Republicans are running as fast as they can from Congressman Todd Akin – the Republican nominee for Senate in Missouri. On Sunday morning, Akin said he did not support abortion in the case of rape because, “if it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin claims a doctor gave him that information – and he didn’t clarify what he meant by “legitimate rape.” Akin later said he misspoke, however he did not apologize for the comments.
Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill – who is facing off against Akin and currently losing to him in the polls – responded to the comments saying she was “stunned.” Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan distanced themselves from Akin’s comments; however the Republican Party has been working for decades to redefine rape in an effort to limit access to abortions. In fact – just last year – every single Republican in the House of Representatives supported H.R. 3, which narrowed the definition of rape to “forcible rape” – to deny women access to abortion if they did struggle to fight off their attacker.
This latest comment from a Republican politician should be a wakeup call to all women in America – the Republican Party is full of dinosaurs that don’t care about you.