Mo. Rep. Pushes Bill Requiring Father’s Signature for Abortion, Except in Cases of ‘Legitimate Rape’
A GOP lawmaker in Missouri introduced a bill that requires pregnant women to receive written consent from the father of the child before an abortion can be performed – or in exceptional cases of “legitimate rape.”
“It’s nearly impossible for a victim of legitimate rape to become pregnant,” the actor says, a paraphrase of Rep. Akin’s August 18, 2012 comment.
Akin has an amendment attached to the 2013 National Defense Authorization Act, a religious “conscience clause.”
It was a race that drew national attention, less for debates over policy and more for the gaffes that accompanied it.
“We fight the terrorists because they are fundamentally un-American, and yet we have terrorists in our own culture called abortionists,” Akin said.
Written off by many in his own party a mere month ago, Republican Rep. Todd Akin has been slowly rebuilding his Senate campaign after apologizing for inflammatory remarks about pregnancy and rape.
Following comments about the scientific possibility of impregnating a woman during what he called “legitimate rape,” and the international backlash that followed, Rep. Todd Akin was asked by many fellow members of the GOP to drop out of the Senate race. Akin’s wife, Lulli, likened the pressure from fellow Republicans to “forcible assault.”
Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is standing by embattled Missouri Congressman Todd Akin and soliciting donations for his Senate campaign.
Republicans are kept accountable for their own misspeaks and actions. Unlike the Democrats’ life jacket being tossed out to a sinking politician by the Party, when a Republican politician does the inexcusable, the Republican Party throws him an anchor – and that’s how it should be.
Todd Akin is fighting back, and asking his supporters to join the battle.