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Todd Akin, Legitimate Rape and the Presidential Race
The GW Post (2012)
  • Marianna Karakoulaki, University of Birmingham

The republican stance on abortions is well known but when a Congressman makes really controversial comments on that issue just a couple of months before the presidential elections, the only sure thing is that it will create a media buzz not only in the USA but around the world. That was the case with Todd Akin, a republican U.S. Representative for Missouri’s 2nd congressional district, serving since 2001 and a congress candidate for this year’s elections. When asked about his view on abortions on a state television show Todd Akin did not say anything different from what everyone expected; his stance is clearly against contraceptive methods, what has caused so much controversy though was what he said about abortions in case of rape: “It seems to be, first of all, from what I understand from doctors, it’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut the whole thing down.”

  • USA Domestic Politics,
  • Todd Akin,
  • 2012 Race,
  • Presidential elections
Publication Date
Summer August 22, 2012
Citation Information
Marianna Karakoulaki. "Todd Akin, Legitimate Rape and the Presidential Race" The GW Post (2012)
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