Todd Akin not alone in extremist views

Recently Missouri Senatorial candidate Todd Akin stated that he opposes a woman’s right to terminate a pregnancy, even in cases of rape, because he says “legitimate rape” rarely results in pregnancy.  He claims that a woman’s body somehow knows to “shut the whole thing down” and prevent pregnancy that might result from a sexual assault.

Rape is rape and it is ignorant and insensitive to suggest that some forms of rape are legitimate and others are not.  Additionally his claim about pregnancy is medically inaccurate; there is absolutely no evidence that the female body can instinctively defend itself against pregnancy as Akin suggests.  According to the National Sexual Violence Research Center, 25,000 become pregnant women each year as a result of rape.  For Akin to suggest that their experience is illegitimate is appalling.

It is disturbing that people are legislating and running for office who have such a fundamental disregard for women and women’s health.  Akin is not alone in his beliefs, though.  His statements reflect the views of vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and many others.  Last year, Ryan cosponsored a bill that would essentially redefine rape in order to create legislative barriers for women seeking to terminate a pregnancy.  It would do so at one of the most traumatic and vulnerable points in a woman’s life.  San Diego Congressman Brian Bilbray co-sponsored the bill to redefine rape.  He also voted to defund Planned Parenthood.  Bilbray calls himself a moderate, but his record shows him in lockstep with extremists like Todd Akin.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney has stated that he wants to shut down Planned Parenthood and the nation’s family planning program, which currently provides five million low-income people with lifesaving cervical, breast and testicular cancer screenings, testing and treatment for sexually transmitted diseases, and contraception.  As most people know, more than 90 percent of Planned Parenthood services are preventive and federal funds do not pay for abortion except in very rare cases.  There is no other organization that does more to reduce the rate of abortion than Planned Parenthood.

Linda LeGerrette, board of directors
Planned Parenthood Action Fund of the Pacific Southwest

Related posts:

  1. Sexual assault suspect found dead in cell
  2. Former Navy man pleads guilty to series of rapes
  3. Women in politics is panel’s topic
  4. Primary election kaleidoscope
  5. Planned Parenthood a passion for Jennifer Dreyer

Short URL:

Posted by Staff on Aug 30, 2012. Filed under Letters, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply



Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6



  • La Jolla Library welcomes new chief Shaun Briley
    For La Jolla Riford Library’s new head librarian, Shaun Briley, books have been a part of his life and career, in some form or another, every step of the way. […]
  • Tangerine trees, marmalade skies for Beatles-inspired Patrons of the Prado gala in Balboa Park, San Diego
    “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was the theme of the Patrons of the Prado gala on July 12, 2014 in Balboa Park, San Diego. Beatles-inspired music came from Wayne Foster Entertainment. Sandy Redman and Jeanne Jones served as event chairs. 2014’s beneficiaries are the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, San Diego Museum of Art and The Old Globe Theatre. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for events July 31- Aug. 7
    Museum of Photographic Arts (MOPA) offers a crash course in starting a photography collection 6 p.m. Thursday Aug. 7. at the Ligne Roset Showroom, 7726 Girard Ave. MOPA assistant curator Chantel Paul and director of jdc Fine Art Jennifer DeCarlo will share professional insights. […]




  • Rancho Santa Fe resident’s Gen 7 wines earn top honors
    Rancho Santa Fe resident Tim Bacino’s Gen 7 Wines is on a hot streak, his varietals winning several awards this summer in California wine competitions. […]
  • Torrey Pines High School baseball alum Taylor Murphy excelling in pro ball
    It was during a breakout senior year at Torrey Pines High that Taylor Murphy first popped up on the radar of professional scouts. Shortly after graduation, Murphy was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 40th round of the June 2011 amateur draft. He declined, honoring a commitment to the University of the Pacific. Three years later, Murphy got another sho […]
  • Why Hire a Licensed Landscape Professional?
    By Steve Jacobs, Nature Designs The old saying – “if something seems to good to be true, it probable is” – is quite fitting when it comes to hiring a contractor for your home or yard construction project. While it is smart to shop around, get quotes, etc., don’t fall into the trap of trusting […]