Friday, October 5, 2012

Anybody Still Have Doubt That Rep. Todd Akin (R, Mo) Should Even Be in a Senate Race After These Comments?

Didn’t Think So

The cause célèbre that is Republican Todd Akin’s race for the Senate seat held by Claire McCaskill in Missouri becomes a damnation of Mr. Akin with every passing day.  The initial problem was Mr. Akin’s assertion that rape victims cannot get pregnant, at least not from ‘legitimate’ rape. 

Mr. Akin has refused to leave the race, and craven Republicans (those who lack even basic principles) have started to support his candidacy.  Mitt Romney, to his credit, has not flip flopped on this one.  Now Mr. Akin has given even further evidence, not that it was needed, of his total lack of qualifications and basic decency.

Rep. Todd Akin's campaign is standing by the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate in Missouri's 2008 claim that doctors commonly perform abortions on women who "are not actually pregnant."

Wow, clearly the man must have clear and compelling evidence here.

"There's ample evidence that abortion doctors on any number of occasions have deceived women into thinking that they're pregnant, and then collect money for a procedure that they don't perform," said Rick Tyler, a spokesperson for Akin's campaign. "And I say they don't perform it because obviously the women weren't pregnant."

And what is the ‘ample evidence’.  Well there is this.

Akin's evidence consists of a news report from 1978 and the claims of a former Planned Parenthood official, a spokesman said. . . . .

Tyler cited a 1978 investigation by the Chicago Sun-Times that claimed that dozens of "abortion mills" were performing unnecessary abortions for profit.

And then there is this . . . no wait a minute there isn’t any more.

There is scarce other, or more recent, documentation of alleged unnecessary abortions for profit. Asked if Akin thinks unnecessary abortion procedures are still a major problem, Tyler said, "Who would know? No one reports on it anymore."

In 2010 Republicans ran some candidates who were fools in Delaware and Nevada, as did the Democrats in South Carolina.  Mr. Akin is no fool, he is something far worse.

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