Todd Akin is the conservative Missouri congressman nominated by the GOP to run against the incumbent, Democrat Clair McCaskill. Akin is an extreme abortion foe, who last year was one of the House Republicans who voted for a bill (co-sponsored by Paul Ryan) that would allow federal funds to be used for an abortion only in the case of “forcible rape.” As if there’s any other kind.
Now he’s at it again. In an interview aired today on KTVI-TV, Akin tried to explain why he’s opposed to abortion even in the case of rape, but in doing so, proved he knows nothing about biology:
“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.”
No it doesn’t, Todd. The female reproductive system doesn’t have some sort of rape-detection expel-the-embryo option. You, however, are yet another member of the anti-science party who doesn’t know what he’s talking about when it comes to scientific matters.
Now I’d like to see a member of the media ask Akin to name the doctors who supposedly gave him that misinformation. Either he’s lying — as Michele Bachmann was about vaccines and autism — or those doctors should be forced to return to medical school.