There are times when I wonder that if I lived in the US, would I be able to be in the Republican Party, when they have candidates such as Todd Akin standing for the Senate.
I could never be a Democrat. The only left-wing party I think I could ever join would be the right faction of the NSW Labor Party 🙂
I guess I could be a US Libertarian Party member, but I actually believe in achieving things. Anyway it is all academic, as I am happy here in NZ.
Fox News reports:Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin resisted calls to withdraw from the race Monday over his controversial comments on rape, despite mounting pressure from GOP leaders who roundly condemned his remarks and threatened to cut off funding.
Up until this he was 9% ahead of the incumbent Democrat.
Akin, a six-term GOP congressman, is challenging Democratic Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill for her seat. His chances looked fairly sunny — up until he told an interviewer that a woman’s body can typically prevent pregnancy during a “legitimate rape,” as he argued against allowing abortions in cases of rape, claiming such pregnancies are uncommon in the first place.
“It seems to me first of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare,” Akin said. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
How can an experienced politician, let alone a half decent human being, say something like that?
He basically just told every rape victim who got pregnant that their rape wasn’t real rape. Jesus Christ.
Sadly a fair proportion of rape victims do get pregnant to their rapist, and have the anguishing decision about what to then do.
One can have a legitimate debate on the legality of abortion, but you have to be a particular type of insensitive moron to make comments like Akin did.
Good to see the GOP dumping on him from a huge height. However the damage is done.