Protest GOP Rep. Todd Akin’s Nonsensical Views On Rape and Abortion

Target: Missouri Rep. Todd Akin

Goal: Tell Missouri Rep. Todd Akin that his stances on rape and abortion are fact-less, and he has lost touch with reality

Missouri Rep. Todd Akin made some inflammatory and quite frankly ridiculous claims in a recent interview with KTVI-TV. In the interview, Akin claims that in cases of “legitimate rape” the female body has the capacity “to try to shut that whole thing down.” Referring to pregnancy as the result of a rape, Rep. Akin said he believes a woman’s body can decide it does not want to get pregnant, and subsequently, miraculously, avoid pregnancy. This is an irrational notion grounded in nonsense.

The Huffington Post reported on the matter. “From what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” said Akin while referring to rape-induced pregnancies. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume maybe that didn’t work or something. I think there should be some punishment but the punishment ought to be on the rapist.”

While it goes without saying that Akin should cease listening to “doctors” who are telling him the female body can turn her reproductive system on and off on a whim, the above statement is a rather disturbing look into the reasoning of a man vastly out of touch with reality.

Just months ago, Akin made similar comments about the morning after pill, calling it a form of “abortion.” Rep. Akin would like to see the morning-after pill and emergency contraception banned in the United States. “As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion, and I think we just shouldn’t have abortion in this country,” Akin so eloquently reasoned in an interview on August 8.  

This man and his illogical view of rape and abortion need to be set straight about the scientific and biological facts underlying the female reproductive system. Sign below to give Rep. Todd Akin a reality check.


Dear Rep. Todd Akin,

Your recent comments regarding “legitimate rape” and pregnancy are baseless and inane. It is shocking to believe that in this day and age a man serving in the United States Congress would be so blind to the scientific facts behind the female reproductive system and rape.

No, women’s bodies cannot discern rape-sperm from consensual-sperm. There is an equal chance of a woman getting pregnant from rape and consensual sex. The female body does not have ways “to try to shut the whole thing down,” as you have suggested.

You need to retract these comments, as they are scientifically, biologically and unequivocally wrong.


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