It is hard to imagine that anyone in 2012 could believe that victims of “legitimate rape” can’t get pregnant, let alone that a six-term congressman who sits on the House Science Committee would assert something so ignorant by way of explaining his views on abortion. US Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican nominee in the Missouri Senate race, voiced that egregious superstition in a television interview on Sunday, and has been facing calls for his withdrawal from the race ever since.
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