Today, in a surprise press conference, President Obama spoke out about Missouri Rep. Todd Akin’s clusterf**k of a statement in which he said that “legitimate rape” causes a woman’s body to utilize natural defenses to keep pregnancy from occurring.
President Obama not only addressed the ridiculousness of Akin’s biologically un-founded claim, but also the danger in parsing out what constitutes rape, be it “forcible rape” or “legitimate rape” when talking about definitions or access to abortions.
Obama also went so far as to extrapolate that what Akins said is representative of a bigger problem within the Republican party, in trying to control women’s access to health care and reproductive options.
In the video, Obama concedes that the majority of Republicans are not in agreement with Akin’s statement, which Obama calls “way out there”, but says that there is something reflective about the Republicans in general:
“Although these particular comments have led Governor Romney and other Republicans to distance themselves, I think the underlying notion that we should be making decisions on behalf of women for their health care decisions, or qualifying forcible rape versus non-forcible rape, I think those are broader issues,” Obama said. “And that is a significant difference in approach between me and the other party.”
What do you think of Obama’s statement?