Todd Akin “legitimate rape” comment fallout begins

The fallout began in earnest Sunday afternoon over Missouri Congressman and Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin’s remarks about women being able to not get pregnant in the case of “legitimate rape.” And it looks as bad as one would expect. In an interview posted online Sunday, Akin told a St. Louis television show that he opposed abortion even in the case of rape.

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin told FOX 2’s Jaco Report. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist and not attacking the child.”

Sunday afternoon, presumed Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate Paul Ryan released a statement making it clear they don’t agree with Akin’s stance. “A Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape,” they said in a statement.

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