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Monday, August 20, 2012

Akin Strikes Again...and Again, and Again, and...

Todd Akin, Republican candidate for Senate in Misssouri,  has made several outrageous statements over the last several days: he’d like to block federal funding of the school lunch program, he thinks the voting rights act should be overturned, he’d like a total ban on the “morning-after” pill,  and now he claims that the body has mechanisms to shut down pregnancy if a “legitimate rape” has occurred. 

“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim. “Let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work, or something,” Akin said. “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.”

I’m not making this up, folks.  The truly unbelievable aspect of this is that Akin has a substantial lead in the polls over his Democratic opponent, Senator Claire McCaskill. Akin later issued a statement saying that he had "misspoken", which is politispeak for "I was dead wrong and I'm an idiot!"

Todd Akin’s really over the top
He can’t get his mouth to stop
He gets into a scrape
When he talks about rape
Where does he come up with this slop?

He brought on this latest affair
With a statement made out of thin air
He’s started to intimate
If rape is “legitimate”
Pregnancy’d be very rare.

The good folks out in Missouri
Have a chance to be judge and jury
Don’t take a pass
Get rid of this ass
Vote him out with “legitimate” fury.

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