Akin: Some of My Staff Were Conceived by Rape


Todd Akin has a new book out and he’s been on a publicity tour for it. And the more he opens his mouth to defend and double down on his claim that a woman’s body can shut down during a “legitimate rape” so she won’t get pregnant, the more ridiculous he sounds. Now he’s contradicting himself by claiming that some of his former staffers were conceived by rape.

Todd Akin continues to expand on his critical contributions to the discourse of rape and abortion rights while he promotes his book. While reiterating that he was not wrong to say, as he did in 2012, “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down,” he’s adding a new twist: On MSNBC’s Daily Rundown, Akin told Chuck Todd that a “number of people” on his staff were “conceived by rape.”

So which is it, Todd? Do female bodies magically prevent pregnancy from rape, or is rape so efficient at people production that it’s provided a significant number of staff members for you?…

Piecing it together, I think we get the full picture. Akin believes that “the female body” often prevents women from getting pregnant when raped, if these women are even telling the truth about getting raped to begin with. If you are one of those unlucky enough to be legitimately raped and impregnated, well, no legal abortion for you. But take comfort, legitimate rape victims: That baby you were forced to bear might get to work for a failed Senate candidate one day! So it all works out in the end.

You have to wonder where Akin goes from here. He almost certainly isn’t going to win public office again. Does he go and run some anti-choice group? Become a lobbyist? I’m guessing he just remains a professional punchline.

Comments

  1. Kevin Kehres says

    First Rule of Holes, Scott.

    And the second, and the third, and the fourth, and the fifth…

  2. Kevin Kehres says

    Todd, not Scott.

    Who the hell is Scott Akin?

    Apparently, I need even more coffee this morning.

  3. eric says

    Even if the information wasn’t about me, I’d be highly offended if my boss said something like that. That’s pretty personal information you’re airing about your employees. What gives you the right?

    You have to wonder where Akin goes from here.

    After a book deal and publicity tour, I think the safe money’s on pundit. He’ll do a Palin and try to get paid for appearing on various TV shows and doing public speaking gigs.

  4. atheist says

    “Some of my staff were conceived by rape”
    I suppose this is an argument that women who become pregnant through rape should be forced to carry the child to term, since such children could grow up to become staff members of prominent conservative politicians. It’s true that it contradicts his earlier statements about rape, but when your beliefs are insane who cares if they’re consistent? What strikes me about his anti-contraception argument here is that it’s an incredibly vain one. If women who are raped can use contraception to prevent being impregnated, then clearly conservative politicians can just find others to be their staff members. “But it wouldn’t be me!”, cries the right wing id…

  5. Larry says

    So how did Akin obtain this knowledge? Was there a line on the job application:

    Are you are rape baby? ___ Yes ___ No

    Or maybe, in fundy circles, it just comes up during casual conversation along with discussions of other private, personal, information.

  6. D. C. Sessions says

    He’ll do a Palin and try to get paid for appearing on various TV shows and doing public speaking gigs.He’ll do a Palin and try to get paid for appearing on various TV shows and doing public speaking gigs.

    From your lips to Roger Ailes’ ear. Although Pat Robertson might be more likely.

  7. sqlrob says

    He almost certainly isn’t going to win public office again.

    You have a much higher opinion of the voting public than I do

  8. raven says

    Akin told Chuck Todd that a “number of people” on his staff were “conceived by rape.”

    Almost certainly a lie.

    Fundies lie a lot, and the forced birthers/female slavers lie all the time.

    Akin started out with a lie and then piled another one on top of it.

    They rarely invent new ones but it does happen. Hard to say if Akin’s lies are the most insulting or Marshall of Virginia. Marshall was the one who claimed that abortion causes birth defects in future children, a claim looked at decades ago and falsified.

  9. doublereed says

    The entire line just makes one balk.

    I can’t imagine how he’s going to dig deeper on this. But the republican party is all about breaking digging records recently.

  10. Pierce R. Butler says

    Ed Brayton accuses Todd Akin of inconsistency, but I say hooey.

    Akin did not claim his staffers were conceived by legitimate rape, meaning – well, whatever he means by that – but the implication is clear: Akin’s staffers’ mothers are all a bunch of dirty sluts.

  11. Menyambal says

    If conception from rape is rare, but rape-babies are not rare, rape must be more than prevalent.

  12. pocketnerd says

    Thus Spake ZaraEd Brayton:

    You have to wonder where Akin goes from here. He almost certainly isn’t going to win public office again. Does he go and run some anti-choice group? Become a lobbyist? I’m guessing he just remains a professional punchline.

    I think he’ll probably angle for a gig on the rubber chicken circuit. People will pay good money to be told exactly what they want to hear, and if you’re anti-abortion then rape is a troubling issue; it’s just so soothing to be told by a Very Important Person that there’s no such thing as pregnancy from rape, because the mysterious girlybits have some magical way of shutting that whole thing down. And anyway rape just means she changed her mind the next day. Also, Jesus hates women^h^h^h sluts so you’re completely justified in hating women^h^h^h sluts too.

    At the very worst he’ll wind up with a sinecure at some misogynist “think tank.” Wingnut Welfare won’t let him down. Fear of unemployment is for the untermenschen, not the ruling caste.

  13. cactuswren says

    This reminds me of a debate some years ago where the pro-liar I was talking with tried to pull the “But you could be aborting the next Beethoven!” bit. I pointed out that one could equally easily be aborting the next Hitler or Pol Pot, or far more likely than either, the next very ordinary person who has absolutely *no* influence on the larger world.

    She countered with an unsourced anecdote, presented as historical fact, that in a little Austrian village two babies were born on the very same night. One was Hitler, but the other was a girl with Down syndrome who grew up to take care of her parents in their old age, and seeeeeeeeeeeee, you never can tell what that baby you want to kill might grow up to be. Therefore, ban abortion. Or some such thing.

  14. D. C. Sessions says

    Therefore, ban abortion.

    Sounds more like “ban contraception and celibacy.” Or, put another way, “Open wide ladies! Every sperm is sacred!”

  15. D. C. Sessions says

    She countered with an unsourced anecdote

    And I would have been soooo tempted to ask her whether she had ever spent any time since puberty when she was not pregnant, postpartum, or working hard at getting pregnant again. Because if so, she was potentially denying some wonderful child its chance at life as surely as if it had been aborted.

  16. briandavis says

    @4 atheist said:

    I suppose this is an argument that women who become pregnant through rape should be forced to carry the child to term, since such children could grow up to become staff members of prominent conservative politicians.

    It seems far fetched that a rape baby raised by a single mother would rise to that level. Maybe we should force the mother to marry her rapist so the child will be raised in a proper hetero two parent household.

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