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Todd Akin is a Missouri Republican running for Senate. He “heard” from “doctors” that in “legitimate rape,” women’s bodies tend not to get pregnant. This is how he justifies his anti-abortion stance. This is the type of dangerous ignorance we have in America. We should all ask ourselves how we’ve fallen this far as a society, and how we as individuals may be contributing to the propagation of irrational beliefs.

Remember, this man is running to be a part of your government. Can you guess why he’d want to be in such a position?

Surprise, Romney/Ryan LIE in their denouncement of Akin's rape comments


The Romney campaign issued a statement today denouncing Missouri GOP Senate candidate Todd Akin’s “can’t get pregnant if you’re raped” comments.  The statement said a Romney-Ryan administration would not oppose abortion in instances of rape. Except that’s not true for Ryan:

Ryan’s anti-abortion stance is well known: he is against all abortion unless the life of the mother is at risk. Paul Ryan was a co-sponsor of the National Personhood Bill, which declares that, “the life of each human being begins with fertilization, cloning, or its functional equivalent… at which time every human being shall have all the legal and constitutional attributes and privileges of personhood. The term “fertilization” means the process of a human spermatozoan penetrating the cell membrane of a human oocyte to create a human zygote, a one-celled human embryo, which is a new unique human being.  Paul Ryan was also a co-sponsor (along with Mr. Akin) of another bill to redefine “forcible rape” because they think poor women fake rape to get free abortions on Medicaid. 

And Romney has flip-flopped several times on the abortion issue, going from staunchly pro choice to anti abortion with some exceptions, to agreeing with Mike Huckabee that he would like Roe v. Wade to be overturned and that he agrees with a national “personhood” amendment.  

Paul Ryan leads the charge against Rape Victims

Last year, Akin, vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), and most of the House GOP co-sponsored a bill that would have narrowed the already-narrow exceptions to the laws banning federal funding for abortion—from all cases of rape to cases of “forcible rape.”

After I reported on the “forcible rape” language in January 2011, a wave of outcry from abortion-rights, progressive, and women’s groups led the Republicans to remove it. But a few months later, in a congressional committee report, Republicans wrote that they believed the bill would continue to have the same effect despite the absence of the “forcible” language.

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