Comments for: Missouri GOP Senate candidate says ‘legitimate rape’ rarely causes pregnancy Missouri GOP Senate candidate says ‘legitimate rape’ rarely causes pregnancy Akin's statement threatens to recast a Senate race in which he starts as the favorite. Read More Missouri GOP Senate candidate says ‘legitimate rape’ rarely causes pregnancy Back to story → Guidelines for posting on bangordailynews.com The Bangor Daily News and the Bangor Publishing Co. encourage comments about stories, but you must follow our terms of service. Keep it civil and stay on topic No vulgarity, racial slurs, name-calling or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. The primary rule here is pretty simple: Treat others with the same respect you'd want for yourself. Here are some guidelines (see more): It should be noted this is not a comprehensive list. Don't insult one another or the subjects of BDN stories. 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Quite often, we won't see a comment until it's reported. Questions about why a comment was — or wasn't — deleted? E-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know your username and where you posted or saw the comment. That's about it: Stick to writing about the stories; be civil; be kind; enlighten your neighbors. And we'll keep moderating posts to try to ensure everyone meets those standards. Anonymous How anyone can support a m0r0n like this is beyond me. Anonymous The problem is way too many do support him and others like him. Anonymous “The problem is way too many do support him and others like him. ” Were they all home schooled, too ? Anonymous WHAT A PIG OF A MAN IN THE MOST LOOSE SENSE OF THE WORD, who knows nothing and should be put down, God forbide a child of his was put into this position. Anonymous Years ago people believed his statement …. if a woman claimed she was raped and became pregnant then she wasn’t raped, it must have been consensual because a woman had to be aroused to get pregnant. IMO Mr. Akin did not misspeak, he really does believe that. The morning-after pill should be offered every woman who is a victim of rape as part of medical treatment, as it prevents the egg from attaching to the uterine wall, it would be a medically induced miscarriage ….. that is what happens in many cases of many natural miscarriages. Anonymous And in other idiotic statements by polititians, Rep Hank Johnson (D Ga.) is afraid that the U.S. Territory of Guam is going to “tip over and capsize” due to overpopulation. Anonymous Oh Yeah…stupid comment (though I’d like to hear the context)…so tell me how this relates to an idiotic statement supporting policies that affect 50% of our population? And is just a good old GOP chestnut, dusted off and spouted as fact as we speed right back to a time when ignorance ruled. pbmann Intelligence is not required to be a politician, just look at all of the Republicans. Anonymous and Democrats …. Anonymous Both these tools are (6 words) South of the Mason-Dixon Line. pbmann This guy is just not very smart Anonymous What a dangerous and ignorant man. I find the fact that he’s on the Science Committee to be incredibly alarming as well. pbmann The fact that he and Ryan co-sponsored a bill that attempted to redefine rape as “forcible” rape speaks wonders about Paul Ryan, too. Anonymous Good lawdy, Toddy – look at what you’ve gone and done, you featherhead! Scott Governor LePage’s long-lost brother? Anonymous You insult pigs. Anonymous This weekend is proving to stack the odds a wee bit against this extreme party. Todd’s completely stupid remarks coupled with the news of skinny dipping Republicans in the Sea of Galilee has convinced God himself to send hurricane Isaac to rain on their Florida parade next week. Simply Biblical. Anonymous And this . . . bleep . . . is running for a Senate seat. Party politics reaches a new low. Guest His kind of thinking is dangerous. Anonymous What a maroon. Another voice from the nutty base that thinks the rest of the country wants to be ruled with this kind of mindset. James The Republican party is digging up some certifiable sick candidates. To think that after the elections, if the Republicans get there way, we will be instantly thrown back into the stone age. I cannot believe that even a staunch Republican voter would allow that to happen. Lets hope not. Anonymous Sen. Claire McCaskill is probably having a pretty good Sunday. Her opponent in the Missouri Senate race, Republican Rep. Todd Akin, has spent most of the day backtracking after saying that victims of “legitimate rape” cannot biologically become pregnant and thus do not need access to legal abortions. “First of all, from what I understand from doctors [pregnancy after rape] is really rare,” Akin told KTVI-TV in defense of his stand that rape victims should not be allowed to access abortions. “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down.” Akin said that even if a rape victim does somehow become pregnant, “I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be on the rapist and not attacking the child.” This is from yahoo news this morning. Well thank you Todd Akin. I guess according to you I shouldn’t be here. Seeing my mother was Raped, She couldn’t get pregnant because of the RAPE! This offended figment of your Imagination hopes that this will bite you hard. You need to go get An Education!!!!! KEEP YOUR RELIGION OUT OF MY UTERUS!!!!!!!!!! Anonymous Your mother must be a VERY strong person! 8) Thank You for sharing your story! Anonymous The Party of Small Government cares a lot about your female private parts and wants to make sure that all your reproductive decisions are theirs and not yours. Yessah Anonymous When I taught school I always kept dumb bells like him in the back row or in the hall..Figured that tax supported education would be wasted on him. Anonymous How different are these moronic comments from those who insist that one’s gender preference is wholly a matter of choice and could easily be changed if gays and lesbians were so inclined? In both cases the burden is put on the “deviant” by those who, like this would-be Senator, know nothing about the experience of being raped or being homosexual. The good news is that Sen. McCaskill’s chances for re-election in Missouri have been enhanced. Anonymous “Off the cuff” remarks…? BS. “Real” rape is in the common lexicon of pro-life zealots… It is a term that has been and is used regularly with people of this opinion, meaning rape that comes of a stranger and is violent… Nothing “off the cuff” about it. This is how this dolt thinks. This is how a large proportion of the gop thinks… All part and parcel with YOYO (you’re on your own) safety nets policies, “just die quickly” health care policy, and “war and torture are glorious endeavors for our God-fearing nation” attitudes… Anonymous Make no mistakes about it, nuts like Akin and the crazy-seeds he’s trying to plant are what this next election is all about. A party that continually tries to get farther and farther Right. Keep going till you step Right off the cliff. Anonymous It should be noted that Paul Ryan co-sponsored abortion legislation with Akin which would re-define personhood allowing states to completely ban abortion (in all cases, even rape) and some forms of birth control. Anonymous Ladies, they’re gonna put y’all back in chains. Anonymous There is more truth than fiction in your statement. Anonymous Which is why I typed it. Kitchell Stick to the subject! You people are clouding common sense in the name of emotionalismand political correctnes. So every woman that claims to be raped is telling the truth? really?. What a joke. The guy is trying to make a point about abortions. Rapists need to be punished, innocent children should not be murdered. Anonymous Please support wide availability of the morning after pill which prevents the sperm from reaching the unfertilized egg. If you really think a fertilized egg is a child, then what is your position as to the unused eggs from in vitro fertilization? I have met many woman who have discussed rape. I have never met one who made it up. Isn’t it far better to quickly provide the morning after pill than to question every victim’s veracity? Anonymous The common sense issue is that when people interbreed they wind up with eyes on the sides of their head. More importantly a woman should have TOTAL control of her reproductive choices and that is no ones business but hers. All you less government people want less government unless it involves a woman’s body. Anonymous No, the issue is that step one when a women is raped you don’t treat her as the suspect. You don’t insinuate that if she was really raped, she wouldn’t be pregnant. That’s the issue and it’s nonsense. Introduce sperm to an egg and you can end up with a pregnancy. Period. Dlbrt I see whats going on here! Reagan threw all the crazy people out on the Street in the 80’s and gave them all Vote Republican Buttons and little American flags to wave and they have finally— come of age! Anonymous Could someone kindly respond to the meaning of the following paragraph. I do not understand it at all. Thank you. “According to a 1996 study by the Medical University of South Carolina, approximately 32,000 pregnancies result from rape annually in the United States, and about 5 percent of rape victims are impregnated.” Anonymous 5% of rape victims end up impregnated. Annually that amounts to 32,000. Anonymous I still don’t understand the paragraph. It says that 32,000 pregnancies are the result of rape per year in the United States. I guess I have no idea what the 5 percent of rape victims means? 5% of what? So is it 32,000 women become pregnant by rape or 5 percent of rape victims become pregnant – just a very confusing sentence. Thank you for responding!! Anonymous OK – now I see!! Thank you!! Nicole Foster If there are over 700,000+- (according to different sources) rapes each year in the U.S. 35,000 pregnancies from those rapes would be roughly 5% of 700,000, the total number of rapes (again, + or -). That’s a LOT of women having to deal with pregnancies from rape.