Remember Missouri Republican Todd Akin and his cringe worthy comments about women and rape? It destroyed his political career. In a new book, he admitted that he regrets apologizing for his comments. In the past, Akin stated, “First of all, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Now he wishes that he never apologized in the first place because of the way it validated his wrongdoing. “By asking the public at large for forgiveness,” Akin writes, “I was validating the willful misinterpretation of what I had said.”
“My comment about a woman’s body shutting the pregnancy down was directed to the impact of stress on fertilization. This is something fertility doctors debate and discuss. Doubt me? Google ‘stress and infertility,’ and you will find a library of research on the subject,” he added.
Everyone makes mistakes, we all say things that we don’t mean, but in Akin’s case, his comments are so appalling that it is impossible to try and rationalize where they were coming from. To try and justify rape and to suggest that women that become pregnant from rape because they enjoyed it, is pure lunacy. There is absolutely no way to rationalize that type of logic regardless of what team you are playing for politically.
Akin even criticized Mitt Romney for throwing him under the bus about his “legitimate rape” comments. Akin believed that Romney should have said: “[Bill Clinton] is giving the keynote speech at the Democratic convention in two weeks, and you want me to denounce a decent, God-fearing man for his inelegant comments about rape? No, not happening, and if the truth hurts, put some ice on it.”
Words cannot describe this kind of ignorance. First off, Akin’s comments were beyond inappropriate and demonstrated his complete lack of understanding of rape, pregnancy, and the fertilization process. Secondly, if Romney were to defend Akin, his political career would have been severely jeopardized. In the end, Akin needs to accept that he went off into the deep-end, destroyed his political career, and take responsibility for his poor choice of words.
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