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Rep. Todd Akin - Morning-after pills should be banned

5:03 pm - 08/09/2012
Republican Rep. Todd Akin, who is running for Senate in Missouri, on Wednesday said that emergency contraceptive pills should be outlawed.

“As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion,” he told KCMO’s Greg Knapp, “and I think we shouldn’t have abortion in this country.”

Akin suggested there should be no exceptions for rape or incest. When it came the mother’s health, doctors should try to “optimize life.”

“The life of the mother, the situation there is one where I think what you want to do is optimize life,” Akin said. “You try to save the mother’s life, you try to save the child. There are certain things like, you know, you get a tubal pregnancy where the child has absolutely no chance of surviving, then you do the best you can to save the mother’s life.”

Emergency contraceptive pills like Plan B and Ella can prevent pregnancy in women after unprotected sex by delaying or preventing ovulation. Anti-abortion advocates have opposed the pills because some research has found it prevents fertilized eggs from implanting on the uterine wall. However, that research is highly disputed.

Listen to audio, clipped by Progress Missouri, below:


This person is a sitting Congressman who has a very good shot at winning a US Senate seat.
shhh_its_s3cr3t 10th-Aug-2012 02:16 am (UTC)
This man reveals hidden depths of hate in me that I really hoped I was incapable of feeling. I can see how I was wrong.... sigh. Just fuck this guy.
layweed 10th-Aug-2012 02:18 am (UTC)
I want someone to take this to the extreme and ask him whether he would support government forcing women to get pregnant and have babbies.
tnganon 10th-Aug-2012 03:11 am (UTC)
that's what this means already

so yes
ljtaylor 10th-Aug-2012 08:51 am (UTC)
I'm reminded of Knocked Up here. "Nooo, we can't legally ask you to lose weight. I might say...'tighten'."

if_by_sea 10th-Aug-2012 02:19 am (UTC)
oh come on.
lanculus 10th-Aug-2012 02:25 am (UTC)
lunchy 10th-Aug-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
“As far as I’m concerned..."

HOLD IT. BACKUP. Are you...
A doctor?
A pediatician?
Hell, even a pharmacy worker at CVS?

No? Then your "concern" doesn't mean a bloody thing.
chaya 10th-Aug-2012 02:31 am (UTC)
Or a person capable of even getting pregnant yourself?

(Srsly fuck this guy)
emofordino 10th-Aug-2012 03:41 am (UTC)

why anyone is allowed to create, edit, or support/reject legislation in this country (or any country) regarding the medical and nursing fields without being a doctor or a nurse is far beyond my comprehension. and this guy is obviously not a doctor or even smart enough to research the topic on which he is debating because THE MORNING AFTER PILL DOESN'T CAUSE AN ABORTION. jesus fucking christ, i hate everything.
moonbladem 10th-Aug-2012 02:26 am (UTC)
Akin suggested there should be no exceptions for rape or incest.

Sure, punish the victim. After all, they either deserved it or asked for it, right?

He's the one who should be banned... from the human race.
tigerdreams 10th-Aug-2012 02:29 am (UTC)
I think Rep. Todd Akin should be banned. From this planet, preferably.
hotcement 10th-Aug-2012 02:36 am (UTC)
insert every eyeroll gif here

i am so fucking sick and tired of all this political controversy over women's rights. they're called rights for a reason, etc. i have nothing constructive or new to contribute, i'm just in a mood.
ljtaylor 10th-Aug-2012 08:54 am (UTC)
yeah, ditto. and then in the same breath they want to make it difficult for folks to get funding for pre & post-natal healthcare? there's just nothing else to it than "we hate women". period.
keeperofthekeys 10th-Aug-2012 02:39 am (UTC)
Well it's not a form of abortion, and abortion is legal in this country anyway, so

earthequality 10th-Aug-2012 03:28 am (UTC)
This whole comment deserves an award
executivehpfan 10th-Aug-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Jaaaaaanewaaaaay my queen. A+ comment.
brother_dour 10th-Aug-2012 02:56 am (UTC)
Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the 2020 GOP Presidential candidate :(
lovedforaday 10th-Aug-2012 03:07 am (UTC)
Todd will be 73 in 2020, so hopefully he'll be too old by then.
layweed 10th-Aug-2012 03:10 am (UTC)
Not if Ted Cruz has anything to say about it!
brother_dour 10th-Aug-2012 07:38 pm (UTC)
Nah. Cruz is only hateful enough for the VP nomination.
bluebombardier 10th-Aug-2012 03:13 am (UTC)
Oh for fuck's sake. If you don't have ladyparts, you shouldn't be allowed to make any decisions about ladyparts. I don't tell you where to stick your dick, but for the record, you can shove it up your own ass and fuck yourself.
moonbladem 10th-Aug-2012 03:36 am (UTC)
roseofjuly 10th-Aug-2012 03:44 am (UTC)
*a uterus

Because a uterus is not exclusively "lady"parts, btw
bluebombardier 10th-Aug-2012 04:04 am (UTC)
Would you believe that I momentarily forgot that uterus was a word? I had "womb" before, and I knew there was another word for it, but I couldn't fucking remember what it was, so I went with "ladyparts", because it sounds funny and like something that Rep. Todd Akin up there would understand, since, you know, women's bodies are ~so mysterious~ and therefore must be regulated.
seishin 10th-Aug-2012 03:47 am (UTC)
this comment + icon = gold
mickeym 10th-Aug-2012 04:15 am (UTC)
I don't tell you where to stick your dick, but for the record, you can shove it up your own ass and fuck yourself.

Preferably with sandpaper to ease the way.
poopanna 10th-Aug-2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
celtic_thistle 10th-Aug-2012 09:59 pm (UTC)
I chortled.

Edited at 2012-08-10 09:59 pm (UTC)
fofomazuzu 10th-Aug-2012 03:19 am (UTC)
I'm going to be so glad to not vote for him in November.
earthequality 10th-Aug-2012 03:28 am (UTC)
I feel like, if you don't have bloody eggs coming out of your body at some time doing the year, you can't say jack about women's health. "Optimize life" and what, leave the mother wrecked and barren? They're far worse things than death, especially when giving birth is very close to it. I wish there was some kind of emotional, mental and physical simulation that other men could go through to know what it's like to have a period or carry a baby, then give birth and lose that baby.
4o5pastmidnight 10th-Aug-2012 03:48 am (UTC)
Yes, let's "optimize life" by making the mother die because you know, she wanted an abortion and it's her fault for having sex and getting pregnant and not seeing that as her place in this world, and then put the baby in the foster care system where it will likely be abused and neglected BECAUSE LIFE IS SO FUCKING SACRED

executivehpfan 10th-Aug-2012 03:54 am (UTC)
Die in all the fires.
grace_om 10th-Aug-2012 04:14 am (UTC)
So basically he wants to practice medicine without a license.
lickety_split 10th-Aug-2012 04:16 am (UTC)
Fuck you ser! I have 3 boxes on Plan B in my bedside drawer right now, just waiting to be used!!!
mickeym 10th-Aug-2012 05:25 am (UTC)
It's too bad we can't ban HIM -- straight off the planet. Grrr.
vanya_elda 10th-Aug-2012 05:41 am (UTC)
I live close enough to Missouri that I see his commercials. I always have to leave the room because his face and words make me so frustrated and angry.
atomic_joe2 10th-Aug-2012 09:12 am (UTC)
Because the LAST thing we want is for women to have a choice!! Look where that leads!!

Sad thing is people will probably still vote for this man.
lovedforaday 10th-Aug-2012 12:10 pm (UTC)
Probably? They will vote for him. Claire McCaskill is still in trouble, but maybe, with Akin being so extreme, her chances will be better.
callmepatsy 10th-Aug-2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
"As far as I'm concerned..." followed by some totally medically and scientifically untrue opinion does not make you an expert.

A cheering story after an article like this: I went to the Dept. of Public Health the other day for an HIV test, and in the course of some routine questions about my sexual history, the doctor made sure to let me know that both regular birth control and Plan B were available there, and did so without a hint of judginess...I was pleasantly surprised.
poopanna 10th-Aug-2012 01:48 pm (UTC)
saccharin_smile 10th-Aug-2012 06:02 pm (UTC)
Where is this from?
little_rachael 11th-Aug-2012 06:39 am (UTC)
Clue, the movie.
kyra_neko_rei 10th-Aug-2012 04:03 pm (UTC)
“As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion,”

As far as your concerned is about six meters into a marathon where the actual reality of the matter is at the finish line.

Dude, you really need to concern yourself farther---at least as far as actual facts---before you open your mouth about this.

There is utterly no justification for your delusions informing whether I should be forced into any length of an unwanted pregnancy.
zombieroadtrip 10th-Aug-2012 09:16 pm (UTC)
“As far as I’m concerned, the morning-after pill is a form of abortion,” he told KCMO’s Greg Knapp, “and I think we shouldn’t have abortion in this country.”

I don't understand why conservatives think they can preface anything and everything with "it's my opinion that," or "as far as I'm concerned," and then present an absurdly untrue statement as if that covers them.

As far as I'm concerned, Todd Akin is an alien from Mars wearing human skin. Now you can't correct me, because it's just my opinion.
tabaqui 10th-Aug-2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
Shut the fuck up you moronic bastard.
And, while you're at it - GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY STATE.
celtic_thistle 10th-Aug-2012 09:57 pm (UTC)
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