No means no (insert caveat here)

20 Aug

Missouri Republican Senate candidate Todd Akin answered some questions over the weekend about abortion in the case of rape.

This is what he said:

Well you know, people always want to try to make that as one of those things, well how do you, how do you slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question. First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s [pregnancy from rape] really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.

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.

No, really. He said that.

Analysis: If a woman says “No,” but her body doesn’t shut down (what does that even mean?) then she wasn’t really raped because you know women are just gagging for it.

We’ll leave the question of punishment for another day because, really, it’s not worth it.

UPDATE: More asinine comments from Akin and Circe proposes a solution.

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