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Congressman’s comments on rape show ignorance, lack of compassion

I WAS profoundly saddened to read of Todd Akin’s comments about the supposed low incidence of pregnancy from “legitimate rape” as he sought to justify his position against allowing abortion regardless of the circumstances surrounding a pregnancy (“Mo. congressman’s rape remarks bring national firestorm,” Page A1, Aug. 21).

Such words betray an appalling and dangerous ignorance, and an absence of simple human compassion. Akin suggests that a woman’s body mysteriously ends a pregnancy by “shutting the whole thing down.” If only. Politicians are policy makers. Akin’s utter lack of facts (let alone tact) should disqualify him from a position where he has the power to change lives.

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