In light of Todd Akin’s recent comments, “The War Room” has declared it whack-a-mole day in the Republican Party, and unfortunately, Akin is the mole they just couldn’t whack in time. Yesterday Akin declared that a woman who was raped could not get physically pregnant unless the rape was “legitimate.”
“From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said on “The Jaco Report” on FOX News. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down.”
As it turns out, Akin’s statements came from a 13th-century belief that women could actually prevent pregnancy in the case of rape if the rape was in fact a rape. The false claim is still believed by some today. To top it off, Todd Akin is on the House Science and Technology Committee. A petition quickly formed after the interview to have him removed.
Today Akin retracted the statement and apologized, saying, “People do get pregnant. It does happen,” he said. “I just want to apologize to those I have hurt. I’ve spoken in error.”
Was Akin’s apology sincere or was the retraction just a calculated step in an attempt to hide his extreme stance on women’s reproductive rights? Whatever the answer is, it’s not just Akin who poked his head up on the issue of women’s reproductive rights — he is connected to political players who are at the heart of the Republican Party, including presumed vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan. The two have co-sponsored a number of pieces of anti-abortion legislation:
1. SAFE Act
2. No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act
3. Title X Abortion Provider Prohibition Act
4. Protect Life Act
5. Abortion Non-Discrimination Act of 2011
6. Respect for Rights of Conscience Act of 2011
7. DC Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act
8. Ultrasound Informed Consent Act
Tonight on “The War Room,” Nancy Keenan, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, and Jo Mannies from the St. Louis Beacon will join Jennifer Granholm to talk about the ongoing war on women’s reproductive rights and how this issue will play out in the election. Follow our live tweet during the show and keep in touch with us in the comments and by joining our communities on Twitter and Facebook.