Apparently Rep. Todd Akin thinks there is, and the hilarious Rob Delaney isn’t about to let him get away with saying so.
Evan McMorris-Santo of TalkingPointsMemo.com reported that the ultra-conservative Republican Senate Nominee said the following:
“First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy from rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in an interview posted Sunday. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.”
Akin said that even in the worst-case scenario — when the supposed natural protections against unwanted pregnancy fail — abortion should still not be a legal option for the rape victim.
Rob Delaney fired back at Akin on twitter:
And in the first 45 minutes after Delaney shared the article and Akin’s Twitter handle, Delaney’s Twitter following (which is over 550,000 people) have responded with dozens of tweets to Rep. Akin suggesting everything from taking a basic biology course to mobilizing voters to keep guys like Akin out of office.
What do you think of Rep. Akin’s statements?
How about Rob Delaney’s response?
Can you imagine if someone had asked this guy if it’s possible for a man to be raped? Guessing he’s not too progressive on that issue, either…
Let Rep. Akin know what you think!
Watch Akin’s interview to hear him explain the difference between “legitimate rape” and whatever else he’s implying:
UPDATE Sunday 6:15pm EST:
And Rep. Todd Akin has issued a clarification:
“As a member of Congress, I believe that working to protect the most vulnerable in our society is one of my most important responsibilities, and that includes protecting both the unborn and victims of sexual assault. In reviewing my off-the-cuff remarks, it’s clear that I misspoke in this interview and it does not reflect the deep empathy I hold for the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year. Those who perpetrate these crimes are the lowest of the low in our society and their victims will have no stronger advocate in the Senate to help ensure they have the justice they deserve.
Well first, sir, it’s not just thousands of women, it’s hundreds of thousands. The DOJ estimates the number to be around 300,000 women raped per year in the US alone.
Beyond that, just so you know, the percentage of rapes that actually result in jail time for the perpetrator is around 0.35%. So while you believe the perp should be the one punished, not the fetus, I (and others) would like to know exactly what YOU are going to do about putting these perpetrators in jail as well as making solid strides toward preventing rapes in all populations of people.
We hear your retraction, now let’s see some action.