Up for Debate: Claim of 'legitimate rape'

Monday, August 20, 2012 at 12:10am

U.S. Rep. Todd Akin later said he misspoke when he said "legitimate rape" rarely resulted in pregnancy. What's your reaction to his comments and his explanation of his words?

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88 Comments on this post:

By: brrrrk on 8/20/12 at 11:14

budlight said

"I do recall reading a report that stated something about a very low percentage of incest and rape resulting in the need for abortion, ie, the raped person does not always get pregnant. I'm going to search for that report and see if it is still a statistic. There are people who have been conceived from a rape and gone on to live an awesome life - Ms. Oklahoma is one example. Michael Delgornia knows her.

Let's just stop killing babies all together please. They deserve to live just as much as Obama's kids, or anyone on this site."

Ok, let's get this straight.... being "mandated" to pay a little bit for "Obamacare" is unconstitutional and a slippery slope towards socialism... whereas being "mandated" to bear the child of the man that violently attacked you... well that's just honkey dorey?

By: dargent7 on 8/20/12 at 12:16

They ran (they being all 5 news cable channels) stating the American stat: 64,000 reported rapes last year, resulting in 3,400 pregnancies.
They didn't report how many gave birth, had miscarriages, had abortions.
The point is, Todd, as well as Bachmanns and Palins, believe pregnancy is a 'gift from God", to be celebrated and cherished. This fool pushed it further saying a woman's body, " knows when to shut down a pregnancy".
Even if it is a violent act by knife or gun point from an escaped mental patient on an 11 year old girl, she has to have the "bundle of joy".
Life is sacred, but not under all circumstances.
If it were, why does the USA have Capital punishment, Death Row, and go to war at the drop of a hat?
And we're the "leader of the free world"? At least Saudi Arabia has the decency to chop off the criminals hands or head.

By: pswindle on 8/20/12 at 12:36

Todd and Ryan are on the same page. They introduced a bill in Congress that dealt with the same idea and issue. Ryan has said on many occasions his views on obortion, and that is the only thng that he differents on with Ayn Rand. We need to dig deep on Mitt and Paul's statements on women's srights. You may be shocked.

By: brrrrk on 8/20/12 at 12:37

dargent7 said

"Even if it is a violent act by knife or gun point from an escaped mental patient on an 11 year old girl, she has to have the "bundle of joy".
Life is sacred, but not under all circumstances."

This crap is nothing more than the authoritarian paternalistic bull that comes out of the Bible; where everything is the property of man, including his wife and any offspring.

By: bfra on 8/20/12 at 12:56

What did anyone expect dumb (yogi) & double dumb's (bud) responses to be, as it was a GOPer that made the remark?

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/20/12 at 1:41

And to think they are the ones who are worried about a "Nanny State." The thought of someone gaming the system for food stamps bothers them more than the idea of rape.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 1:48

It is obvious the far right is off skewed as to what is important in life. Rape is always the woman’s fault; the poor men can’t help themselves.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/20/12 at 2:02

And they criticize the way fundamentalist Muslims treat women. They're not too far behind!

By: yogiman on 8/20/12 at 2:15


I don't know how old you are, and don't know how the women your age "handled" their sex life, but I do know in my lifetime women have provoked men into thinking they want to have a little sex pleasure with them. And when the man got "hot", she would back off. And often start laughing. I've been down that road. I know what I'm talking about.

Me, being me, I'd laugh at them and walk off. That would make them madder than hell because they thought they had me "hooked".

But if a man raped my wife, sister or any female relative of mine and I got to him before the police, they wouldn't arrest him, they'd just take him to the funeral home.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/20/12 at 2:17

There is such a thing as rape within marriage as well.

In regard to the whole abortion issue, this is an example of what I do not want to see happen in the U.S.:

"Pregnant teen dies after abortion ban delays her chemo treatment for leukemia"


By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 2:18

It just goes to show the far right can not see pass their arrogant hypocritical sanctimonious bias philosophy of we can do it but you can’t.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 2:22

Once again yogi proves my point.

By: bfra on 8/20/12 at 2:24

yogi's last comment absolutely made me sick at my stomach.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 2:31

Just consider the source, bfra.

By: yogiman on 8/20/12 at 2:40


I wish I was a brilliant as you think you are. But I don't have your knowledge..., thank God.

What would make you sick at your stomach, because I killed you for raping my wife, my daughter,my mother? I'm not like you, I wouldn't hesitate and I'd guarantee they wouldn't rape another woman.

By: bfra on 8/20/12 at 2:40

Nemo - Right! But just the idea is repulsive.

By: yogiman on 8/20/12 at 2:41

And I'll have to equate you to bfra, dumbo. You're showing your idiocy every time you "open your mouth".

By: bfra on 8/20/12 at 2:42

yogi - Why don't you learn what you are commenting about, instead of always sounding like a fool.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 2:43

Some men think that they are God’s gift to women. If a woman makes the mistake and says hello to this men, that is an invitation for them to have sex. If the woman says no, then she is a prick-tease.

People like yogi get a lot of things mixed up in life, that is why they behave like barbarians.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 2:52

By: yogiman on 8/20/12 at 3:40

I wish I was a brilliant as you think you are. But I don't have your knowledge..., thank God.

Once again the simpleton uses his old stand by idiom, which makes sense to a moron, but not to the intellectual. yogi’s lack of the language skills shows his deficient in understanding of simplest things.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 2:56

It never fails bfra, when yogi is caught in a fabrication or not understanding the question he goes off on a tantrum, like an ill manner child.

By: yogiman on 8/20/12 at 3:03

The fool is often the one who disagrees with you, bfra. And let's face it, you have never agreed with me.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 3:08

So yogi admits that he is a fool. I call this progress, but I’ll wait to see if he continues this dramatic climb toward understanding.

By: bfra on 8/20/12 at 3:12

He will come up with some excuse for twisting words. But this isn't the first time he has admitted being a fool.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/20/12 at 3:24

yogi, sounds like you got a little ticked off in your time when you didn't get what you wanted, so you stormed off. Creepy.

By: bfra on 8/20/12 at 3:27

Blanket - Probably every time! That is why he is so ticked at the World.:-)

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 3:32

I feel sorry for the livestock.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/20/12 at 3:36

lol, Nemo! There are some a-holes out there that think if they buy you dinner and kiss you good night, they should get a little action and a lot more than a kiss goodnigh. When they don't, they usually storm off. You know, like yogi did. But then he probably considered a good night kiss a tease - because you know, he DID buy dinner....

By: yogiman on 8/20/12 at 3:38

Who's writing for you, dumbo? Or have you gotten educated over the weekend? Your sentencing and spelling is much better today. Where did you have your class?

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 3:43

Blanket, I never acted in that manner, even when I didn’t know better. It has taken me all my life to become a better person, but for some knowing better is an allusion. Beyond there grasp of understanding.

By: yogiman on 8/20/12 at 3:44

It would be better if you knew what you're talking about, Blantetnazi1. But I understand how idiots minds work. I've learned a lot from you and your buddy posters on this site. Sadly, they're all sharing your ignorance. It must be catching on this site. I hope I don't get infected with it.

By: Blanketnazi2 on 8/20/12 at 3:47

Nemo, I think it boils down to a person's character. You are of good character so I can see how you would never have behaved in such a manner. :)

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 3:49

How would you know yogi, you have never made a rational coherent sentence.

You see yogi has change the subject off him. A good Republican trick.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 3:51

Being an idiot lie yourself yogi, you certainly would understand how an idiot mind works.

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 4:01

shb like

By: Captain Nemo on 8/20/12 at 4:06

Thank you Blanket, but I'm sure bud will counter your thoughts.

By: Ask01 on 8/20/12 at 5:53

Have I ever let slip an ignorant utterance, Parnell3rd?

Oh my yes, more than I can count or wish to recall. The difference, however, is I am not an elected official, in a position of power, capable of exerting influence on the course of legislation.

My most insufferably ignorant ramblings carry no greater consequence than being thought a fool, a characterization some on this hold of me in any case.

Dixiehopper, you are correct about the seeming selective outrage applied. I suppose the major difference is Whoopi is an entertainer, not a sitting politician. While some entertainers do hold tremendous, often unjustified, sway over public opinion, they do not form and establish policies and laws.

Which brings us to the heart of what bothered me about this representatives comment.

A sitting politician, publicly making what is obviously an outlandish and false statement, then trying, unsuccessfuly I might add, to put a positive spin on the gaffe. If the comment was spurred by a woeful lack of understanding about how the human reproductive sysytem functions, well, I am concerned. If we attribute the gaffe to a narrow minded, blinders on, neanderthal refusal to even contemplate why a woman might not wish to carry and birth a child which was the result of an act of unimaginable violence, I regard him as a candidate for the missing link.

(For what it's worth, I believe if a pregnancy comes about from consensual sex where neither party took any action to use a contraceptive, in an age when so much information is available, I don't condone abortion as an after the fact contraceptive.
I reject totally any arguments about being to caught up in the moment, or too drunk, or any excuse at all in fact. If you're old enough to "do it" you're old enough to use proper protection or be responsible and deal with the consequences.)

By: FaceBook:Emmett... on 8/22/12 at 9:42

And this is the best that the Dem "progressive left" can come up with to try to somehow avoid the inevitable fact that they are going to be swept out to sea in November? LOL