Speaker Boehner needs to remove Akin from Science and Tech Committee
By Jo Piazza / current.com / @jopiazza
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has created a petition calling on Speaker of the House John Boehner to remove Rep. Todd Akin from the House Science and Technology Committee, following Akin's comments that a woman who is "legitimately" raped can prevent herself from becoming pregnant.
"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," Akin said to a Fox News affiliate in St. Louis on Sunday.
The DCCC posted a petition on its website on Sunday evening stating:
"The notion of 'legitimate rape' is insulting. Someone who believes nonsense like this has no part overseeing science policy. Tell Speaker Boehner to immediately remove Rep. Akin from the House Science and Technology Committee."
More: Read Jennifer Granholm's column on women
facing sexual McCarthyism.
By mid-morning on Monday, the petition had received more than 11,000 likes on Facebook.
The argument that women can't get pregnant from rape is sadly neither new nor uncommon.
More: Read 101 assaults in the War on Women
Talking Points Memo has an excellent history of conservatives using the completely unscientific argument that women cannot get pregnant in the case of rape.
And even the Romney-Ryan campaign distanced itself from the controversial comments.
"Gov. Romney and Congressman Ryan disagree with Mr. Akin's statement, and a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape," the campaign said in a brief statement. Romney also called the comments "insulting" and "inexcusable."
Watch Stephanie Miller and the Rude Pundit
talk about Akin's comments.
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