By Eliot Spitzer
Aug. 20, 2012
For a party intent on closing a gender gap that could spell electoral disaster, the Republican Party sure keeps saying the most remarkable things. Put aside for the moment the persistent efforts to defund Planned Parenthood, the many personhood and mandatory invasive ultrasound bills, and even Mitt Romney’s selection of the vehemently anti-choice Paul Ryan as his running mate. Now we have this from Rep. Todd Akin, for the moment the Republican Senate candidate from Missouri, a dismal new expression: “legitimate rape.”
Akin also informs us—based on fake science that he and others on the far right endorse—that the body can shut down a pregnancy in cases of “legitimate” rape, therefore abortion should not be legal in any case. For the record, about 32,000 pregnancies every year result from rape.