Do Todd Akin’s Comments Reflect Republican Views? (POLL)

Bay Area leaders question whether Congressman Todd Akin’s recent remarks on “legitimate rape” are reflective of the overall stance of the Republican Party on women’s issues.

In an interview with a St. Louis television station on Sunday, Congressman Todd Akin, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri, made the following comment:

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, that’s really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

Akin's comment drew immediate condemnation from both sides of the political aisle.

Gov. Mitt Romney called Akin's comments "insulting, inexcusable and frankly, wrong."

President Obama also condemned the comments.

“Rape is rape, and the idea that we should be parsing and qualifying and slicing what types of rape we are talking about doesn’t make sense to the American people and certainly doesn’t make sense to me,” he said. 

The comments have inspired fervor from all over the world. As far away as Congo, where thousands of women are regularly subjected to rape, activists have expressed deep concern over Akin's remarks. 

Medical professionals have rushed to rebuke Akin's contention regarding the difficulty of becoming pregnant in the event of a rape. 

Republican leaders have called on Akin to leave the Senate race, however, he has refused to do so, instead releasing an advertisement apologizing for his comments but emphasizing his desire to continue the campaign.

Bay Area Democrats such as U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer were quick to label Akin’s remarks as reflective of a general attitude in the Republican Party.

“It is important to note that this outburst is an outgrowth of the GOP march to the right when it comes to a woman’s health,” said Boxer in a statement.

Bay Area Women Against Rape Executive Director Marsha Blackstock also expressed concern over how someone with Akin’s stance could attain key positions in Congress such as a spot on the House Science Committee.

“Anytime you have people that are in power who hold those types of thoughts or at least are crazy enough to say them, really— I think, set the women’s movement back many, many years,” Blackstock told CBS Bay Area.

Though Republicans and Democrats were unified in their condemnation of Akin’s remarks, Republicans disputed the charge that Akin’s view was representative of their platform.

San Francisco Republican Chair Harmeet Dhillon has denied Akin’s views are similar to mainstream Republican views and has joined calls for Akin to withdraw his candidacy.  

Do you think Akin's Comments reflect most Republicans' views? Vote in the poll and let us know why in the comments.

Antonio Catpo September 01, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Wrong again !! First, Paul Ryan said that the GM plant was closed under the Obama administration. Wrong, it was closed under Bush's. Now he is saying that he finished a marathon in less that 3 hours. Wrong, it took him more than 4 hours ... all facts wrong!! and neocons say Paul Ryan is the brain in the Romney-Ryan team. Sad.
Andrew Peceimer September 01, 2012 at 10:58 PM
Antonio, who controls all of the CA. public schools? Republicans? ....LOL. You have no clue as to why public education in the US and CA is terrible. I suggest you get educated.
A. September 02, 2012 at 12:34 AM
I agree with you Andrew!
A. September 02, 2012 at 12:36 AM
Robert E September 02, 2012 at 06:39 AM
Romney's supporters keep talking about his buisness experence but they never talk about his time as Governor why is that he has some great accomplishments we should talk about. How about Romneycare the blueprint for the Affordable Care Act but neither Romney or his supporters like to talk about that one. In 2004, the MA Supreme Court ruled that the state’s marriage law was unconstitutional — but the Court did not rule, contrary to what is claimed, that gay marriage must be legalized and that the state constitution contains a “right” to marry. Yet, as soon as the ruling was issued, Romney commanded state agencies, by executive order, to start issuing marriage licenses to homosexual couples. I don't think they like to talk about that one also. Mitt believes that anthropogenic global warming is real and that humanity must act urgently to stop it Funny they don't talk about that one either. On the other hand, there is a sensitive issue that Romney has talked about. He has recently made it clear, through spokesperson Andrea Saul, that he is in favor of the Boy Scouts accepting homosexual Scoutmasters and homosexual Boy Scouts. This declaration is consistent with the "old" Romney's support for homosexual rights. Perhaps the "old" Romney and the "new" Romney are one and the same. Mitt Romney: A Liberal’s Liberal Republican


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