Akin Offends with Legitimate Rape Claim

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Todd Akin, who is running for the Senate in Missouri, recently stated, “If it is a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.” The comment suggests that women who are raped and impregnated were not traumatized, and therefore, not truly raped. Really Todd Akin?


I for one feel incredibly fortunate that those running for the senate are well-informed and highly educated on matters they strongly speak out about. Oh, wait. Akin earned a degree in management engineering and a masters in Divinity. Perhaps he needs to discuss such matters with individuals who are better versed in the subject matter, like doctors.

Akin immediately attempted to rectify his error and claimed he misspoke, but the damage was done. His comment was met with opposition from a number of Republican leaders, including the chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Seems these republicans recognize that women account for half the voters.

Though Akin’s view of rape is unclear and not substantiated by legitimate medical research, the President made his opinion clear: Rape is rape. President Obama also stated the obvious – or perhaps the not-so-obvious: That Mr. Akin’s comment emphasizes “why we shouldn’t have a bunch of politicians, a majority of whom are men, making health care decisions on behalf of women.”


Elena Perez obtained a B.A. in American Literature at UCLA, but a growing interest in environmental issues led her to enroll in science classes and gain lab experience at UCSD and SIO. The close link between our ocean’s health and our own well-being has spurred Elena to explore the role environmental toxins play in our growth and development.

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