“Legitimate rape” comments don’t pay off. Shocking, right?

It’s no secret that many politicians say absurd things about women’s reproductive rights. Apparently, voters don’t approve. Representative Todd Akin and Indiana Republican Senate hopeful Richard Mourdock lost their respective races last night.

If you’re wondering, Akin was the guy who made the comments about a woman’s reproductive system shutting down and preventing pregnancy if they’re the victim of a “legitimate rape.” He also said that it’s “common practice” for abortion clinics to “give abortions to women who are not actually pregnant.” He defended the gender pay gap and criticized Claire McCaskill, his opponent, for being “unlady like.”

Mourdock recently declared that pregnancy resulting from rape is God’s will, and that women shouldn’t be allowed to have abortions even if they are rape victims. Indiana voters disagreed.

This election cycle has been packed with male politicians making judgments on what women should and shouldn’t do with their bodies. These results should end that trend.

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5 thoughts on ““Legitimate rape” comments don’t pay off. Shocking, right?

  1. Akin’s comments disgust me. I don’t mean to get rude, but first of all, he needs to learn how things actually work biologically, and also, being snarky to opponents is just plain unnecessary.

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