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August 20, 2012
Should Todd Akin withdraw from the Missouri Senate race?
I wrote last night on PJ Media's Tatler that Akin's remarks about abortion and rape were among "the most ignorant and damaging statement I've ever heard a politician utter." Explaining his no-exceptions policy on abortions, Akin was asked why he opposes abortion even when the pregnancy is the result of rape. "First of all, from what I understand from doctors, (pregnancy from rape) is really rare," Akin told KTVI-TV in a clip posted to YouTube by the Democratic super PAC American Bridge. "If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down." Akin added: "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 on the rapist and not attacking the child." Akin has since released a statement saying he "misspoke" -- but refuses to walk back the magical notion that "the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down" or define "legitimate" rape. Liberals are...(Read Full Post)