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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Todd 'Legitimate Rape' Akin Comments Under Fire

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R) who is also the Republican Senate candidate, has been under fire for his comments he made on August 19th during a interview where he claimed that women who are victims of 'legitimate rape' don't usually become pregnant because "the female body has ways to shut that whole thing down."  

Many mainstream GOP leaders have called for his resignation and withdraw from the Senate race after his remarks went viral on the internet, upsetting many people across the country which in return could really damage his campaign. Sources reveal that his campaign was preparing an official withdraw on Tuesday, August 21st and that the RNC has pulled media dollars from his race, but Akin has vowed to press on. 

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In response to Rep. Todd Akin's remarks, GOP Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney along with his Vice Presidential pick, Paul Ryan, have stated they support abortion rights for rape victims. While this position is consistent with Mitt Romney's stance on abortion, it does not align with Paul Ryan's previous stances on this issue. Paul Ryan's previous stance has been that abortion should only be legal in the case where the mother's life is at risk. Ryan also sponsored a fetal personhood bill which would criminalize abortion with no exceptions for rape or incest. Even more damning is the fact that Ryan co-sponsored the "No Tax Payer Funding For Abortion Act" that narrowed and redefined the definition of rape. 

With many conservatives including Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan distancing themselves from Rep. Akin after his remarks and some calling for his resignation and withdrawal from the Senate race,  it makes on wonder where exactly do conservatives stand on this issue and what will happen with the Akin senate campaign? .  

If you would like to express your thoughts to Rep. Akin about his remarks feel free to contact him at the information below. 

Rep. Todd Akin
Voice: (202) 225-2561
Fax: (202) 225-2563
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