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Todd Akin

Todd AkinAKA William Todd Akin

Born: 5-Jul-1947
Birthplace: New York City

Gender: Male
Religion: Presbyterian
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Politician
Party Affiliation: Republican

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Congressman from Missouri, 2001-13

Military service: US Army (1971-80)

"We could learn from the Pilgrims by understanding that the Bible is not just a book of how to be nice to people, it is an entire blueprint for the way civilization can be structured."

Akin has indicated that rape won't result in pregnancy. Interview with Charles Jaco:

Q. "If an abortion could be considered in the case of, say, a tubal pregnancy or something like that, what about in the case of rape? Should it be legal, or no?"

A. "Well you know, people always want to try and make that as one of those things: 'Well, how do you, how do you, slice this particularly tough sort of ethical question?' It seems to me, first of all, 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, you know I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist, and not attacking the child."[1]

Akin's so-called understanding is in willful ignorance of reality: over 32,000 pregnancies result annually in the United States by "legitimate rape." In a 1996 study the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology calculates this to be a rate of 5% for victims in the ages of fertility.

Put another way:

"There are no words for this -- it is just nuts," said Dr. Michael Greene, a professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive biology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. David Grimes, a clinical professor in obstetrics and gynecology at the University of North Carolina, said, that "to suggest that there's some biological reason why women couldn't get pregnant during a rape is absurd."[2]

Todd Akin is a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology.


[1] Quoted by Robin Abcarian, "Rep. Todd Akin: No Pregnancy from Legitimate Rape", The Los Angeles Times, 19 August 2012. The interview is with local television host Charles Jaco of KTVI, video available.

[2] "Health Experts Dismiss Assertions on Rape," New York Times (20-Aug-2012)

Father: Paul Bigelow Akin
Mother: Nancy Perry
Wife: Lulli
Son: Wynn
Son: Perry
Son: Micah
Son: Ezra
Daughter: Hannah
Daughter: Abigail

    High School: John Burroughs School, St. Louis, MO
    University: BS Management Engineering, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (1971)
    Theological: M.Div., Covenant Seminary, St. Louis, MO (1984)

    US Congressman, Missouri 2nd (2001-13)
    Missouri State House of Representatives (1988-2001)
    Laclede Steel Company Manager
    IBM Marketer (1974-77)
    Boy Scouts of America Assistant Troop Leader
    Leadership Institute Bi-Partisan Congressional Advisory Board
    Mission Gate Prison Ministry Board Member
    Missouri Right to Life Board Member (former)
    National Student Leadership Conference Honorary Board of Advisors
    Todd Akin for Senate Candidate
    Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity
    Risk Factors: Prostate Cancer

Official Website:
http://www.akin.org/


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