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Planned Parenthood: "Akin Made Medically, Factually Inaccurate Statement About Pregnancies and Rape"

The leading provider, educator and protector for reproductive health care in the St. Louis Region and Southwest Missouri for 80 years issues a definite response to Todd Akin's Sunday comments about "legitimate" rape.

On Sunday, U.S. Rep. Todd Akin made a medically and factually inaccurate statement , said Planned Parenthood of St. Louis and Southwest Missouri representatives.

Akin alleged that women’s bodies somehow naturally prevent pregnancy in cases of “legitimate rape.”

"While Representative Akin’s latest false statement is shocking and offensive, it is not surprising to those of us in Missouri who know him best. Representative Akin has spent his entire political career supporting extreme positions that are dangerous to women’s health," the 2:06 p.m. public statement declared.

The statement listed the following examples:

  1. Representative Akin co-sponsored many pieces of legislation that would overturn Roe v Wade and end safe, legal abortion in all circumstances.
  2. Representative Akin co-sponsored a bill to redefine a ban on federal funding for abortions to exempt only “forcible rape” and not “rape” generally.
  3. Representative Akin equates contraception with abortion and wants to ban them both.
  4. Representative Akin voted to deny women access to federally funded birth control and cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood.
  5. Representative Akin supports personhood efforts which have been rejected in MS, CO and OK, and that could ban common forms of birth control and IVF.
  6. Representative Akin is opposed to students in public schools receiving age appropriate comprehensive sex education.

Most alarmingy, according to Planned Parenthood, is Akin’s extremist opposition to women’s health is completely in line with Mitt Romney’s running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan:

  • Like Akin, Ryan co-sponsored a bill to redefine “rape” to “forcible rape” which Representative Akin has said today is what he meant by “legitimate rape.”
  • Like Akin, Ryan voted last year to end funding to Planned Parenthood, putting at risk the cancer screenings, birth control, STD testing and treatment, and other preventive care that nearly three million Americans rely on each year.
  • Like Akin, Ryan would end all safe and legal abortion with no exceptions for rape, incest or the health of the woman.Like Akin, Ryan supports personhood legislation, which would give full constitutional rights to fertilized eggs and could ban some forms of birth control and fertility treatments.

One in five U.S. women turn to Planned Parenthood—not to make a political statement—but to get high-quality, affordable health care and medically accurate information, stated the release.

The press statement concluded:  "The contrast between Representative Todd Akin and Senator Claire McCaskill could not be starker when it comes to women’s health."

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RegalT62 August 22, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Will, you are wrong. Women do not release chemicals in her vagina or uterus when frightened, fearful or stressed. Please educated yourself - the science has been repeatedly explained over the past few days and easy to understand. Please, for the women in your life and all those you women love, learn about the body and the biology of conception.
Will August 22, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Regal, how can you believe what the feminist-loving talking heads spout for public consumption? This is unbelievable how utterly stupid we're becoming. How can you dump decades of research and centuries of common sense for a political agenda? This is so incredible it feels like a bad dream where I suddenly discovered everyone is an idiot. This whole thing reminds me of when Dr Lazar Greenfield was forced to resign as editor of Surgery News simply because he suggested that a man's semem is actually good for his wife which is clinically proven and total common sense. Emotional feminism went insane then, too.
RegalT62 August 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Huh? I am afraid you ARE the one who is misinformed. Read the science from five or six sources and really be open. I hate for you to go through life believing such junk. If you still insist on flying in the face of all the evidence, I'm not sure what to tell you. Your statements and arguments lose all crediability.
Will August 22, 2012 at 09:01 PM
This is unbelievable. It's fascism: throw lies to the public to get them in an emotional frenzy. The more emotion the more true it feels.
RegalT62 August 23, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Will, please look up the definition of fascism while you are learning about basic female biology.

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