “Legitimate Rape”?

I can’t wait to see the AMA‘s response to this.


“I MISSPOKE” UPDATE:  Yep, that’s his excuse.  No, really.

Sorry dude, you’re now the Legitimate Rape Guy.  Hopefully your body will excrete some kind of reputation-cleansing hormone and all will be well.

(h/t the Rev on Twitter)

10 Responses to ““Legitimate Rape””

  1. 1 Rob F Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Knowing the way anti-choicers think would likely never be a “legitimate rape”. Or perhaps the implied definition of that misogynist freak Bill Napoli:

    A real-life description would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raed, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated.

  2. 3 Beijing York Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 12:44 pm

    Can you believe that this moran currently sits on the House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee? Check out Wonkette (some of the comments are pretty funny):


    The concept of separation of Church and State is taking a real beating in the US these days.

  3. 4 stageleft Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Each and every time I think I’ve heard the absolute dumbest sh*t possible some politician comes along and proves me wrong

  4. 5 The Arbourist Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm

    As long as they are targeting women, minorities or liberals they can do NO wrong.


  5. 6 Rob F Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    And that should be “Knowing the way anti-choicers think would likely never be a “legitimate rape” by their definition.”

  6. 7 hemmingforddogblog Monday, August 20, 2012 at 1:50 am

    Of course he’s on the Science Committee! You wouldn’t want him talking about subjects that he knows nothing about would you? 🙂

  7. 8 pa joe Monday, August 20, 2012 at 8:50 am

    He wasn’t supposed to say that out loud and in public. Outlandish statements like this one are usually reserved to private meetings with financial backers and with those of like mindedness.

  8. 9 Salt Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

    He was speaking on the Jaco Report on KTVI–our local Fox station. Akin thought he was among the like-minded.

    What bothers me is that the junk science he was spouting isn’t being refuted loudly enough. This jerk Akin is a home-schooler hero and I’m shuddering to think of all the perfect misinformation that’s being taught to children by their like-minded, know-nothing-and-proud-of-it, dimwitted parents.

  9. 10 Hippie festival Friday, August 24, 2012 at 3:32 am

    That guy is a total moron, hope he gets out of politics as soon as possible.

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